NOTICE OF Council MEETING

PUBLIC AGENDA

 

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, 14 March 2022 at 6:30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett Newman

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 


 

COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

Governance

Manager

 

Lord Mayor
Cr Donna Davis

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Minute Clerk

 

 

 

 

Cr Phil

Bradley

 

 

Cr Lorraine Wearne

 

 

 

 

 

Sound

Cr Sameer Pandey, Deputy Lord Mayor

 

Cr Donna Wang

 

 

 

Cr Paul

Noack

 

Cr Michelle Garrard

 

 

 

Cr Ange Humphries

 

Cr Dan

Siviero

 

 

 

IT

Cr Dr Patricia Prociv

 

Cr Henry Green

 

 

 

Cr Pierre

Esber

 

Cr Kellie Darley

 

 

 

Cr Cameron Maclean

 

Cr Georgina Valjak

 

 

 

 

Executive Director City Engagement & Experience

Executive Director Community Services

Executive Director City Planning & Design

Group Manager City Strategy

Executive Director City Assets & Operations

Executive Director Corporate Services

Executive Director Property and Place

 

 

 

Press

Press

 

 

 

 

Public Gallery

 


 

STATEMENT OF ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS:

 

In accordance with clause 3.23 of the Model Code of Meeting Practice, Council is obligated to remind Councillors of the oath or affirmation of office made under section 233A of the Local Government Act 1993, and of their obligations under Council’s Code of Conduct to disclose and appropriately manage conflicts of interest – the ethical obligations of which are outlined below:

 

Obligations

Oath [Affirmation] of Office by Councillors

I swear [solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm] that I will undertake the duties of the office of Councillor in the best interests of the people of the City of Parramatta Council and the City of Parramatta Council that I will faithfully and impartially carry out the functions, powers, authorities and discretions vested in me under the Local Government Act 1993 or any other Act to the best of my ability and judgement.

Code of Conduct Conflict of Interests

Pecuniary Interests

A Councillor who has a pecuniary interest in any matter with which the Council is concerned, and who is present at a meeting of the Council at which the matter is being considered, must disclose the nature of the interest to the meeting.

 

The Councillor must not be present at, or in sight of, the meeting:

a)      At any time during which the matter is being considered or discussed, or

b)      At any time during which the Council is voting on any question in relation to the matter.

Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interests

A Councillor who has a non-pecuniary conflict of interest in a matter, must disclose the relevant private interest in relation to the matter fully and on each occasion on which the non-pecuniary conflict of interest arises in relation to the matter.

Significant Non-Pecuniary Conflict of Interests

A Councillor who has a significant non-pecuniary conflict of interest in relation to a matter under consideration at a Council meeting, must manage the conflict of interest as if they had a pecuniary interest in the matter.

Non-Significant Non-Pecuniary Interests

A Councillor who determines that they have a non-pecuniary conflict of interest in a matter that is not significant and does not require further action, when disclosing the interest must also explain why conflict of interest is not significant and does not require further action in the circumstances.

 


Council                                                                                                              14 March 2022

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

ITEM                                                         SUBJECT                                               PAGE NO

 

1       OPENING MEETING

2       ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE TRADITIONAL LAND OWNERS

3       WEBCASTING ANNOUNCEMENT

4       OTHER RECORDING OF MEETING ANOUNCEMENT

5       CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

Council - 21 February 2022........................................................................................ 7

6       APOLOGIES AND APPLICATIONS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE

7       DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

8       Minutes of the Lord Mayor

9       Public Forum

10     Petitions

11     Rescission Motions

Nil

12     For Notation

12.1           Investment Report for December 2021............................................... 30

12.2           Investment Report for January 2022................................................... 80

12.3           CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.................................................... 130

12.4           Proposed traffic improvements on Hill Road, Wentworth Point.... 134

13     For Council Decision

13.1           Councillor Representation on Statutory Committees and External Bodies                                                                                                                  142

13.2           Appointment of Community Representatives to the Parramatta Local Planning Panel...................................................................................... 151

13.3           Minutes of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022........................................................................................................ 159

13.4           Minutes of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022....................................................................................... 296

13.5           Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan............................................ 406

13.6           Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths, Epping..................... 526

13.7           Submission on the draft Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy...................................................................................................... 542

13.8           Submission on the draft Camellia-Rosehill Place Strategy........... 576

13.9           Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 135 George Street and 118 Harris Street, Parramatta (Albion Hotel site)............................................................ 703

13.10         Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal, draft Site-Specific Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 85-91 Thomas Street, Parramatta............................................................................................. 863

13.11         Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal and draft Planning Agreement for 1 Windsor Road, North Rocks............................................................. 1340

14     Notices of Motion

14.1           Fish Kill and Reducing Organic Matter in Our Waterways.......... 1576

14.2           Summary of Council Meetings......................................................... 1579

14.3           Improving Access to Council Business Papers............................. 1581

14.4           Events Budget (Deferred Item)........................................................ 1583

14.5           CBD Lighting Project (Deferred Item)............................................. 1585

14.6           Lack of Mobile Service in Wentworth Point.................................... 1588

14.7           Police & Citizens Youth Club (PCYC) Parramatta at CommBank Stadium                                                                                                                1590

15     Questions with Notice

15.1           Questions Taken on Notice from Council Meeting - 21 February 2022 1594

16     Closed Session

16.1           Compulsory Acquisition of 70 Macquarie Street by Metro

This report is confidential in accordance with section 10A (2) (c) (d) of the Local Government Act 1993 as the report contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business; AND the report contains commercial information of a confidential nature that would, if disclosed (i) prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied it; or (ii) confer a commercial advantage on a competitor of the Council; or (iii) reveal a trade secret.

17     PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED IN CLOSED SESSION

18     CONCLUSION OF MEETING

 

After the conclusion of the Council Meeting, and if time permits, Councillors will be provided an opportunity to ask questions of staff

 

 


MINUTES OF THE Meeting of City of Parramatta Council HELD IN THE CLOISTER FUNCTION ROOMS, ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL 1 MARIST PLACE, PARRAMATTA ON Monday, 21 February 2022 AT 6:30pm

 

These are draft minutes and are subject to confirmation by Council at its next meeting. The confirmed minutes will replace this draft version on the website once confirmed.

 

PRESENT

 

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis and Councillors Phil Bradley (6:34pm), Kellie Darley (6:34pm), Pierre Esber, Michelle Garrard, Henry Green, Ange Humphries, Cameron Maclean, Paul Noack (6:34pm), Sameer Pandey, Dr Patricia Prociv, Dan Siviero, Georgina Valjak, Donna Wang and Lorraine Wearne.

 

1.      OPENING MEETING

 

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis, opened the meeting at 6:32pm.

 

2.      ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF THE TRADITIONAL LAND OWNERS

 

The Lord Mayor, acknowledged the Burramattagal people of The Darug Nation as the traditional custodians of this land, and paid respect to their ancient culture and their elders past and present.

 

Note: Councillors Bradley, Darley and Noack arrived at the meeting at 6:34pm.

 

3.      WEBCASTING ANNOUNCEMENT

 

The Lord Mayor, advised that this public meeting is being recorded and streamed live on the internet. The recording will also be archived and made available on Council’s website.

 

The Lord Mayor further advised that all care will be taken to maintain privacy, however as a visitor in the public gallery, the public should be aware that their presence may be recorded.

 

4.      OTHER RECORDING OF MEETING ANOUNCEMENT

 

As per Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, the recording of the Council Meeting by the public using any device, audio or video, is only permitted with Council permission. Recording a Council Meeting without permission may result in the individual being expelled from the Meeting.

 

5.      CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES

 

 

SUBJECT:         Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 7 February 2022

 

3661

RESOLVED      (Bradley/Noack)

 

That the minutes be taken as read and be accepted as a true record of the Meeting.

 

6.      APOLOGIES/REQUESTS FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE

 

3662

RESOLVED      (Noack/Bradley)

 

That the request to attend the Ordinary Council Meeting dated 21 February 2022 via remote means submitted by the following Councillors due to personal reasons, be accepted:

-           Councillor Humphries;

-           Councillor Wearne.

 

7.      DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

There were no Declarations of Interest made at this meeting.

 

 

Matter of Urgency

 

3663

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Noack)

 

That a procedural motion be granted to allow consideration of a matter of urgency in relation to the re-establishment of the Finance Committee.

 

The Lord Mayor ruled the matter urgent.

 

3664

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Garrard)

 

That Council re-establish the Finance Committee with a meeting to be held within two (2) weeks, and the following Councillors be elected to the Committee:

-           Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Pandey, Chairperson

-           Councillor Garrard

-           Councillor Maclean

-           Councillor Bradley

-           Councillor Wearne

-           Councillor Siviero (alternate)

-           Councillor Darley (alternate).

 

8.      Minutes of the Lord Mayor

 

8.1

SUBJECT          International Women's Day 2022

 

REFERENCE   F2021/02779 - D08406077

 

REPORT OF     Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

3665

RESOLVED      (Davis/Pandey)

 

(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.

 

8.2

SUBJECT          Long Hai Day 2022

 

REFERENCE   F2021/02779 - D08422725

 

REPORT OF     Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

3666

RESOLVED      (Davis/Wang)

 

(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.

 

8.3

SUBJECT          Welcome West Phil

 

REFERENCE   F2021/02779 - D08424018

 

REPORT OF     Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

3667

RESOLVED      (Davis/Noack)

 

(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.

 

8.4

SUBJECT          Lunar New Year 2022

 

REFERENCE   F2021/02779 - D08424183

 

REPORT OF     Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

3668

RESOLVED      (Davis/Wang)

 

(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.

 

8.5

SUBJECT          Homelessness Street Count

 

REFERENCE   F2021/02779 - D08425127

 

REPORT OF     Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis

 

3669

RESOLVED      (Davis/Pandey)

 

(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)     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.

 

(d)     Further, that a short report be provided to Council on the Homelessness Action Plan and responding to any findings from the homelessness count.

 

9.      Public Forum

 

9.1

SUBJECT          PUBLIC FORUM 1: Item 13.2 - Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 195 Church Street, 65-79 Macquarie Street, 38 and 45 Hunter Street, Parramatta (St John's Anglican Church)

 

REFERENCE   RZ/5/2018 - D08422098

 

FROM                 Rev Canon Bruce Morrison, St John’s Cathedral

 

 

Councillors, thank-you for the opportunity to speak. You may find it helpful to have the map on page 80 turned up as I  speak.

 

You have it within your power this evening, to send this Planning Proposal to exhibition and to meet the timetable set out by the Department of Planning.

 

Almost 5 years of work has been undertaken by us and by Council. The proposal provides for many hundreds of jobs and real economic benefit for the City of Parramatta. All of this will  come to nothing if you do not approve this proposal this evening. That decision would reverse the previous approval by   Council back in December 2019 where it was passed with a majority of 10 votes to 3.

 

Sending this proposal to exhibition provides both sides with options. Stopping it from moving ahead this evening provides   none.

 

I will start with what we agree upon. We have an agreed DCP  position. The DCP recognises the evolving nature of Parramatta and the Parish while protecting St John’s Cathedral. The DCP enables a planning pathway for two outcomes; Option A - a development with the St John’s Hall removed and replaced; Option B - a development with the St John’s Hall partially retained.

 

We appreciate the officers’ comments that we have worked  collaboratively for this outcome.

 

Turning to the Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA). We  have consistently agreed on the core elements:

i.        A new civic space appropriate to the front door of a  heritage Cathedral,

ii.       Public access provided in perpetuity through the site, and

iii.      Provision for temporary and permanent vehicular  access to 181 Church St., the QLD Arcade.

 

First, the New Civic Space to the West: This will function as an  extension of Parramatta Square towards Marsden St.

 

Our original plans had vehicular access from Macquarie St. Transport for NSW had other ideas. Vehicular access into the basement must now come off Hunter St. We are happy to reinstate the through site link from Macquarie St. to Hunter St. as originally proposed. The impact to the square in either option is minimal, and the new square remains an excellent  urban outcome.

 

Secondly, deed of access through the new civic space. You may not all be aware that the land around the Cathedral, including the lawns, is private property. It is owned by the Anglican Diocese of Sydney. It has been suggested that we have not come to the party in providing public benefit. On the contrary, we have encouraged public access and use of this space since 1953. This has been achieved through a deed  which will expire in less than 20 years.

 

We are happy to provide certainty of Public Access through the Cathedral grounds in perpetuity, via a Deed of Access. This does not require an easement. Indeed, The Parish of Parramatta has no legal power to provide an easement registered on title. The land is owned by the diocese in trust for the Parish of Parramatta. A change registered on title would require the approval of the Diocesan Synod. Such approval has not happened in 200 years.

 

We have the opportunity to seize this moment as the next chapter of Parramatta and the Parish is written. It would be a tragedy if in 20 years’ time, when existing arrangements come  to an end, people look back and say that February 2022 was a missed opportunity.

 

Thirdly, the provision of vehicular access to Queensland arcade. It was actually Council that first approached St. John’s in 2017 regarding this access. We have tried to assist with the provision of access for vehicles to Queensland Arcade. It needs to be born in mind that this is an issue which really has nothing  to do with St. John’s or our development proposal.

 

Nevertheless, we are prepared to provide 6m from our property, along the railway line, for a permanent vehicular access to Queensland Arcade. We have also agreed to temporary access for Queensland Arcade over our land. This will encumber the use of our land, while Council seeks to resolve a safety issue that has nothing to do with our proposed  development. I reiterate - we will provide temporary vehicular access for third parties across our land. We do however need to put a limit on timing to ensure that this does not permanently encumber our land due to inaction of other parties. Providing access during construction and allowing cars through the new civic space would be untenable for anyone including Council. The permanent access solution will come as part of the redevelopment of 45 Hunter St.

 

Other matters of landscaping upgrade and maintenance responsibility of the civic space being undertaken by the parish can easily be accommodated as you will note from our correspondence.

 

Finally, there is a plaque on the wall of the Cathedral which says “To mark the co-operation of the Church and City in giving Beauty and Rest. 15 November 1953”. We sincerely hope to continue that co-operation.

Thank you for your time this evening. We would be happy to   answer any questions.

 

STAFF RESPONSE

 

No staff response provided.

 

9.2

SUBJECT          PUBLIC FORUM 2: Item 13.2 - Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 195 Church Street, 65-79 Macquarie Street, 38 and 45 Hunter Street, Parramatta (St John's Anglican Church)

 

REFERENCE   RZ/5/2018 - D08422153

 

FROM                 Cheryl Bates, Chair Parramatta Regional Branch, National Trust of Australia (NSW)

 

 

I would like to make a number of comments on this Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for St John's Cathedral.

 

First, I do not understand why it is necessary to have such a complicated and confusing set of recommendations for this item. Surely, the Councillors and the community would be better placed to know what is going to happen with this Planning Proposal if Council consideration was deferred until after the deadline in the report of 28 February 2022.

 

Second, my reading of the report suggests that the demolition of the heritage item is being balanced against the provision of additional “public purposes” through a Planning Agreement. At present and the reason for the complicated recommendations is that the applicant has not provided sufficient “public purposes” to justify the demolition of the Parish Hall. In my view, this approach is absurd. The demolition of a heritage item should be based on whether the heritage item still maintains its level of significance and not whether a significant historical feature of the City of Parramatta can be traded off for some street art or some other “public purpose” simply because it is convenient for a developer to do so.

 

I refer to the comments from the Department of Planning when the matter was referred to them - letter dated 8 September 2020: (page 122 Business Paper):

 

“There has been no strong evidence provided to allow the proposed removal of St Johns Parish Church Hall from the heritage schedule of Parramatta Local Environment Plan 2011. Inconsistency between the heritage advise presented within the planning proposal introduced enough uncertainty regarding the merit of delisting these items. The merit of conserving the buildings should be assessed through the development application process when there is greater certainty for the built form and options for a variety of development outcomes can be analysed and considered.”

 

It cannot be accepted that the provision of some “public purposes” by the applicant is a meaningful response to this comment from the Department.

 

A further letter dated 8 September 2020 also from the Department states (page 124, Business Paper):

 

1.      Prior to public exhibition, Council is to amend the planning proposal and supporting documentation as follows:

          (b)     all references regarding the removal of St John’s Parish Hall as an item of local heritage are to be removed.

 

Third, a “planning agreement “can be entered into to “change an environmental planning instrument” (s 7.4(1)(a) Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act)).  A Planning Agreement is generally used for amendments to development standards such as height and floor space ratio. It is also my understanding that the removal of a heritage item from Schedule 5 of LEP 2011 requires the same process as including a heritage item in Schedule 5. The Parramatta Regional Branch, and many others would certainly respond negatively to any advertising to remove the heritage listing for St John’s Parish Hall. It is simply not good enough to say “delist” a heritage item without the proper heritage consideration being given to its removal from Schedule 5.

 

Fourth, Section 7.5(1) of the EPA Act requires a planning agreement to be advertised. Recommendation 1 means that the advertising will raise no concerns that would prevent the progression of the Planning Agreement. I would hope that the elected councillors would have some say in the progress of the Planning Agreement based on the community response to the advertising rather than leave that decision to council staff.

 

Fifth, and given that this matter has had sufficient time to reach a final conclusion, the Council should simply accept that no agreement has been reached and that the Planning Proposal should not proceed, as per Recommendation 3.

 

In summary, and in the words of the Department in their letter to Council dated 8 September 2020, “There still remains no strong evidence to allow the removal of St John’s Parish Hall from the heritage schedule of Parramatta Local Environmental Plan”.

 

STAFF RESPONSE

 

No staff response provided.

 

10.    Petitions

 

10.1

SUBJECT          1-7 Simpson Street Dundas Valley NSW 2117

 

REFERENCE   DA/57/2022

 

FROM                 Cr Pierre Esber

 

 

A petition signed by the public was tabled at the Council Meeting and reads:

 

“Please stop stop stop the development of 1-7 Simpson Street

Dundas Valley NSW 2117.”

 

3670

RESOLVED      (Esber/Garrard)

 

That the petition be received and copy of the petition be circulated to all Councillors.

 

11.    Rescission Motions

 

11.1

SUBJECT          Notice of Motion of Rescission: Item 13.5 - Classification of Lot 5 DP 1238944 as Operational Land (Deferred Item)

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08410590

 

REPORT OF     Councillor Garrard

 

 

The rescission motion was WITHDRAWN.

 

12.    For Notation

 

Nil

 

13.    For Council Decision

 

13.1

SUBJECT          Minutes of Heritage Advisory Committee meetings held on 21 October 2021 and 25 November 2021

 

REFERENCE   F2013/00235 - D08392636

 

REPORT OF     Project Officer Land Use

 

3671

RESOLVED      (Esber/Bradley)

 

(a)     That Council receive and note the minutes of the Heritage Advisory Committee meetings of 21 October 2021 and 25 November 2021.

 

(b)     That Council approve the Heritage Grants recommendations, as included in Item 12 of Attachment 2, as follows:

1.      Make a grant of $2,445 for 180 Windsor Road, Winston Hills

2.      Make a grant of $3,300 for Madison Gardens, Carlingford

3.      Defer a decision on grant funding for 144 Good Street, Harris Park until the end of the financial year.

4.      Defer a decision on grant funding for 46 Grose Street, North Parramatta until the end of the financial year.

5.      Make a grant of $3,300 for 50 Marsden Street, Parramatta

6.      Make a grant of $1,493 for 7 Kent Street, Epping.

 

(c)     Further ,that Council thank everyone who has contributed towards the success of the Heritage Advisory Committee.

 

13.2

SUBJECT          Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 195 Church Street, 65-79 Macquarie Street, 38 and 45 Hunter Street, Parramatta (St John's Anglican Church)

 

REFERENCE   RZ/5/2018 - D08385712

 

APPLICANT/S  Jattca Pty Ltd

 

OWNERS          St John's Parramatta Endownment Fund

 

REPORT OF     Team Leader, Land Use Planning

 

 

MOTION             (Prociv/Wearne)

 

That Council:

a)        Write to the Department of Planning and Environment and other relevant public authorities indicating that it will no longer progress the Planning Proposal.

b)    No longer pursue any of the Planning Scheme documents.

c)         Withdraw support for the sale of any portion of Hunter Street to the St John’s Anglican Church.

d)        Identify land at 41, 43 and 45 Hunter Street, Parramatta on the Land Reservation Acquisition Map to facilitate the creation of a 6 metre wide laneway to provide future vehicle access to these three (3) sites and 181 Church Street, Parramatta, as part of a future housekeeping amendment to Parramatta Local Environment Plan 2011.

e)      Write to the St John's Parramatta Endowment Fund confirming that the Deed of Agreement between Council and the Anglican Church Authorities, last signed and amended in1991, remains in force and continues to secure public access over the Church owned land between Church Street and Hunter Street, notwithstanding that Council withdraws support for the Planning Scheme for the St John's Anglican Church. 

 

 

FORESHADOWED MOTION     (Garrard/Siviero)

 

(a)      That Council staff urgently write to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPIE) on 22 February 2022 seeking an extension of time of up to four to six weeks.

 

(b)      That Council defer consideration of this matter to an urgent Councillor Workshop to be held on 24 February 2022.

 

(c)       That following the Councillor Workshop, the Chief Executive Officer and relevant Council staff meet with the applicant to discuss the matter.

 

(d)      Further, that if the extension of time is not granted by the DPIE, that Council hold an Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider this matter.

 

The motion moved by Councillor Prociv and seconded by Councillor Wearne on being put was declared LOST.

 

DIVISION           A division was called, the result being:-

 

AYES:                Councillors Bradley, Darley, Davis, Maclean, Prociv and Wearne

 

NOES:                Councillors Esber, Garrard, Green, Humphries, Noack, Pandey, Siviero, Valjak and Wang

 

The foreshadowed motion moved by Councillor Garrard and seconded by Councillor Siviero then became the motion.

 

The motion moved by Councillor Garrard and seconded by Councillor Siviero on being put was declared CARRIED.

 

DIVISION           A division was called, the result being:-

 

AYES:                Councillors Esber, Garrard, Green, Humphries, Noack, Pandey, Siviero, Valjak and Wang

 

NOES:                Councillors Bradley, Darley, Davis, Maclean, Prociv and Wearne

 

3672

RESOLVED      (Garrard/Siviero)

 

(a)      That Council staff urgently write to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) on 22 February 2022 seeking an extension of time of up to four to six weeks.

 

(b)      That Council defer consideration of this matter to an urgent Councillor Workshop to be held on 24 February 2022.

 

(c)       That following the Councillor Workshop, the Chief Executive Officer and relevant Council staff meet with the applicant to discuss the matter.

 

(d)      Further, that if the extension of time is not granted by the DPE, that Council hold an Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider this matter.

 

 

Note: The Lord Mayor vacated the Chair at 7:43pm during the consideration of Item 13.2. The Deputy Lord Mayor assumed the Chair.  The Lord Mayor resumed the chair at 7:49pm.

 

13.3

SUBJECT          Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 135 George Street and 118 Harris Street, Parramatta (Albion Hotel site)

 

REFERENCE   RZ/3/2017 – D08386005

 

APPLICANT/S  Think Planners

 

OWNERS          PIC Royal Investments Pty Ltd

 

REPORT OF     Project Officer, Land Use Planning

 

 

MOTION             (Garrard/Siviero)

 

(a)     That Council notes the submissions made during the public exhibition of the Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan (DCP) and draft Planning Agreement at 135 George Street and 118 Harris Street, Parramatta (Albion Hotel site). A summary of submissions is provided at Attachment 1.

 

(b)     That Council notes the Gateway alteration issued by the (then) Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) on 28 October 2021 determining that the Planning Proposal should not proceed on the basis that the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal is seen as a more efficient way of achieving the objectives of the site-specific Planning Proposal (refer to Attachment 2) therefore Council is not required to further consider the Planning Proposal.

 

(c)     That Council forward this report and copies of all submissions received during the exhibition period including community, State and Federal Government agency submissions to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) for its consideration consistent with the Gateway alteration issued on 28 October 2021.

 

(d)     That Council approve the site specific-DCP at Attachment 4 for finalisation and inclusion within Part 10 (Site Specific Controls) of the finalised Parramatta City Centre DCP, including the minor amendments at Attachment 5 in this report, following the finalisation of the Parramatta CBD Planning Proposal, and note the City Centre DCP will be considered by Council in the first quarter of 2022.

 

(e)     That Council approve the Planning Agreement at Attachment 6 and delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to finalise the Planning Agreement and to sign it on Council’s behalf.

 

(f)        Further, that Council delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to make any minor, administrative and/or non-policy amendments to the site-specific Development Control Plan and/or Planning Agreement during the finalisation processes.

 

The motion moved by Cr Garrard and seconded by Cr Siviero on being

put was declared LOST.

 

DIVISION           A division was called, the result being:-

 

AYES:                Councillors Garrard, Green, Siviero and Wang

 

NOES:                Councillors Bradley, Darley, Davis, Esber, Humphries, Maclean, Noack, Pandey, Prociv, Valjak and Wearne

 

13.4

SUBJECT          Submission on the NSW Government's 'A new approach to rezonings' Discussion Paper

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08393170

 

REPORT OF     Senior Project Officer Land Use

 

3674

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Darley)

 

(a)     That Council approve the submission (Attachment 1) which supports the overall intent of the reform contained in the Discussion Paper ‘A new approach to rezonings’, in particular, to provide an increasingly transparent and efficient planning system that ensures decisions about potential land-use changes are consistent with strategic planning policy, however objects to the following details of the proposed reform:  

i.        Appeals processes: strong objections are raised to the proposed appeals mechanism as it will remove the policy decision making power of councils.

ii.       Fees and resources: the proposed fee structure is too rigid (based on categories) and Councils should instead be able to set fees. The risk of mandatory fee refunds (such as planning guarantees) will severely limit Council resources whist affecting the quality of planning decisions due to rushed assessments.

iii.      Process risks: several risks to Council’s assessment of planning proposals are prevalent. These include imposing minimal timeframes to review the quality of planning proposals (and supporting documentation) prior to their exhibition, as well as a lack of power for Council to reject a planning proposal once lodged (without generating appeal rights from the applicant).

 

(b)     That the submission be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) by close of the exhibition period (28 February 2022).

 

(c)     Further, that Council authorise the Chief Executive Officer to strengthen the executive summary to ensure the severity of the concerns within the submission are properly highlighted and to make any amendments of a non-policy and administrative nature that may arise during finalisation of the submission prior to it being forwarded to the DPE.

 

 

Note: Councillor Garrard left the Chamber at 8:08pm during the consideration of Item 13.4.

 

13.5

SUBJECT          Naming Proposal for Unnamed Epping Pedestrian Way (Deferred Item)

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08386015

 

REPORT OF     Senior Project Officer Place Services

 

3675

RESOLVED      (Maclean/Siviero)

 

That Council defer this matter for a period of three (3) to six (6) months and that consultation occurs with local and relevant First Nation’s bodies and groups regarding an appropriate name for the presently unnamed thoroughfare between Forest Grove and Essex Street, with a view to adopting an Indigenous name; if no suitable names arise or the Lane Way is not deemed appropriate for such a name post consultation then the original recommendation, with any further public consultation if required, be brought back to Council.

 

 

Note: Councillor Garrard returned to the Chamber at 8:17pm during consideration of Item 13.5.

 

14.    Notices of Motion

 

14.1

SUBJECT          Equal Employment Opportunities

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08411342

 

FROM                 Deputy Lord Mayor Sameer Pandey

 

3676

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Noack)

 

(a)     That Council note:

i)          The diversity within the City of Parramatta and opportunities for employment.

ii)         The growth and development opportunities in the LGA.

 

(b)     Further, that a report be provided to Council by mid-August 2022:

i)       Current known workforce diversity profile of Council workforce against current diversity profile within the LGA.

ii)      Current Traineeship and Apprenticeship programs and potential future strategies within City of Parramatta.

iii)     Current internship participation and potential opportunities for expansion.

iv)     Opportunities for Traineeship and pathways for employment for people from Indigenous background as well as people with disability.

v)      Options for Local employment targets.

vi)     Options for embedding diversity targets in contracts that council issues.

vii)    Industry benchmark for Local Government areas in diversity profile of staff.

viii)   Employment assistance/opportunities for veterans.

 

 

Note: Councillor Wearne left the Chamber at 8:28pm and returned at 8:29pm during the consideration of Item 14.1.

 

15.    Questions with Notice

 

15.1

SUBJECT          Questions Taken on Notice from Council Meeting - 7 February 2022

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08408534

 

FROM                 Governance Manager

 

 

QUESTIONS TAKEN ON NOTICE FROM THE COUNCIL MEETING OF 7 FEBRUARY 2022

 

Item 12.4 – Variations to Standards under Clause 4.6 of Parramatta LEP 2011, Auburn LEP 2010, Holroyd LEP 2013, The Hills LEP 2012, Hornsby LEP 2013

 

Does this mean that they don’t have to provide open space on the ground if they provide it on the roof?

 

Executive Director City Planning & Design Response

 

The largest portion of the communal open space is located on the roof top, being 230m2 and there is a smaller section of communal open space located at ground level, being approximately 100m2.

 

Item 13.1 – Chief Executive Officer Delegations

 

Question from Councillor Darley

 

How many tenders under $500k were finalised in the years 2020 and 2021?

 

Executive Director Corporate Services Response

 

In 2020 there were 6 tenders finalised under $500k

In 2021 there were 3 tenders finalised under $500k

 

Item 13.5 – Classification of Lot 5 DP 1238944 as Operational Land

 

Questions from Councillor Garrard

 

1.         That development was finished quite a period of time ago. I know residents have actually moved in because they’ve reached out and contacted me. When was that?

2.         What is the road for? What is the purpose of it?

3.         For what? [does there have to be a condition for an access road to dedicate it back to Council]

4.         Where is the road going to and why?

5.         Why was it perceived to be acceptable as part of a VPA as open space, if in fact there is going to be a road to [God knows] where and how big through the middle of it?

 

Executive Director Property & Place Response

 

1.         An Interim Occupation Certificate was issued on 25 January 2022 for 35 and 39 East Street.

2.         The road acts as a service lane. A service lane is a small road usually created to allow access to the back of a building or retail shop. The proposed lane in this instance will provide access to the rear of the heritage buildings in the area.

3.         The Parramatta DCP 2011 makes provision for the road.

4.         The service lane goes between Cowper St and East St. The proposed lane in this instance will provide access to the rear of the heritage buildings in the area.

5.         The service lane goes between Cowper St and East St and is to the eastern side of the park.

 

Item 14.1 – CBD Lighting Project

 

Questions from Councillor Garrard and Wearne

 

1.         What is the CBD Revitalisation Program?

2.         If $300k is being dedicated, if it’s granted to the CBD lighting project, where is the other $700k going?

3.         Where have the funds gone from the Winterlight event?

4.         Where have the funds gone from the other events?

 

Executive Director City Engagement & Experience Response

 

1.         The CBD Revitalisation Program is a State Government funded program for eligible Councils, businesses and cultural institutions to run activations and events to engage their local communities and attract visitors.  The funding available under the program is from $250,000 to $1 million.  Applications opened for application on 17 December 2021 and closed on 17 January 2022.  The outcome of the grant application will be announced on 16 February 2022.

 

2.         Council has applied for $1 million grant under the CBD Revitalisation Program to deliver 5 programs:

 

Concert series on the rooftop of Eat Street car park

$175,000

Activation in the Stadium precinct in collaboration with Venues Live

$250,000

CBD Lighting Program (details provided below)

$225,000

Harris Park Precinct Activation

$250,000

Marketing

$100,000

Total

$1,000,000

 

CBD Lighting Program:

 

The CBD Lighting Program has incurred $225,000 to date, for the installation and lighting displays at River Foreshore, Parramatta Square and Centenary Square from November 2021 to January 2022.  To keep the lights on for another 3 months the cost is $90,000 as per the table below.  Due to the successful feedback of the Lighting Program an additional $135,000 has been suggested for additional lighting sites.  Details of the costs relating to the extension are as follows:

 

Keeping the lights on at River Foreshore, Parramatta Square and Centenary Square from February 2022 to May 2022 at $10,000 per month, per site ($10,000 x 3 sites x 3 months = $90,000)

$90,000

New sites: Philip St, Eat Street Car Park Rooftop and Prince Alfred Square - Installation and running costs for 4 weeks in March, when Parramatta Nights event is on.

Note: This is in addition to Parramatta Nights $1.2M project costs.

$135,000

Additional cost for the CBD Lighting program - Total

$225,000

 

3.         The annual budget allocated to Winterlight is $400,000.  The event was cancelled incurring a sunk cost of $74,766.  The remaining budget was allocated to Parramatta Nights and CBD Lighting program (Council’s resolution from 25 October 2021 is included as Attachment 1).  Details are as follow:

 

Winterlight delivered in July 2021

$74,766

Expended in Q1

Parramatta Nights

$100,234

To be expended in Q4

CBD Lighting

$225,000

Expended from November to January

Total Winterlight budget

$400,000

 

 

4.         To comply with COVID public health orders, several Council’s events and city activation activities have been cancelled.  $1,092,475 was identified as savings from these cancellations, of which $567,475 has been reallocated to Parramatta Nights, $225,000 allocated to the CBD Lighting program (for November 2021 to January 2022), and $300,000 has been returned to Council to assist with achieving $15 million target efficiency saving for current financial year.  The target saving mentioned above was outlined in section 9 of the 25 October 2021 Council paper.  A copy of the resolution and report can be found at Attachment 2. 

 

5.         Further details of budget reallocation and return are provided in the tables below.

 

Reallocation to Parramatta Nights & CBD Lighting

 

Area

Event

Status

Budget

Cost

Reallocated to Parramatta Nights

Reallocated to CBD Lighting

Events

Winterlight

Cancelled

$493,000

$74,666

$100,234

$225,000

Events

New Year’s Eve

Delivered in December

$400,000

$270,000

$130,000

 

Events

Parramatta Lanes

Cancelled

$630,000

$355,859

$274,141

 

Events

Foundation Day

Cancelled

$100,000

$36,900

$63,100

 

Total fund reallocated to Parramatta Nights

$567,475

$225,000

 

Budget returned to Council

 

Area

Event

Status

Budget

Cost

Returned

Events

Lunar New Year

Delivering online

$100,000

Minimal

$100,000

Events

Australia Day

Postponed to March

$520,000

$445,000

$75,000

Civic

Australia Day VIP

Cancelled

$25,000

$0

$25,000

Civic

Seniors Christmas Party

Cancelled

$40,000

$0

$40,000

Activations

Activations Program

Reduced activities

$279,492

$219,492

$60,000

Total budget returned

$300,000

 

6.         A reconciliation detailing budget for all events is provided at Attachment 3.

 

 

Note:

1.         Councillor Pandey left the Chamber at 8:39pm and returned at 8:42pm during the consideration of Item 15.1.

2.         Councillor Wang left the Chamber at 8:40pm and returned at 8:49pm during the consideration of Item 15.1.

3.         Councillor Maclean left the Chamber at 8:40pm and returned at 8:43pm during the consideration of Item 15.1.

4.         Councillor Noack left the Chamber at 8:40pm and returned at 8:43pm during the consideration of Item 15.1.

5.         Councillor Dr Prociv left the Chamber at 8:44pm during the consideration of Item 15.1.

 

 

Procedural Motion

 

3677

RESOLVED      (Bradley/Noack)

 

That the meeting be adjourned for fifteen (15) minutes.

 

 

Note: The meeting was adjourned at 8:46pm for a short recess.

 

 

Procedural Motion

 

3678

RESOLVED      (Davis/Pandey)

 

That the meeting resume.

 

The meeting resumed at 9:03pm with the following Councillors in attendance. The Lord Mayor, Councillor Donna Davis and Councillors Phil Bradley, Kellie Darley, Pierre Esber, Michelle Garrard, Henry Green, Ange Humphries, Cameron Maclean, Paul Noack, Sameer Pandey (Deputy Lord Mayor), Dr Patricia Prociv, Dan Siviero, Georgina Valjak, Donna Wang and Lorraine Wearne.

 

Note: Prior to moving into Closed Session, the Lord Mayor invited members of the public gallery to make representations as to why any item had been included in Closed Session. No member of the gallery wished to make representations.

 

16.    CLOSED SESSION

 

3679

RESOLVED      (Darley/Green)

 

That members of the press and public be excluded from the meeting of the Closed Session and access to the correspondence and reports relating to the items considered during the course of the Closed Session be withheld. This action is taken in accordance with Section 10A(s) of the Local Government Act, 1993 as the items listed come within the following provisions:-

16.1  Legal Status Report as at 31 January 2022. (D08394024) - This report is confidential in accordance with section 10A (2) (g) of the Local Government Act 1993 as the report contains advice concerning litigation, or advice that would otherwise be privileged from production in legal proceedings on the ground of legal professional privilege.

16.2  Expression of Interest for Vacant Space at 6 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta (Valentine Avenue Substation). (D08385764) - This report is confidential in accordance with section 10A (2) (c) of the Local Government Act 1993 as the report contains information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person with whom the Council is conducting (or proposes to conduct) business.

16.3  Re-determine Organisation Structure (Senior Staff Positions). (D08391246) - This report is confidential in accordance with section 10A (2) (a) of the Local Government Act 1993 as the report contains personnel matters concerning particular individuals.

 

16.1

SUBJECT          Legal Status Report as at 31 January 2022

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00105 - D08394024

 

REPORT OF     Group Manager Legal Services

 

3680

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Esber)

 

That Council note the Legal Status Report as at 31 January 2022

 

16.2

SUBJECT          Expression of Interest for Vacant Space at 6 Valentine Avenue, Parramatta (Valentine Avenue Substation)

 

REFERENCE   F2021/00521 - D08385764

 

REPORT OF     Space Management Officer

 

3681

RESOLVED      (Esber/Valjak)

 

(a)     That Council conduct an Expression of Interest (EOI) to seek a café or small bar tenant to operate the vacant space in Valentine Avenue Substation.

 

(b)     That Council proceed to offer the preferred applicant a Lease on the terms outlined in paragraph 24 of this report.

 

(c)     That a further report come to Council to approve a recommended tenant for the vacant space.

 

(d)     Further, that delegation is given to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to sign all documents associated with this matter.

 

16.3

SUBJECT          Re-determine Organisation Structure (Senior Staff Positions)

 

REFERENCE   F2022/00173 - D08391246

 

REPORT OF     Workplace Relations Manager

 

3682

RESOLVED      (Pandey/Darley)

 

(a)     That Council determine the senior staff positions within the organisation structure, including the roles and reporting lines at Attachment 1 of this report, pursuant to s332(1) of the Local Government Act 1993.

(b)     That Council note the senior staff positions are the same as those previously determined by Council except for:

1.      The deletion of the role, Executive Director Corporate Services;

2.      The creation of the senior staff position, Chief Financial and Information Officer, who will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO);

3.      The creation of the senior staff position, Executive Director People Culture and Workplace Role, who will report directly to the CEO.

 

(c)     Further, that Council note the changes to the senior staff positions aim to improve clarity of roles and responsibilities for the relevant functions and will reduce full time staff (FTE) by two and reduce employment costs by an estimated $200,000.

 

 

Procedural Motion

 

3683

RESOLVED      (Darley/Noack)

 

That the meeting resume into Open Session.

 

17.    REPORTS OF RESOLUTIONS PASSED IN CLOSED SESSION

 

The Chief Executive Officer read out the resolutions for Items 16.1 to 16.3.

 

18.    CONCLUSION OF MEETING

 

The meeting terminated at 9:22pm.

 

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14 March 2022

 

12.1           Investment Report for December 2021........................................................ 30

 

12.2           Investment Report for January 2022............................................................ 80

 

12.3           CBD Revitalisation Grant Program............................................................. 130

 

12.4           Proposed traffic improvements on Hill Road, Wentworth Point............. 134


Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 12.1

FOR NOTATION

ITEM NUMBER         12.1

SUBJECT                  Investment Report for December 2021

REFERENCE            F2022/00105 - D08423166

REPORT OF              Tax and Treasury Accountant       

 

CSP THEME:             FAIR

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the investment portfolio performance and compliance for the month of December 2021.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the Investment Report for December 2021.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      In accordance with clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation), a report setting out details of all money invested must be presented to Council on a monthly basis.

 

2.      The report must include a certificate as to whether or not the investments have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

Investment Portfolio Summary

 

3.      The investment portfolio closing balance as at 31 December 2021 was $466.7m. The average portfolio holdings held throughout the month was $480m.

4.      The majority of Council’s investment portfolio is in term deposits (71%). The portfolio also includes liquid floating rate notes (FRNs), cash, and the TCorp Long Term Growth Fund (LTGF).

5.      Approximately 9.7% of the portfolio are less conservative long-term investments. The investment portfolio is well diversified and weighted towards higher-rated institutions.

 

6.      The table below lists the diversified range of investments held by Council as at 31 December 2021:

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1: Summary of investment portfolio

Performance Summary

 

7.      Investment performance for the month. The investment portfolio reported a monthly- annualised return of 1.65% in December, outperforming the AusBond Bank Bill Index benchmark by 161 basis points. Council’s range of term deposits with variable durations from 30 days to 5 years contributed to the strong performance with an average yield of 1.21%. The TCorp Long Term Growth fund (LTGF) also reported a very strong monthly return of 1.26% actual, led by the ongoing strong performance of international and domestic shares.

 

8.      Councils Floating Rate Notes/Bonds and term deposits account for approximately 84% of Councils portfolio and currently has a weighted average yield of 60-100 basis points above current market offers.

9.      Historical investment performance. The table below provides year-to-date and historical investment performance compared to the Ausbond Bank Bill Index.

Table 2: Historical investment portfolio performance

 

10.    Investment income. As at 31 December 2021, the cumulative actual interest earned was $3.66m, above the year-to-date budget by approximately 165k. The outperformance is mostly attributable to the TCorp LTGF, which has returned 8.47% annualised for the first half of 2021-22.

Table 3: Year-to-date cumulative interest income

Maturities

 

11.    Overall, the portfolio remains well diversified from a maturity perspective, with around 33% of assets directed to medium term (2-5 years). There is still capacity to invest in this horizon, and this is where Councils advisors believe the most attractive yields are along the curve. All minimum and maximum criteria meet the policy guidelines

Table 8: Maturity profile

Compliance

 

12.    The portfolio complies with Council’s Investment Policy rating limits, with ample investment opportunity still available in A-rated institutions, and approx. $59m capacity in BBB+/unrated institutions.

 

 

 


 

 

Graph 1: Investment Policy rating capacity

*BBB+/BBB limits combined under Council’s investment policy.

 

13.    Counterparty Limits. All individual counterparty limits comply with council’s investment policy, with the following exceptions:

Table 8: Exceptions to counterparty limits

14.    Council engage Imperium Markets for assistance in all investment matters relating to advice, risk and portfolio weighting. Imperium monitor the portfolio daily and conduct a monthly health check review. This confirms that Council’s portfolio is being conducted in accordance with the Act, the Regulation and the Investment Policy.

 

15.    Detailed investment performance commentary in relation to each investment product /type can be found in the Imperium comprehensive report attached.

 

Certification of Investments

 

16.    I hereby certify that the investments for the month of December 2021 have been made in accordance with the Act, the Regulations and Council’s Investment Policy:

 

Fariha Chowdhury, Acting Chief Financial Officer.  


CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

Stakeholder Consultation

 

17.    The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

Councillor Consultation

 

18.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

19.    Investment interest year to date has outperformed budget by $165k

Investment interest will be reassessed, at the December quarterly review.

 

Bruce MacFarlane

Tax and Treasury Accountant

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jillian Khoo

Executive Director Corporate Services

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

1

Investment and Loans Performance Graph December 2021.pdf

1 Page

 

2

Imperium Comprehensive Investment Report - December 21.pdf

35 Pages

 

3

List of Council Investments by maturity December 2021.pdf

9 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL


Item 12.1 - Attachment 1

Investment and Loans Performance Graph December 2021.pdf

 

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Item 12.1 - Attachment 2

Imperium Comprehensive Investment Report - December 21.pdf

 

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Item 12.1 - Attachment 3

List of Council Investments by maturity December 2021.pdf

 

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Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 12.2

FOR NOTATION

ITEM NUMBER         12.2

SUBJECT                  Investment Report for January 2022

REFERENCE            F2022/00105 - D08407506

REPORT OF              Tax and Treasury Accountant       

 

CSP THEME:             FAIR

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this report is to inform Council of the investment portfolio performance and compliance for the month of January 2022.

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council receive and note the Investment Report for January 2022.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      In accordance with clause 212 of the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 (the Regulation), a report setting out details of all money invested must be presented to Council on a monthly basis.

 

2.      The report must include a certificate as to whether or not the investments have been made in accordance with the Local Government Act 1993 (the Act), the Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 and Council’s Investment Policy.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

Investment Portfolio Summary

 

3.      The investment portfolio closing balance as at 31 January 2022 was $453m. The average portfolio holdings held throughout the month was $460m.

 

4.      The majority of Council’s investment portfolio is in term deposits (72%). The portfolio also includes liquid floating rate notes (FRNs), cash, and the TCorp Long Term Growth Fund (LTGF).

 

5.      Approximately 9.8% of the portfolio are less conservative long-term investments. The investment portfolio is well diversified and weighted towards higher-rated institutions.

 

6.      The table below lists the diversified range of investments held by Council as at 31 January 2022.

 

 

 

 

 

Table 1: Summary of investment portfolio

Performance Summary

 

7.      Investment performance for the month. The investment portfolio reported a monthly- annualised return of -0.64% in January, underperforming the AusBond Bank Bill Index benchmark by 70 basis points. The underperformance can be attributed to Councils Managed Funds portfolio.

 

Market valuations in Global credit securities fell on the back of credit margins moving wider. The Long Term Growth Fund was impacted by the sell-off of domestic and international shares, as markets prepare for an environment of higher interest rates and the withdrawal of stimulus to global and central banks. These funds are viewed over a longer investment horizon, and have returned at 1.79% and 10.27% respectively over the last 3 years.

 

8.      Councils Floating Rate Notes/Bonds and term deposits account for approximately 85% of Councils portfolio and currently has a weighted average yield of 60-100 basis points above current market offers.

9.      Historical investment performance. The table below provides year-to-date and historical investment performance compared to the Ausbond Bank Bill Index.

 

Table 2: Historical investment portfolio performance

 

10.    Investment income. As at 31January 2022, the cumulative actual interest earned was $3.41m, falling below the year-to-date budget by approximately -$670k. The fall in interest income is primarily due to the TCorp Long Term Growth Fund, which recorded a negative return in January of (-1.82% actual)  as markets prepare for an environment of higher interest rates and the withdrawal of stimulus to global and central banks.

Table 3: Year-to-date cumulative interest income

 

Maturities

 

11.    Overall, the portfolio remains well diversified from a maturity perspective, with around 30% of assets directed to medium term (2-5 years). There is still capacity to invest in this horizon, and this is where Councils advisors believe the most attractive yields are along the curve. All minimum and maximum criteria meet the policy guidelines

Table 8: Maturity profile

 

Compliance

 

12.    The portfolio complies with Council’s Investment Policy rating limits, with ample investment opportunity still available in A-rated institutions, and approx. $53m capacity in BBB+/unrated institutions.


Graph 1: Investment Policy rating capacity

*BBB+/BBB limits combined under Council’s investment policy.

 

13.    Counterparty Limits. All individual counterparty limits comply with council’s investment policy, with the following exceptions:

Table 8: Exceptions to counterparty limits

Institution

 

Policy Limit ($‘000)

Held ($’000)

Overweight ($’000)

Reason

Compliance Date

AMP Bank

$22,640

$24,121

$1,480

Overweight position is due to fall in total portfolio holding during Jan 22. This has been rectified on 4 Feb 22

4-Feb 22

 

14.    Council engage Imperium Markets for assistance in all investment matters relating to advice, risk and portfolio weighting. Imperium monitor the portfolio daily and conduct a monthly health check review. This confirms that Council’s portfolio is being conducted in accordance with the Act, the Regulation and the Investment Policy.

 

15.    Detailed investment performance commentary in relation to each investment product /type can be found in the Imperium comprehensive report attached.

 

Certification of Investments

 

16.    I hereby certify that the investments for the month of January 2022 have been made in accordance with the Act, the Regulations and Council’s Investment Policy:

 

Fariha Chowdhury, Acting Chief Financial Officer.  


CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

Stakeholder Consultation

 

17.    The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

31 January 2022

Imperium Markets

All Investments are within Policy guidelines and supported by Councils independent advisor.

 

Refer Imperium Comprehensive Report

All Investments are within Policy limits and reconcile to the General Ledger as at 31 January 2022

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Bruce MacFarlane

Treasury & Tax Accountant

 

Councillor Consultation

18.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATION FOR COUNCIL

 

19.    Investment interest year to date has underperformed budget by $670k

This is mostly due to the negative returns from the TCorp Long Term Growth Fund in January. Investment interest will be reassessed, at the March quarterly review.

 

Bruce MacFarlane

Tax and Treasury Accountant

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jillian Khoo

Executive Director Corporate Services

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

1

Investment and Loans Performance Graph January 2022.pdf

1 Page

 

2

City of Parramatta Investment Holdings 31 Jan 21.pdf

7 Pages

 

3

Imperium Comprehensive Investment Report - January 22 .pdf

36 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL


Item 12.2 - Attachment 1

Investment and Loans Performance Graph January 2022.pdf

 

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City of Parramatta Investment Holdings 31 Jan 21.pdf

 

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Imperium Comprehensive Investment Report - January 22 .pdf

 

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Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 12.3

FOR NOTATION

ITEM NUMBER         12.3

SUBJECT                  CBD Revitalisation Grant Program

REFERENCE            F2022/00105 - D08408588

REPORT OF              Events & Festivals Manager        

 

 

CSP THEME:             WELCOMING

 

workshop/briefing date:  Nil

 

PURPOSE:

 

To inform Council about Investment NSW’s grant program for revitalisation of the CBD, in which City of Parramatta has applied for $1,000,000.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Council, at its meeting of 7 February 2022, resolved to receive a report on the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program.  This report provides information to Councillors on the Grant Program in response to that resolution.

 

2.      The NSW Government is investing $50 million across three rounds of funding allocation in the CBDs Revitalisation Program to encourage people back into CBDs across Greater Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle and boost the state’s economic activity. The minimum grant amount is $250,000. The maximum grant amount is $1 million.

 

3.      The first round of the program commenced in December 2021 providing $12.23 million to six events, including Sydney’s Open For Lunch. The City of Parramatta was awarded $200K from this round and utilised this funding to host one of the four Open For Lunch events on 3 December.

 

4.      For Round 2, 17 CBDs and urban centres were nominated as eligible to apply for funding, including Parramatta. The round was announced on the Friday prior to Christmas, 17 December 2021 and closed on 17 January 2022. 

 

5.      Round 3 is expected to be announced in early 2022.

 

6.      Examples of eligible events and activations activities include:

·        one-off events that encourage ongoing visitation to an eligible CBD

·        event series that encourage ongoing visitation to an eligible CBD.

 

7.      City of Parramatta submitted an application in Round 2 on 1 January 2022 and an announcement regarding the application’s success was to be made on 16 February.  As at the time of writing the report, Council officers were advised the grant announcement would be sometime in the month of February 2022.

 

8.      City of Parramatta requested a grant of $1,000,000 to support a program of events, lighting and activations that will encourage ongoing visitation to the Parramatta CBD. The grant conditions state that the program must be completed by 1 May 2022.

 

9.      The event program put forward in the submission involves:

a)      A partnership with CommBank Stadium to present a series of family-style and mainstream rock concerts in a new venue – the Terrace Amphitheatre - between stadium and the river.

b)      A partnership with Westfield to present family activities through the CBD.

c)      New lighting and projection installations through the CBD and Harris Park, to make the CBD precincts more appealing in night and day times.

d)      A program of music and dance – popular, cultural, and eclectic – through Harris Park – supporting small businesses and retailers to engage performers, musicians, and DJs to enliven the precinct.

e)      A series of concerts at the Eat Street carpark rooftop

f)       Sponsorship from Park Royal via accommodation deals for visitors to the events.

 

10.    The topline budget breakdown of the proposal is as follows:

 

ITEM

 COST

CBD Lighting & Projection Displays

225,000.00

Terrace Amphitheatre Concert series at CommBank Stadium

250,000.00

Eat St Rooftop

Popup Bar concerts

140,000.00

Harris Park Precinct Activation

225,000.00

Advertising, Media, and Marketing

160,000.00

TOTAL COSTS

1,000,000.00

 

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

11.    If the grant is not awarded to City of Parramatta the event program outlined above will not go ahead.

 

12.    Should the grant be awarded, the FY22/FY23 event schedule will be adjusted accordingly to ensure adequate Council resources are available to execute this significant event program proposed.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

Stakeholder Consultation

 

13.    The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

14 Jan 2022

Carly Rogowski -

Executive Director, City Engagement & Experience

Supportive

Support noted

Events and Festivals Manager

14 Jan 2022

Gisella Velasco,

Night Time Economy, City Strategy

Supportive

Support noted

 

Venues Live (CommBank Stadium)

Jordan Kerry

Business Dev Manager, Venues Live NSW

Confirmed commitment to participate

Accepted offer of commitment

Events and Festivals Manager

Westfield Parramatta

Jacqueline Charalambous Snr Brand Experience Mgr

Confirmed commitment to participate

Accepted offer of commitment

Events and Festivals Manager

Park Royal Parramatta

Charmaine

Hardwick

Director of Sales & Marketing NSW

Pan Pacific Hotels Group

Confirmed support and sponsorship

Accepted offer of commitment

Events and Festivals Manager

 

Councillor Consultation

 

14.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

NA

Note: The Grant Round commenced on 17 December and finished 17 January - in a period before new Council was announced.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

15.    If Council is awarded funding under the CBD Revitalisation Grant Program, a funding agreement will be prepared in consultation with Council’s legal team and executed by the Chief Executive Officer on behalf of Council.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

16.    If Council resolves to approve this report in accordance with the proposed resolution, there are no unbudgeted financial implications for Council’s budget.

 

Jeffrey Stein

Events & Festivals Manager

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Carly Rogowski

Executive Director, City Engagement & Experience

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

There are no attachments for this report.

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 12.4

FOR NOTATION

ITEM NUMBER         12.4

SUBJECT                  Proposed traffic improvements on Hill Road, Wentworth Point

REFERENCE            F2022/00198 - D08415187

REPORT OF              Traffic & Transport Team Leader       

 

 

CSP THEME:             ACCESSIBLE

 

workshop/briefing date:  Nil

 

PURPOSE:

 

To respond to Council’s resolution of 7 February 2022 regarding proposed traffic signals in Hill Road at Bennelong Parkway and a roundabout at Burroway Road, Wentworth Point.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the report be received and noted.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Council at its meeting on 7 February 2022 considered a Notice of Motion regarding traffic signals in Hill Road at Bennelong Parkway, and a roundabout and pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Hill Road and Burroway Road, Wentworth Point, and resolved:

 

(a)     That Council recognise the importance of the urgent construction of traffic lights at the intersection of Bennelong Parkway and Hill Road at Wentworth Point. The growing traffic congestion and traffic accidents of extreme concern to the resident of Wentworth Point.

 

(b)     That Council calls for the urgent construction of the planned roundabout and street crossing at the corner of Hill Road and Burroway Road.

 

(c)     Further, that a full report on the construction of these lights, and roundabout be presented to the 14 March Council Meeting, including costing and where the funds are coming from.

 

Intersection of Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway, Wentworth Point

 

2.      Council is currently undertaking a detail design, cost estimate and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the installation of new traffic signals at the intersection of Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway, Wentworth Point.  It is anticipated that the design, cost estimate and REF work will be completed by June 2022.  The current preliminary cost estimate for the entire project is $5.2m.  An extract from the draft design plans for the project are provided at Attachment 1

 

3.      Preliminary design work commenced in 2019 following advice received from Parramatta Light Rail (PLR) Stage 2 that the Stage 2 alignment should not impede Council proceeding with the installation of traffic lights and Council can proceed with the project.  The advice indicated that should Stage 2 of the Parramatta Light Rail proceed, the traffic lights can be adjusted or rebuilt as needed by PLR. 

 

4.      Funding to undertake the detail design work was secured in 2020. The design work has included consultation with TfNSW, SOPA, and various utility services.  The work has included consideration of options and traffic modelling.  The design has included use of subcontractors for traffic signal design, street lighting design, the REF, utility services relocation design, scanning for utility services, and checking for contaminated soils.

 

5.      The cost estimate includes utility works that have been identified following detailed scanning investigations. The scan identified that two underground services cables (Optus and Ausgrid) run along Bennelong Parkway adjacent to the traffic island at the northeast corner of the intersection and these need to be relocated for road widening. The cost of relocating Optus cables has been quoted as $150,000 by Optus but relocation cost of Ausgrid cables is not known at this stage. However, based on the cost of undertaking similar work, an amount of $1.0m has been included in the cost estimate for both services. An update on this component will be included in the final cost estimate.

 

Intersection of Hill Road and Burroway Road, Wentworth Point

 

6.      A development application (Ref. DA/763/2017) was approved on 6 June 2018 for Phase 1 of four residential flat buildings incorporating a total of 364 units at 14-16 Hill Road, Sydney Olympic Park. According to Condition No. 132 of the consent, the developer is required to undertake the following traffic works in Hill Road:

·        Intersection improvement works in Hill Road at Lapwing Street (new northern property access road) and Burroway Road, and

·        A median island in Hill Road between Footbridge Boulevard and Park Street North to restrict vehicle access to left-in left-out for Lapwing Street (new access road near the southern property boundary).

 

7.      In accordance with the conditions of consent, the developer has submitted concept plans for a roundabout at the intersection of Hill Road and Burroway Road and a median island incorporating a pedestrian refuge island in Hill Road between Footbridge Boulevard and Park Street North, Wentworth Point. The plan included a combined raised pedestrian and cyclist crossing in Lapwing Street.

 

8.      The Parramatta Traffic Committee (PTC) at its meeting of 21 January 2021 considered a report regarding this matter. Council at its meeting of 22 February 2021 considered the PTC report and approved the proposal with the addition of a raised pedestrian crossing on the northern leg of the intersection.

 

9.      The developer has recently advised that there are stormwater design issues at the intersection of Hill Road and Burroway Road, which may result in the need to lift the road pavement. The work was previously intended for the first half of 2022, but now the timeframe is unknown. The developer is currently liaising with Council officers in addressing this issue. Council officers have written to the developer advising of Council’s resolution calling for the urgent construction of the planned roundabout and street crossing at the corner of Hill Road and Burroway Road.

 

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

10.    City of Parramatta is receiving complaints from residents and motorists regarding traffic delays in Bennelong Parkway at Hill Road during the morning and afternoon peak hours.  Pedestrians and cyclists also experience difficulty crossing Hill Road to access bus stops or the parklands.  The installation of traffic signals at this intersection will improve traffic flow and safety.  The proposed intersection works will support the growth of the peninsula with further development occurring in the area.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

11.    Council officers are working on the Hill Road/Bennelong Parkway traffic signals project with an aim to complete the detailed design, cost estimates, REF and obtain the required approvals from relevant stakeholders including TfNSW by June 2022. This would allow the tender process to commence in the 2nd half of 2022 and construction in the 1st half of 2023, subject to funding (as detailed below).

 

12.    Consultation for the detailed design for the traffic signals would be undertaken when funding is confirmed for the project. Consultation will also be undertaken for Council’s Development Program and Operation Plan (DPOP) in regards to Council’s future budgets and funding for projects.

 

13.    The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to the two projects:

 

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

Various, including Developer Contributions Planning, Hill Road Masterplan, PTC items, and detail design work.

Public, SOPA, PTC Members including local State MP, utility services

Generally supportive and would like the work done as soon as possible.

N/A

Manager Traffic & Transport

 

Councillor Consultation

 

14.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

22 February 2022

Cllr Noack (mover)

Eager to have funding secured- noting potential funding options with a view to having project delivered as soon as possible

N/A

Manager Traffic & Transport

21 February 2022

Cllr Prociv

(seconder)

Supportive

N/A

Manager Traffic & Transport

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

15.    There are no legal implications for Council associated with the recommendation in this report.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

16.    Construction for the traffic signals at the intersection of Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway has an estimated total project cost of $5.2 million, however much of the design costs have already been incurred. Therefore, $4.9 million is now required to be allocated to complete this project. Council staff are investigating internal and external funding options so that the traffic signals can be constructed in the 2022/23 financial year. There are two funding options available. In order of preference, these are:

i.    Federal Government’s Stimulus Funding, or

ii.   Developer contributions

 

17.    An application for Federal Funding under its Stimulus Program has been lodged with TfNSW in late 2021 for traffic signals in Hill Road at Bennelong Parkway. The application is seeking the full funding of the project. The application has been made for the 2022/23 financial year and Council is typically advised of similar grant application outcomes around the start of the financial year. However, a more accurate timing of any application outcome announcement is not known at this stage. Council staff will continue to advocate for this funding. If successful, Federal funding is considered the ideal funding source as it would cover the complete cost estimate amount and thereby have no implications for other project funding through developer contributions.

 

18.    The second funding option is through developer contributions. Council on 12 July 2021 adopted the new City of Parramatta (Outside Parramatta CBD) Contributions Plan 2021 which became effective on 20 September 2021. Currently the starting balance for 2022/23 available for Traffic and Transport projects is $7.96m. This Plan includes the Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway traffic signals project which currently has a draft allocated funding amount of $3.85 million in the 2022/2023 financial year. Based on the $4.9 million required to deliver this project, this means an additional $1.05 million needs to be redirected from developer contributions.

 

19.    Within the total Traffic and Transport projects reserve of $7.96m, $1.5 million is usually set aside annually for projects that sit within Council’s Active Transport Program. It is possible to redirect $1.05 million of these funds to the Hill Road traffic signal project for the 2022/2023 financial year as Council is likely to obtain other grant funding from Transport for New South Wales for Active Transport Program projects.

 

20.    Funding allocation for this project from developer contributions if required, will be confirmed through the DPOP finalisation process. 

 

21.    While a Planning Agreement for Block H of the Billbergia site at 16 Burroway Road and part 5 Footbridge Boulevard, Wentworth Point is a potential mechanism by which the intersection works at Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway may be funded, it is not considered a reliable funding source at this time. This is because there is no certainty or imminence on the outcome of the development proposal currently under consideration by Council staff.

 

22.    Ward Councillors will be provided with an update once further information on funding becomes available.

 

23.    The proposed work at, and near the intersection of Hill Road and Burroway Road is to be funded by the developer of the adjacent site.

 

24.    This report is for information only. If Council resolves to approve this report in accordance with the recommendation, there are no unbudgeted financial implications for Council’s budget as funding options are being investigated separately and approvals will be sought through the appropriate process.

 

25.    The table below summarises the financial impacts on the budget arising from the recommendation of this report.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Internal Revenue

 

 

 

 

External Revenue

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

 

 

 

 

Internal Costs

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

Saniya Sharmeen

Traffic & Transport Team Leader

 

Richard Searle

Traffic and Transport Manager

 

Mark Leotta

Group Manager - Development and Traffic Services

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jennifer Concato

Executive Director City Planning and Design

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

1

Proposed Traffic Signals plan for Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway Wentworth Point

1 Page

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Item 12.4 - Attachment 1

Proposed Traffic Signals plan for Hill Road and Bennelong Parkway Wentworth Point

 

 


 

For Council Decision

 

14 March 2022

 

13.1           Councillor Representation on Statutory Committees and External Bodies 142

 

13.2           Appointment of Community Representatives to the Parramatta Local Planning Panel................................................................................................................ 151

 

13.3           Minutes of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022   159

 

13.4           Minutes of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022................................................................................................................. 296

 

13.5           Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan..................................................... 406

 

13.6           Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths, Epping............................... 526

 

13.7           Submission on the draft Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy 542

 

13.8           Submission on the draft Camellia-Rosehill Place Strategy..................... 576

 

13.9           Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal, draft Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 135 George Street and 118 Harris Street, Parramatta (Albion Hotel site)........................................................................................... 703

 

13.10         Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal, draft Site-Specific Development Control Plan and draft Planning Agreement for 85-91 Thomas Street, Parramatta.. 863

 

13.11         Post-exhibition - Planning Proposal and draft Planning Agreement for 1 Windsor Road, North Rocks...................................................................................... 1340


Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.1

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.1

SUBJECT                  Councillor Representation on Statutory Committees and External Bodies

REFERENCE            F2022/00105 - D08385559

REPORT OF              Governance Manager        

 

 

csp theme:             FAIR

 

workshop/briefing date:  Nil

 

PURPOSE:

 

The purpose of this report is to seek the appointment of Councillor representation to various statutory committees and external bodies for the current term of Council.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(a)     That Council note the appointment of the following Councillors to the Audit Risk and Improvement Committee for the current term of Council:

 

Audit Risk & Improvement Committee

Deputy Lord Mayor, Cr Pandey

Cr Garrard

Cr Maclean (alternate)

Cr Valjak (alternate)

 

(b)     That Council consider the appointment of Councillors to the following statutory committees and external bodies for the current term of Council:

 

CEO Performance Review Committee

Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor + 2 Councillors

(1 Councillor nominated by Council)

(1 Councillor nominated by CEO)

CivicRisk Mutual

1 Councillor

Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee

2 Councillors

NSW Public Libraries Association

1 Councillor

Parramatta Community Fund Advisory Group

Not required at this time

Parramatta Legal and Justice Expansion Coalition

Lord Mayor

Parramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group

Lord Mayor and one (1) Councillor

Parramatta Traffic Committee

1 Councillor

Parramatta Traffic Engineering Advisory Group

1 Councillor

Sydney Central City Planning Panel

2 Councillors + 2 Alternates

Western Sydney Academy of Sport

2 Councillors

 

(c)     That the respective bodies be advised of these appointments.

 

(d)     Further, that Council delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer the following road and traffic functions:

-        Linemarking (lane lines, separation lines, edge lines, barrier lines, etc);

-        Parking restrictions (excluding preferential and residential parking schemes);

-        Advisory signposting;

-        Works zones;

-        Taxi zones / bus zones (subject to consultation with relevant associations and bodies and Transport for NSW);

-        Angled and disabled parking;

-        Light traffic thoroughfares;

-        Regulatory signs (other than turn restrictions and one-way restrictions);

-        Marked foot crossings and children crossings (other than raised crossings or where road narrowing is involved);

-        Temporary road closures / on-the-spot road closures for annual events (as per RMS requirements and subject to Police approval).

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Council has an obligation to form statutory committees, which are listed below:

-        Audit Risk & Improvement Committee;

-        CEO Performance Review Committee;

-        Floodplain Risk Management Advisory Committee;

-        Parramatta Traffic Committee.

 

2.      In addition, Council is also requested to provide Councillor representation to a range of external bodies, which are listed below:

-        CivicRisk Mutual;

-        NSW Public Libraries Association;

-        Parramatta Community Fund Advisory Group;

-        Parramatta Legal and Justice Expansion Coalition;

-        Parramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group;

-        Parramatta Traffic Engineering Advisory Group;

-        Western Sydney Academy of Sport; and

-        Sydney Central City Planning Panel.

 

3.      This report seeks Councillor representation to the above statutory committees and external bodies.  It is noted that a report on the establishment of Advisory Committees and Park Committees is anticipated to be presented to Council at its meeting of 28 March 2022, following a workshop with all Councillors.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

4.      An overview of each of the statutory committees and external bodies and the number of Councillors required for appointment is listed below:

 

Audit Risk & Improvement Committee

Councillor Appointment: Two (2) Councillors and Two (2) Alternates

Meeting Frequency:  Quarterly

 

The Audit Risk & Improvement Committee (ARIC) is a committee required under section 428A of the Local Government Amendment (Governance and Planning) Act 2016.  The objective is to provide independent assurance and assistance on compliance, risk management, fraud control, financial management, governance, strategic planning and delivery program, service reviews and performance measurement data.

 

The Committee has three (3) independent professional members who are paid a fee to be a part of the Committee.

 

The current ARIC Charter provides for two (2) Councillor representatives with voting rights.  It is noted that the Office of Local Government has recently released draft Guidelines for Risk Management for Internal Audit for Local Councils in NSW to guide the operations of ARICs and to require Councils to have a risk management framework and internal audit function to support and inform their operations.  It is noted that any changes to the composition of ARICs will not be required until June 2027 to allow Councils five years to transition the membership of existing ARICs.

 

On 7 February 2022, Council resolved to elect the following Councillors to the ARIC for the current term of Council:

-        Deputy Lord Mayor Cr Pandey;

-        Cr Garrard;

-        Cr Maclean (alternate);

-        Cr Valjak (alternate).

 

CEO Performance Review Committee

Councillor Appointment:  Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, One (1) Councillor (nominated by governing body) and One (1) Councillor (nominated by CEO)

Meeting Frequency:  Bi-Annually (half year review and end of year review)

 

The CEO Performance Review committee is required through a directive from the Office of Local Government.  Guidelines on the management of the CEO’s performance provides for the composition of a committee to review the CEO’s performance and for the development of performance agreements.

 

The Guidelines recommend that the committee comprise of the Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, a Councillor nominated by the governing body and a Councillor nominated by the CEO.

 

All Councillors are to be advised of the timing of each review and an annual report is tabled in a closed session of a Council Meeting (where no staff including the CEO are present).

 

CivicRisk Mutual

Councillor Appointment:  One (1) Councillor Representative

Meeting Frequency:  Bi-Annually (Annual General Meeting and Annual Strategic Planning Forum)

 

CivicRisk Mutual is a mutual company limited by guarantee, owned and operated entirely by Local Government Member Councils for the purpose of risk protection.

 

Council is entited to one (1) Councillor representative and one (1) staff representative on the Member Assembly.  The Member Assembly meet to discuss and determine matters of policy and strategy for implementation by the Board and well as to consider specific matters that are referred to the Member Assembly by the Board or Members.

 

Meetings are held bi-annually.

 

Floodplain Risk Management Committee

Councillor Appointment:  Two (2) Councillors

Meeting Frequency:  As required

 

Council is required to convene a Floodplain Risk Management Committee by the State government Flood Risk Management Policy as guided by the Flood Plain Management Manual (2005).

 

The Committee meets on an as needs basis to discuss and advise Council on floodplain risk management planning and flood strategies.  It is recommended that the Committee membership comprise fifteen (15) members, including:

-        Two (2) Councillor representatives;

-        Five (5) community representatives;

-        Three (3) representatives of business associations or private businesses located in the LGA; and

-        Up to five (5) representatives of relevant State Government agencies.

 

NSW Public Libraries Association

Councillor Appointment:  One (1) Councillor

Meeting Frequency:  Quarterly

 

NSW Public Libraries Association is the peak body for public libraries in NSW.  The Association purpose is to act as an advisory capacity to the Council on Public Libraries in NSW, performing an advocacy role on behalf of local government libraries to State and Federal Government, in local government forums and, where appropriate, to other bodies and the wider community.

 

The Association allows for one (1) Councillor representative and one (1) staff representative.  Meetings are conducted quarterly at different locations in the Sydney metropolitan area.

 

Parramatta Legal and Justice Expansion Coalition

Councillor Appointment:  Lord Mayor

Meeting Frequency:  As required (no less than four (4) times a year)

 

The Parramatta Legal and Justice Expansion Coalition is formed to advocate and promote for an expended legal and justice precinct in Parramatta.  It is a centralized point of advocating for the expansion and a permanent presence of the Supreme Court of NSW in Paramatta.

 

The Coalition meets as the Chairperson deems necessary but not less than four (4) times a year.  Coalition members are required to attend at least 50% of meetings per year to retain their membership.

 

The Lord Mayor is Council’s delegate to represent Council on this external body.

 

Parramatta Community Fund Advisory Committee

Councillor Appointment:  One (1) Councillor

Meeting Frequency:  Currently not active

 

The Parramatta Community Fund Committee is a committee of diverse members whose mission is to build philanthropic responses and resources through the Parramatta Community Fund.  The Fund is aimed at addressing social needs in the Parramatta and surrounding areas, delivering social and cultural outcomes, assisting people who are suffering from disadvantage and fostering sustainable, liveable and productive communities.

 

The Fund comprises passionate residents, business owners and one (1) Councillor representative.  The Fund is not currently active and the operational model is currently being reviewed and redeveloped.

 

It is recommended that Council not appoint a Councillor representative until such time as the review of the operational model is finalised.

 

Parramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group

Councillor Appointment:  Lord Mayor and one (1) Councillor

Meeting Frequency:  Quarterly.

 

The Paramatta Light Rail Business Reference Group is an initiative formed by Transport for NSW to provide local businesses, community members and stakeholders a forum to share advice and collaborate on initiatives to support businesses across the alignment during the construction and operations of the Parramatta Light Rail.

 

The Reference Group allows for two (2) Councillor representatives.  Meetings are conducted quarterly.

 

Parramatta Traffic Committee

Councillor Appointment:  One (1) Councillor

Meeting Frequency:  Bi-Monthly

 

The Parramatta Traffic Committee is a technical review committee required by the State Government and governed by the Delegations to Council for the Regulation of Traffic Guidelines.  The Committee considers traffic matters where Council has the delegation to approve, being:

 

Functions:

1.      Authorisation of prescribed traffic control devices covered under Division 1 of Part 4 (Sections 50 and 55) of the Road Transport (Safety and Traffic Management) Act 1999 (STM Act);

2.      Regulation of traffic under Division 2 of Part 8 (Sections 116 to 119) of the Roads Act 1993;

3.      Authorisation of special event parking schemes under Division 2 of Part 5 (Clauses 122 and 123 of the STM Act on public roads other than classified roads).

 

The following decisions have historically been delegated to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (circa 1999) and it is recommended that Council continue this arrangement:

-        Linemarking (lane lines, separation lines, edge lines, barrier lines, etc);

-        Parking restrictions (excluding preferential and residential parking schemes);

-        Advisory signposting;

-        Works zones;

-        Taxi zones / bus zones (subject to consultation with relevant associations and bodies and Transport for NSW);

-        Angled and disabled parking;

-        Light traffic thoroughfares;

-        Regulatory signs (other than turn restrictions and one-way restrictions);

-        Marked foot crossings and children crossings (other than raised crossings or where road narrowing is involved);

-        Temporary road closures / on-the-spot road closures for annual events (as per RMS requirements and subject to Police approval).

 

The Committee membership comprises:

-        One (1) Councillor representative;

-        One (1) NSW Police representative;

-        One (1) RMS representative; and

-        The local State Member of Parliament or their nominee.

 

Meetings are held bi-monthly.

 

Parramatta Traffic Engineering Advisory Group

Councillor Appointment:  One (1) Councillor

Meeting Frequency:  Bi-Monthly

 

Although not a statutory committee nor an external body, the Parramatta Traffic Engineering Advisory Group provides advice and advocacy for traffic related matters.  Recommendations made by the Committee are referred to Transport for NSW advocating on behalf of the community on matters not requiring immediate construction work.

 

The Parramatta Traffic Engineering Advisory Group comprises the same Committee Members as the Parramatta Traffic Committee, as it allows open and transparent consideration of matters with relevant agency stakeholders.

 

Meetings are held bi-monthly.

 

Sydney Central City Planning Panel

Councillor Appointment:  Two (2) Councillors and two (2) Alternates

Meeting Frequency:  Regularly

 

The Sydney Central City Planning Panel (Panel) is decision making panel considering significant development applications and planning matters.

 

The types of developments the Panel considers includes:

-        General development over $30 million

-        Council related development over $5 million

-        Crown development over $5 million

-        Private infrastructure and community facilities over $5 million

-        Eco-tourist facilities over $5 million

-        Particular designated development; and

-        Coastal subdivision.

 

The Panel consists of five (5) member, being three State appointed representatives including the Chair and two (2) Councillor representatives.  Councillor representatives are paid a fee to sit on this Panel, as follows:

-        Meeting fee of $600 for attendance at formal decision making meetings of the Sydney Central City Planning Panel;

-        Additional fee of $100 per hour, minimum one hour up to a maximum of $600, for attending official organised site visits and briefings of the Panel;

-        Allowance includes travel costs and time for meetings, site visits and briefings;

-        Councillors paid on confirmation of attendance and hours spent at site visits and briefings.

 

Meetings are held regularly depending on the volume of applications required.

 

Western Sydney Academy of Sport

Councillor Appointment:  Two (2) Councillors

Meeting Frequency:  Quarterly

 

The Western Sydney Academy of Sport is an information sharing and ideas forum, comprising ten (10) Councils providing annual contributions forming parting of development programs for Western Sydney athletes.

 

As a member of the Advisory Forum, Council is able to nominate two (2) Councillor representatives.  The Academy meets quarterly.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

Stakeholder Consultation

 

5.      The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

Various

Various

Input into the statutory committees and external bodies of Council

Various (see above)

Governance

 

Councillor Consultation

 

6.      The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

7.      It is appropriate for Councillors to be represented on various statutory committees and external bodies.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

8.      There are no unbudgeted financial implications for Council associated with the appointment of Councillors to the above statutory committees and external bodies.  It is noted that the Sydney Central City Planning Panel is a paid committee and these costs are provided for within Council’s 2021/2022 adopted budget.

 

9.      The table below summarises the financial impacts on the budget arising from approval of this report.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Revenue

Nil

 

 

 

Internal Revenue

 

 

 

 

External Revenue

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

 

 

 

 

Internal Costs

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

NA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

Nil

 

 

 

 

Patricia Krzeminski

Governance Manager

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

 

Jillian Khoo

Executive Director Corporate Services

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.2

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.2

SUBJECT                  Appointment of Community Representatives to the Parramatta Local Planning Panel

REFERENCE            F2021/01980 - D08411416

REPORT OF              Strategic Business Manager        

 

 

CSP THEME:             ACCESSIBLE

 

workshop/briefing date:  9 March 2022

 

PURPOSE:

To seek Council’s approval to appoint community representative members to the Parramatta Local Planning Panel for the period 1 April 2022 to 29 February 2024, to coincide with the conclusion of the term of the current chair, alternate chairs, and independent expert members.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(a)     That Council approve and delegate authority to the Chief Executive Officer to appoint the individuals contained in Attachment 1 as community representatives to the Parramatta Local Planning Panel, subject to the satisfactory completion of probity checks, for the period 1 April 2022 until 29 February 2024.

 

(b)     Further, that Council endorse community panel members to be representatives for all wards.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      On 14 June 2016, Council resolved to establish an Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP) which began operation in August 2016. The IHAP is now known as the Parramatta Local Planning Panel (PLPP).

 

2.      The IHAP was established to provide an open and transparent framework for the consideration of planning decisions that ensures all stakeholders applicants and the community, including objectors) are appropriately consulted and to provide a means by which planning decisions can be reviewed.

 

3.      In late 2017 changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the EP&A Act) mandated all Sydney councils to have a Local Planning Panel (LPP) which would operate from 1 March 2018.  The LPP exercises functions under the EP&A Act for the determination of certain Development Applications (DAs) and reporting requirements for Planning Proposals (PPs).

 

4.      The PLPP generally meets once per month on the third Tuesday. The agenda and the minutes of each meeting are published on the City of Parramatta website.

 

5.      Under the EP&A Act, each LPP meeting is to comprise a chair, two independent expert members and a community member (who is not a councillor or Council officer).

 

6.      Under the EP&A Act a person is not eligible to be a member of a local planning panel if the person is:

a.      A Councillor of any Council, or

b.      A property developer within the meaning of section 53 of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (this includes a person who is a close associate of a property developer).

 

7.      The Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) is responsible for the recruitment and selection of LPP chairs, alternate chairs, and independent experts, which then requires endorsement by Council.

 

8.      Council’s current chair, alternate chairs and independent experts were endorsed by Council at the meeting held on 28 June 2021 for the period 1 July 2021 until 29 February 2024.

 

Panel Member

Position

Area(s) of Expertise

Stephen O’Connor

Chair

Planning, Environment

Mary-Lynne Taylor

Alternate Chair

Planning, Heritage, Law

Julie Walsh

Alternate Chair

Law

Ian Armstrong

Independent Expert

Planning, Architecture, Urban Design

Paul Berkemeier

Independent Expert

Planning, Architecture, Heritage, Urban Design

Helen Deegan

Independent Expert

Planning

Steve Driscoll

Independent Expert

Planning, Urban Design, Government

Michael Evesson

Independent Expert

Planning, Environment, Economics, Government

Lindsay Fletcher

Independent Expert

Planning, Government

Sue Francis

Independent Expert

Planning, Law

Robert Hussey

Independent Expert

Planning, Traffic & Transport, Engineering, Government

David Johnson

Independent Expert

Environment

Alf Lester

Independent Expert

Planning, Architecture, Urban Design

Simone Lotz

Independent Expert

Planning, Architecture, Heritage, Urban Design, Tourism

Michael Mason

Independent Expert

Planning, Government

Alison McCabe

Independent Expert

Planning, Government

Tony Reed

Independent Expert

Traffic & Transport, Engineering, Government

Deb Sutherland

Independent Expert

Planning, Urban Design

Richard Thorp

Independent Expert

Architecture, Urban Design

 

9.      The recruitment, selection and appointment of community representatives is the responsibility of each council.

 

10.    Under the EP&A Act where the council is divided into wards, council is to appoint representatives of the local community for each ward. Whilst all community representatives are entitled to attend any given meeting of the LPP, only one designated by the chairperson of the panel comprises the quorum for the meeting and is entitled to vote and be heard on a matter before the panel.

 

11.    As the City of Parramatta has wards either a community representative needs to be appointed for each ward or Council can resolve that community members represent all wards.  

 

12.    The matters considered at each PLPP meeting are generally scattered across the LGA.  As the roster of members for each meeting is generally done months in advance, to ensure availability of sufficient panel members and for the members to allocate this time in their schedule, it is unknown at the time what wards the matters at each meeting will be located in. It is most practical for the operation of the PLPP if only one community representative is required to attend each meeting. Otherwise, a community representative from each ward which has a DA or PP being considered would be required to attend the meeting, potentially resulting in several community representatives attending any one meeting. This would increase the cost associated with the operation of the PLPP. It would also mean in instances where a DA or PP for a particular ward is scheduled, but that ward representative is unable to attend, there may be an expectation that the report for the DA or PP would not be considered and cause unnecessary delay in making a recommendation on that matter.

 

13.    On 18 December 2017, Council resolved to allow community members to represent all wards not just the one in which they live. As such only one community representative is required to attend the meeting.

 

14.    When the PLPP commenced in March 2018 Council had three community representatives (from the previous IHAP). An Expression of Interest (EOI) process was undertaken by Council in 2018 to increase the pool of community representatives. These additional representatives were appointed to the PLPP in December 2018 bringing to total pool of community representatives to ten (10). Since appointment in December 2018, there have been several resignations from the LPP, and Council currently has a pool of seven (7) community representatives.

 

15.    Under the EP&A Act, a member of the LPP may only be appointed for a period not exceeding three years and a member of the LPP can be a member of the LPP for up to six years in total. The initial 3-year term of appointment for the community representatives expired in December 2021.

 

16.    At the Council meeting held on 27 September 2021 Council considered a report to reappoint the current seven community representatives for an additional term until 29 February 2024, to coincide with the end of the appointment for the current chair, alternate chairs and independent experts. This would also mean that the three original community representatives would have completed a 6-year period and the additional members a 5.5-year period.

 

17.    At the 27 September 2021 Council meeting Council resolved:

 

(a)     That Council reappoint the current community representative members (named in paragraph 20) of the Parramatta Local Planning Panel until 31 March 2022.

 

(b)     Further, that appropriate actions to be taken to commence the recruitment and selection and appointment of community representatives immediately with a list of suitable applicants to be reported to the next term of Council.

 

18.    An EOI was conducted for a period of six weeks from 8 November 2021 to 19 December 2021. The EOI was advertised via the following methods:

a.   Council’s website – including a slider on the homepage

b.   Social media – LinkedIn

c.   Parramatta Business Newsletter – November edition

d.   Participate Parramatta Newsletter – November edition

e.   Email to existing PLPP community representatives

 

19.    The following selection criteria were used for the EOI for recruiting community representatives:

a.   A current resident of the City of Parramatta LGA or have significant ties to the LGA and community.

b.   Knowledge and understanding of the LGA and issues of concern to the local community.

c.   Capacity to form independent views and to contribute constructively to the PLPP.

d.   Understanding of the planning system including Council’s local environmental plans, development control plans, local strategic planning statement and community strategic plan.

e.   Commitment to following the Code of Conduct for Local Planning Panel Members and the Local Planning Panels Operational Procedures and attending local planning panel meetings and completing panel business in required timeframes.

 

20.    Council is responsible to undertaking probity checks for community representatives. Each community representative will be subject to the following probity checks prior to being appointed to the PLPP:

a.   ASIC banned and disqualified register check

b.   ASIC enforceable undertaking register

c.   Bankruptcy record check

d.   National Police check (ACIC)

e.   Political Donations

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

21.    At the conclusion of the EOI period, 10 applications had been received. Of those applications, six were from current community representatives. The table below provides a breakdown of the number of applicants by ward.

 

WARD

NUMBER OF APPLICANTS

Dundas

4

Epping

1

North Rocks

3

Parramatta

1

Rosehill

1

TOTAL

10

 

22.    Three Senior Council Officers (David Birds – Group Manager Major Projects & Precincts, Mark Leotta – Group Manager Development and Traffic Services and Kathleen Sales – Strategic Business Manager) have reviewed all the applications received and taken into consideration the relevant qualifications and experience of the applicants as well as their responses to the selection criteria used in the EOI process. A list of all eligible applicants and a brief description of their qualifications, skills, and experience as well as an assessment against each selection criteria is provided in Attachment 1 (confidential - as it contains personal information regarding the individual applicants). The assessment against the selection criteria for each applicant was based upon the quality and detail provided in the applicant’s response to the criteria.

 

23.    The current Chair of the PLPP has also considered the applications and asked for his views. The Chair supports the retention of the six existing panel members who applied through the EOI process. Based upon his work with them as panel members over the past few years the Chair has no hesitation in suggestion all six be appointed to the PLPP for another term. Of the other applicants, the Chair only expressed reservations regarding one who appeared only lived in the local community for the past few years and did not have skills that would be directly relevant to reviewing development proposals. Unlike one of the other candidates who has skills in architecture and the built environment. One further examination of the applicants resume they have lived in the area for nearly 30 years however had a small period of time (6-months) during that 30 years in another state. On this basis all of the applicants are considered suitable for appointment to the panel.

 

24.    All 10 applicants meet the selection criteria and are recommended to be appointed to the panel.

 

25.    The Chair also expressed reservations about appointing more than five or six community representatives as they will only get one or two opportunities to serve on a panel in a 12-month period. However, the Chair acknowledged that the number of community representatives in the pool is a matter for Council to decide.

 

26.    Community representatives are allocated to LPP on a rotating basis. Each year around 15 PLPP meetings are held comprising of the monthly panel meetings and additional ad-hoc meetings. With 10 community representatives, this means each would attend 1-2 LPP meetings per year. Appointing 10 community representatives provides flexibility for scheduling panel meetings, especially ad-hoc meetings, and means that if some members resign over the term of the appointment Council will still have sufficient members in the pool. In addition, as probity checks are yet to be undertaken this may prevent some of the recommended applicants from being appointed.

 

27.    An EOI for new community representatives will need to be undertaken during mid-late 2023 so that new community representatives can be appointed at the same time the next chair, alternate chairs and independent experts are appointed to commence in March 2024.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

Stakeholder Consultation

 

28.    The following stakeholder consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

8 November 2021 to 19 December 2021

Community EOI

10 applications received

All applications suitable

City Planning & Design

16 February 2022

PLPP Chair

Refer to paragraphs 23 & 25

Feedback from chair considered in deciding recommendations for community representative appointment

City Planning & Design

 

Councillor Consultation

 

29.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

9 March 2022

Standard briefing  session prior to Council meeting

Report finalised prior to briefing session

Report finalised prior to briefing session

City Planning & Design

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

30.    Under the EP&A Act Council is required to operate an LPP.

 

31.    The EP&A Act requires Council to appoint representatives for the local community to the LPP.

 

32.    If Council does not appoint community representatives, then Council will not have any community representatives for the PLPP and this will impact on Council’s ability to hold LPP meetings and ability to exercise functions under the EP&A Act for the determination of DAs and reporting requirements for PPs.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

33.    If Council resolves to approve this report in accordance with the recommendation, there are no unbudgeted financial implications for Council’s budget as the costs associated with the PLPP are already included in the budget

 

34.    In relation to community representatives the following remuneration as stipulated in the Ministerial Direction would apply:

a.   Community representatives – a minimum of $500 plus GST per meeting and $71 per hour for business that is undertaken outside of meetings.

b.   If the person was a member of that panel immediately prior to 1 March 2018, their existing rate of remuneration,

Whichever is the higher.

 

35.    The minimum per meeting rate is inclusive of all work a panel member does for a meeting, including preparation, site visits, the meeting itself and any deliberation and voting by the panel on matters considered at the meeting once the meeting has closed. All members are also entitled to their reasonable travel and out on pocket expenses.

 

36.    As Council had existing panel members when additional members were appointed in December 2018 it was considered fair and equitable for all panel members to be remunerated at the same rate. Current community representatives of the PLPP are paid at the rate of $850 plus GST per meeting and $71 per hour for business undertaken outside of meetings.

 

37.    The financial impacts to the budget, as set out in this section, will be included in the next Quarterly Budget Review for endorsement by Council.

 

38.    The table below summarises the financial impacts on the budget arising from approval of this report.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Internal Revenue

 

 

 

 

External Revenue

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Internal Costs

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

Existing

Existing

Existing

Existing

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

 

 

 

 

Kathleen Sales

Strategic Business Manager

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jennifer Concato

Executive Director City Planning and Design

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

1

Community Representative Applicants (confidential)

2 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.3

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.3

SUBJECT                  Minutes of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022

REFERENCE            F2021/00521 - D08385533

REPORT OF              Traffic and Transport Manager       

 

 

csp theme:             ACCESSIBLE

 

workshop/briefing date:  Nil

 

PURPOSE:

 

For Council to consider the minutes and approve the recommendations of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(a)     That Council note the minutes of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022, as provided at Attachment 1.

 

(b)     Further, that Council approve the recommendations of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022 provided at Attachment 1 and in this report, noting the following financial implications for each item.

 

I.        ITEM 2202 A1   JUNCTION ROAD, WINSTON HILLS – PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN REFUGE

 

The two proposed pedestrian refuge islands in Junction Road west of Bellotti Avenue and east of Ixion Street are to be delivered by The Hills Shire Council in 2021/22, subject to the availability of funding from TfNSW.  Accordingly, there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget from the construction.

 

II.       ITEM 2202 A2 Avenue of Oceania – Proposed Combined Raised Pedestrian and Cyclists Crossing

The estimated cost for constructing a new combined raised pedestrian and cyclists crossing in Avenue of Oceania at Louise Sauvage Pathway, Newington is $240,000. This project has received funding of $18,000 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22. 

There is currently no funding available for construction of this project. However, consideration will be given to fund construction of this project in 2022/23. Possible sources of funding could be through NSW Government’s Active Transport Program or Council’s Active Transport Program in 2022/23.

 

III.      ITEM 2202 A3 Ward Street, Epping – Proposed Raised Pedestrian Crossing

 

The estimated cost to construct a new raised pedestrian crossing in Ward Street, Epping is $280,000. This project has received 100% funding from the Federal Government Stimulus Commitments on Road Safety Program (School Zone Infrastructure). Accordingly, there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget.

 

It is to be noted that Schools Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) will fund the construction of a footpath on the east side of Ward Street (opposite school) from Carlingford Road to Lilli Pilli Street in accordance with the conditions of consent for the State Significant Development Approval for the upgrade of Epping West Public School. This work will be undertaken separately from this pedestrian crossing project and there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget.

 

IV.     ITEM 2202 A4 Hill Road, Wentworth Point – Proposed Pedestrian Refuge Islands

 

Council has allocated a total of $310,000 in 2021/22 for the Hill Road Master Plan including short-term pedestrian safety works in Hill Road. From this, $108,000 has been spent on footpath works and the lighting masterplan as well as other commitments. The remaining funds within this budget are proposed to be used on the proposed pedestrian refuge islands. Should these funds be insufficient to deliver all three facilities, Place Management will consult with the Rosehill Ward Councillors regarding the prioritisation of the project prior to commencement of construction.

 

V.      ITEM 2202 A5 Rembrandt Street, Carlingford – Proposal to install raised pedestrian crossing

 

          This report was withdrawn for a site meeting to be held between Ward Councillors and staff to discuss the proposal.  Accordingly, there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget at this stage.

 

VI.     ITEM 2202 A6 Orchard Road at Plympton Road, Beecroft – Proposal to install raised pedestrian crossing

 

The estimated cost for constructing a new raised pedestrian crossing in Orchard Road north of Plympton Road, Beecroft is $250,000. This project has received funding of $18,750 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22. 

 

There is currently no funding available for construction of this project. However, consideration will be given to fund construction of this project in 2022/23. Possible sources of funding could be through NSW Government’s Active Transport Program or Council’s Active Transport Program in 2022/23.

 

VII.    ITEM 2202 A7 Alamein Avenue west of Bardia Road, Carlingford – Raised Pedestrian Crossing

 

The estimated cost for installing a new Raised Pedestrian Crossing located in Alamein Avenue west of Bardia Road, Carlingford is $240,000. This project has received funding of $18,000 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22.  Funding is currently not available for construction. However, Council staff are exploring funding opportunities so that this project can be delivered in the 2022/23 financial year.

 

VIII.   ITEM 2202 A8 Carter Street, Birnie Avenue and M4 Motorway Corridor, Lidcombe – Proposed SepArated Bike Paths, Shared Paths, Cyclist Bridges, Turning Bay, and Pedestrians and Cyclist Facilities - Update

 

The total estimated cost of construction and design of this project including pedestrian and cyclist bridges is $14,063,704. Of the total cost, $5,000,000 is to be funded through a grant received from Department of Planning’s Precinct Support Scheme (PSS) and $3,463,997 from the Developer Contributions Plan.  The remaining balance of $5,599,707 would be required to be funded from other sources. Note that an application will be lodged with TfNSW to fund this project through the Active Transport Program for construction.  It is intended to commence construction when the funding for the entire project becomes available.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is legislated as the organisation responsible for the control of traffic on all roads in New South Wales under the Road Transport (Safety & Traffic Management) Act 1999.  In order to deal with the large number and range of traffic related matters effectively, TfNSW has delegated certain aspects of the control of traffic on local roads to councils.  TfNSW has retained both the control of traffic on the State's classified road network and the control of traffic signals on all roads.

 

2.      The TfNSW Delegation to Councils limits the types of prescribed traffic control devices and traffic control facilities that Council can authorise and imposes certain conditions on councils.  One of these conditions requires councils to obtain the advice of TfNSW and the Police prior to proceeding with any proposal. This is most commonly achieved by councils establishing a Local Traffic Committee.

 

3.      The Committee is composed of four formal members each with one vote. These four members are a representative from Council, the Police, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and the Local State Member of Parliament or their nominee.  The Parramatta Traffic Committee is an advisory body only, having no decision making powers. It is, primarily, a technical review committee that is required to advise the Council on traffic related matters referred to it by Council. In general, Council makes the decision, however, the Police and TfNSW can appeal Council’s decision to the Regional Traffic Committee.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

 

4.      The most recent meeting of the Parramatta Traffic Committee was held on 9 February 2022.  The Councillors that attended the meeting were: Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Pandey, Cllr Humphries, Cllr Valjak, Cllr Green, Cllr Noack and Cllr Prociv. The minutes of that meeting and the reports to that meeting are Attachments 1 and 2 of this report.

 

5.      The recommendations from the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting are provided below:

 

ITEM NO.

 

2202 A1         Junction Road, Winston Hills – Proposed pedestrian refuge islands

 

1.      That a pedestrian refuge island with associated signs and linemarking be installed in Junction Road immediately east of Ixion Street, Winston Hills as shown in Figure 2 of the report.

 

2.      That a pedestrian refuge island with associated signs and linemarking be installed in Junction Road immediately west of Bellotti Avenue, Winston Hills as shown in Figure 3 of the report.

 

3.      That recommendations 1 and 2 are subject to the below:

3.1.   PS2 bicycle logos be installed on the westbound approaches of the two pedestrian refuge islands in Junction Road, Winston Hills.

3.2.   The Hills Shire Council being requested to install PS2 bicycle logos on the eastbound approaches to the two pedestrian refuge islands in Junction Road, Winston Hills.

3.3.   The work being at no cost to City of Parramatta Council.

 

Unanimous support.

 

2202 A2         Avenue of Oceania – Proposed Combined Raised Pedestrian and Cyclists Crossing

         

1.      That Council approve the construction of a new combined raised pedestrian and cyclists crossing with associated signs and linemarking in Avenue of Oceania at Louise Sauvage Pathway, Newington as shown in Figure 1 of this report.

 

2.      That detailed design plans for the combined raised pedestrian and cyclists crossing in Avenue of Oceania, Newington as referred in recommendation 1 be submitted to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for approval prior to commencement of construction.

 

3.      That recommendation 1 above is subject to funding being available.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A3         Ward Street, Epping – Proposed Raised Pedestrian Crossing

 

1.      That Council approve the construction of a new raised pedestrian crossing with associated signs and linemarking in Ward Street, Epping near the proposed new main entrance to Epping West Public School as shown in Figure 1 of this report.

 

2.      That Council approve the removal of the existing kerb extension located on the west side of Ward Street north of Carlingford Road, Epping as shown in Figure 1 of this report.

 

3.      That Council approve the rearrangements of the existing school peak period ‘Bus Zone’ and ‘No Parking’ restrictions located on the west side of Ward Street north of Carlingford Road, Epping as shown in Figure 1 of this report.

 

4.      That detailed design plans for the raised pedestrian crossing in Ward Street, Epping, as referred in recommendations 1 above, be submitted to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for approval prior to commencement of construction.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A4         Hill Road, Wentworth Point – Proposed Pedestrian Refuge Islands

1.      That Council approve construction of a pedestrian refuge island within the painted median island in Hill Road north of Verona Drive, Wentworth Point as shown in the concept design plan attached to the report.

2.      That Council approve construction of a pedestrian refuge island within the painted median island in Hill Road north of Half Street, Wentworth Point as shown in the concept design plan attached to the report.

3.      That Council approve reconstruction of the existing landscaped median island in Baywater Road at Hill Road, Wentworth Point to provide a new pedestrian refuge island as shown in the concept design plan attached to the report.

4.      That kerb extension be installed in Half Street at Hill Road, Wentworth Point as shown in the concept design plan attached to the report.

5.      That detailed design plans for the pedestrian refuge islands in Hill Road and Baywater Road and kerb extensions in Half Street, Wentworth Point as referred in recommendations 1 to 4 above be submitted to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for approval prior to commencement of construction.

6.      That recommendations 1 to 4 above are subject to funding being available.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A5         Rembrandt Street, Carlingford – Proposal to install raised pedestrian crossing

 

That this report be withdrawn for a site meeting to be held between Ward Councilors and staff to discuss the proposal.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A6         Orchard Road at Plympton Road, Beecroft – Proposal to install raised pedestrian crossing

 

1.      That a raised pedestrian crossing with associated signs and pavement markings be installed on Orchard Road north of North Rocks Road and Plympton Road, Beecroft as shown in the plan attached to the report.

 

2.      That recommendation 1 is subject to the detailed design of the raised pedestrian crossing in Orchard Road, Beecroft as referred in recommendations 1 above being submitted to Transport for NSW (TfNSW) for approval prior to commencement of construction.

 

3.      That recommendation 1 above is subject to funding being available.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A7         Alamein Avenue west of Bardia Road, Carlingford – Raised Pedestrian Crossing

 

1.      That a new raised pedestrian crossing located in Alamein Avenue west of Bardia Road, Carlingford be installed as shown in the plan attached to the report.

 

2.      That recommendation 1 is subject to the detailed design of the raised pedestrian crossing being approved by the Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) prior to the commencement of construction.

 

3.      That the construction of the project is subject to the following:

3.1.   The ‘No Stopping’ restrictions being provided in accordance with design requirements and that residents be advised of any changes.

3.2.   Funding being available.

 

4.      That Council note that the project is currently unfunded; however, consideration is currently being given to funding the project in 2022/23.

 

Unanimous support

 

2202 A8         Carter Street, Birnie Avenue and M4 Motorway Corridor, Lidcombe – Proposed SepArated Bike Paths, Shared Paths, Cyclist Bridges, Turning Bay, and Pedestrians and Cyclist Facilities – Update

 

1.      That Council approve the construction of a separated bike path and shared path on the southern side of Carter Street, Lidcombe as shown on the plan attached to the report.

 

2.      That Council approve in principle the construction of shared pedestrian and cyclist bridges over Haslams Creek and Hill Road with associated shared paths in the M4 corridor, Lidcombe noting that the bridges require a detailed design and an environmental assessment to be undertaken.

 

3.      That Council approve the construction of a shared path on the western side of Birnie Avenue between Carter Street and Edwin Flack Avenue, Lidcombe.

 

4.      That Council approve the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist refuge island in Carter Street at Birnie Avenue, Lidcombe as shown on the plan attached to the report.

 

5.      That Council approve the construction of a right turn bay in Carter Street (westbound) for motorists turning into Uhrig Road as shown on the plan attached to the report.

 

6.      That Council note that installation of any required turn restrictions identified during the detailed design are to be placed on public exhibition for 28 days before referring them to the Parramatta Traffic Committee and Council for approval.  It is to be noted that Traffic Management Plans (TMP) for the turn restrictions are to be approved by TfNSW prior to the installation of the restriction.

 

7.      That recommendations 1 to 5 are subject to the funding being available for the entire project and the detailed design of the proposed works including sign and linemarking plans being approved by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) prior to the commencement of construction.

 

Unanimous support

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

Stakeholder Consultation

 

6.      Details of the consultation undertaken with the Community, Agencies and Councillors for each item, are included in Attachment 2 and Attachment 3.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

7.      There

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

 

9.      The financial comments for each item are provided below:

 

Item No.

 

2202 A1

The proposed two Pedestrian Refuge Islands in Junction Road west of Bellotti Avenue and east of Ixion Street are to be delivered by The Hills Shire Council in 2021/22, subject to the availability of funding from TfNSW.  Accordingly, there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget from the construction.

 

2202 A2

The estimated cost for constructing a new combined raised pedestrian and cyclists crossing in Avenue of Oceania at Louise Sauvage Pathway, Newington is $240,000. This project has received funding of $18,000 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22. 

 

There is currently no funding available for construction of this project. However, consideration will be given to fund construction of this project in 2022/23. Possible sources of funding could be through NSW Government’s Active Transport Program or Council’s Active Transport Program in 2022/23.

 

2202 A3

The estimated cost to construct a new raised pedestrian crossing in Ward Street, Epping is $280,000. This project has received 100% funding from the Federal Government Stimulus Commitments on Road Safety Program (School Zone Infrastructure). Accordingly, there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget.

 

It is to be noted that State Infrastructure NSW (SINSW) will fund the construction of a footpath on the east side of Ward Street (opposite school) from Carlingford Road to Lilli Pilli Street in accordance with the conditions of consent for the State Significant Development Approval for the upgrade of Epping West Public School. This work will be undertaken separately from this pedestrian crossing project and there will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget.

 

2202 A4

Council has allocated a total of $310,000 in 2021/22 for the Hill Road Master Plan including short-term pedestrian safety works in Hill Road. From this, $108,000 has been spent on footpath works and the lighting masterplan as well as other commitments. The remaining funds within this budget are proposed to be used on the proposed pedestrian refuge islands. Should these funds be insufficient to deliver all three facilities, Place Management will consult with the Rosehill Ward Councillors regarding the prioritisation of the project prior to commencement of construction.

 

2202 A5

Item deferred

2202 A6

The estimated cost for constructing a new raised pedestrian crossing in Orchard Road north of Plympton Road, Beecroft is $250,000.

This project has received funding of $18,750 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22. 

 

There is currently no funding available for construction of this project. However, consideration will be given to fund construction of this project in 2022/23. Possible sources of funding could be through NSW Government’s Active Transport Program or Council’s Active Transport Program in 2022/23.

 

2202 A7

The estimated cost for installing a new Raised Pedestrian Crossing located in Alamein Avenue west of Bardia Road, Carlingford is $240,000. This project has received funding of $18,000 from Council’s Active Transport Program to undertake detailed design in 2021/22. 

 

Funding is currently not available for construction. However, Council staff are exploring funding opportunities so that these projects can be delivered in the 2022/23 financial year.

 

2202 A8

The total estimated cost of construction and design of this project including pedestrian and cyclist bridges is $14,063,704. Of the total cost, $5,000,000 is to be funded through a grant received from Department of Planning’s Precinct Support Scheme (PSS) and $3,463,997 from the Developer Contributions Plan.  The remaining balance of $5,599,707 would be required to be funded from other sources. Note that an application will be lodged to TfNSW to fund this project through the Active Transport Program for construction.  It is intended to commence construction when the funding for the entire project becomes available.

 

 

10.    There will not be any direct impact on Council’s budget from projects that are to be delivered by external organisations.

 

11.    For unfunded projects, there are no unbudgeted financial implications for Council’s budget as funding options are being investigated separately and approvals will be sought through the appropriate process.

 

12.    The table below summaries the financial impacts on the budget arising from approval of this report.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Internal Revenue

 

 

 

 

External Revenue

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

 

 

 

 

Internal Costs

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

CONCLUSION

 

13.    Council officers recommend that the recommendations of the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022 be approved by Council.

 

Richard Searle

Traffic and Transport Manager

 

Mark Leotta

Group Manager - Development and Traffic Services

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jennifer Concato

Executive Director City Planning and Design

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

1

PTC 2202 Minutes for the PTC meeting held on 9 February 2022

11 Pages

 

2

PTC 2202 Agenda for the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022

105 Pages

 

3

PTC 2202 Consultation and Timing for Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022

11 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Item 13.3 - Attachment 1

PTC 2202 Minutes for the PTC meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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Item 13.3 - Attachment 2

PTC 2202 Agenda for the Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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PTC 2202 Consultation and Timing for Parramatta Traffic Committee meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.4

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.4

SUBJECT                  Minutes of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

REFERENCE            F2021/00521 - D08385546

REPORT OF              Traffic and Transport Manager       

 

 

csp theme:             ACCESSIBLE

 

workshop/briefing date:  Nil

 

PURPOSE:

 

That Council consider the minutes and approve the recommendations of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group at the meeting held on 9 February 2022.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(a)     That Council note the minutes of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022, provided at Attachment 1.

 

(b)     Further, that Council approve the recommendations of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022 provided at Attachment 1 and in this report, noting the following financial implications for each item.

 

I.        ITEM 2110 B1 REVIEW OF PROPOSED TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT THE INTERSECTION OF CARLINGFORD ROAD AND HEPBURN AVENUE, EPPING

 

This report provides a response to a local resident and Epping Civic Trust regarding the request to relocate the proposed traffic signals from Carlingford Road/Hepburn Avenue to Carlingford Road/Pennant Parade, Epping. Therefore, this matter has no financial impact upon Council's budget. This project has been included in the list of projects to be funded by Developer Contributions.

 

II.       ITEM 2202 B2 GIBSON ROAD AND MORTON STREET, PARRAMATTA – REQUEST FOR TRAFFIC CALMING

 

This report does not recommend any changes in Morton Street and Gibson Road, Parramatta. Therefore, this matter has no financial impact upon Council’s budget.

 

III.      ITEM 2202 B3 EAT STREET CAR PARK, PARRAMATTA CBD – REVIEW OF ACCESSIBLE PARKING

 

This report recommends that further investigations be undertaken to increase the height clearances and number of accessible parking spaces in Eat Street Car Park. This report also provides an update on Westfield Parramatta’s progress in providing accessible parking information on their website and Council’s progress in preparing an information package on accessible parking spaces in Parramatta CBD. These recommendations will only involve staff time and the cost will be covered under existing employee budgets.

 

IV.     ITEM 2202 B4 KENWORTHY STREET, DUNDAS – REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN CONDITION

 

There are no changes proposed in Kenworthy Street, Dundas. Accordingly, there are no financial implications to Council’s budget.

 

V.      ITEM 2202 B5 NORTH ROCKS PARK DRIVEWAY ON FARNELL AVENUE, CARLINGFORD – PETITION TO REOPEN GATE

 

That the report on access for North Rocks Park be deferred for a site meeting with Ward Councillors and Council staff to review traffic conditions in this location.

 

VI.     ITEM 2202 B6 CITY OF PARRAMATTA TfNSW CRASH STATISTICS JANUARY 2016 TO DECEMBER 2020

 

This report has no financial impact upon Council's budget.

 

VII.    PROJECTS RECENTLY COMPLETED, PROJECTS CURRENTLY FUNDED, AND PROJECTS LISTS FOR CONSIDERATION OF FUTURE FUNDING

 

This report has no financial impact upon Council's budget.

 

VIII.   OUTSTANDING WORKS INSTRUCTIONS

 

Transport for NSW Block Grant funds for 2021/22 have been used for these works.

 

IX.     BOLD STREET, GRANVILLE – REQUEST FOR MAINTENANCE OF PAVEMENT MARKINGS

 

Transport for NSW Block Grant funds for 2021/22 will be used to undertake the requested works.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      The Traffic Engineering Advisory Group (TEAG) is similar to the Parramatta Traffic Committee, except that it only involves matters that do not invoke the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Delegation to Councils.  The TEAG does not have the formal voting process that Parramatta Traffic Committee has.  It is primarily a technical review committee that advises Council on traffic related matters. TEAG also considers items where TfNSW maintains its control, such as speed limits, clearways and traffic signals, or items for which TfNSW does not have control such as planning of future projects.

 

2.      The most recent meeting of the TEAG was held on 9 February 2022. The Councillors that attended the meeting were: Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Pandey, Cllr Humphries, Cllr Valjak, Cllr Green, Cllr Noack, and Cllr Prociv.  The minutes of that meeting and the reports to that meeting are Attachments 1 and 2 of this report.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

3.      The recommendations from the TEAG meeting are provided below:

 

ITEM NO.

 

2202 B1        REVIEW OF PROPOSED TRAFFIC SIGNALS AT THE INTERSECTION OF CARLINGFORD ROAD AND HEPBURN AVENUE, EPPING

 

That Council note that the intersection of Carlingford Road and Hepburn Avenue, Epping is the preferred location for the new proposed traffic signals and that this is supported by Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

 

                        Unanimous support

 

2202 B2        GIBSON ROAD AND MORTON STREET, PARRAMATTA – REQUEST FOR TRAFFIC CALMING

 

That the installation of speed cushions in Morton Street and Gibson Road, Parramatta not be supported due to it being a low priority, not having a funding source, and not having demonstrated community support.

 

                        Unanimous support.

 

2202 B3        EAT STREET CAR PARK, PARRAMATTA CBD – REVIEW OF ACCESSIBLE PARKING

 

1.      That Council note that further investigations are underway to investigate future opportunities to increase the height clearance and number of accessible parking spaces in Eat Street Car Park.

 

2.      That Council note that Westfield Parramatta is currently working on updating its website to include information related to accessible car parking spaces on the roof of its car park including the clearance available to access this area.

 

3.      That Council investigate whether accessible car parking can be provided at the lower ground level of the Parramatta Station car park in Wentworth Street, Parramatta.

 

4.      That Council undertake surveys to determine the demand for accessible car parking in Eat Street car park. 

 

5.      That this report be referred to the Access Committee for feedback.

 

6.      That a report be provided in the future Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting providing an update on accessible parking in multi-level car parks.

 

Unanimous support.

 

2202 B4        KENWORTHY STREET, DUNDAS – REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN CONDITIONS

 

That Council not proceed with the project to replace the existing children’s crossing in Kenworthy Street, Dundas with a raised pedestrian crossing.

 

                        Unanimous support.

 

2202 B5        NORTH ROCKS PARK DRIVEWAY ON FARNELL AVENUE, CARLINGFORD – PETITION TO REOPEN GATE

 

That the report on access for North Rocks Park be deferred for a site meeting with Ward Councillors and Council staff to review traffic conditions in this location.

 

Unanimous support.

 

2202 B6        CITY OF PARRAMATTA TfNSW CRASH STATISTICS JANUARY 2016 TO DECEMBER 2020

 

That the information on TfNSW crash statistics for the City of Parramatta Council Local Government Area relating to the 5 year reporting period from January 2016 to December 2020 be received and noted.

 

Unanimous support.

 

2202 B7        PROJECTS RECENTLY COMPLETED, PROJECTS CURRENTLY FUNDED, AND PROJECTS LISTS FOR CONSIDERATION OF FUTURE FUNDING

 

1.      That Council note that three traffic projects have been completed by Council in December 2021.

 

2.      That the information regarding progress on currently funded projects be received and noted.

 

3.      That the Projects Lists for proposed traffic works be received and noted.

 

Unanimous support.

 

2202 B8         OUTSTANDING WORKS INSTRUCTIONS

 

That the information in relation to outstanding Works Instructions over the 3-month period between August and October 2021 be received and noted.

 

                        Unanimous support.

 

2202 B9         Bold Street, Granville – Request for maintenance of Pavement markings

 

That the existing faded pavement markings in Bold Street, Granville be remarked.

 

                        Unanimous support.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

4.      Details of the consultation undertaken with the Community and Councillors for each of the items considered at the meeting, including the response for each item, are included in Attachment 3.

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

5.      There are no legal implications for Council associated with any of the items in this report.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

6.      The financial comments for each item are provided below.

 

Item No.

 

2202 B1

This report provides a response to a local resident and Epping Civic Trust regarding the request to relocate the proposed traffic signals from Carlingford Road/Hepburn Avenue to Carlingford Road/Pennant Parade, Epping. Therefore, this matter has no financial impact upon Council's budget. This project has been included in the list of projects to be funded by Developer Contributions.

2202 B2

This report does not recommend any changes in Morton Street and Gibson Road, Parramatta. Therefore, this matter has no financial impact upon Council’s budget.

2202 B3

This report recommends that further investigations be undertaken to increase the height clearances and number of accessible parking spaces in Eat Street Car Park. This report also provides an update on Westfield Parramatta’s progress in providing accessible parking information on their website and Council’s progress in preparing an information package on accessible parking spaces in Parramatta CBD. These recommendations will only involve staff time and the cost will be covered under existing employee budgets. Accordingly, there are no financial implications to Council’s budget.

2202 B4

There are no changes proposed in Kenworthy Street, Dundas. Accordingly, there are no financial implications to Council’s budget

2202 B5

That the report on access for North Rocks Park be deferred for a site meeting with Ward Councillors and Council staff to review traffic conditions near North Rocks Park. Accordingly, there are no financial implications to Council’s budget.

2202 B6

This report has no financial impact on Council's budget. 

2202 B7

This report has no financial impact on Council's budget.

2202 B8

Transport for NSW Block Grant funds for 2021/22 have been used for these works.

2202 B9

Transport for NSW Block Grant funds for 2021/22 are to be used to undertake the requested works.

 

7.   The table below summaries the financial impacts on the budget arising from approval of this report.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

 

 

 

 

Internal Costs (maintenance)

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

CONCLUSION

 

8.   Council officers recommend that the recommendations of the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022 be adopted by Council.

 

 

Richard Searle

Traffic and Transport Manager

 

Mark Leotta

Group Manager - Development and Traffic Services

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jennifer Concato

Executive Director City Planning and Design

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

Attachments:

1

TEAG 2202 Minutes for the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

8 Pages

 

2

TEAG 2202 Agenda for the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

83 Pages

 

3

TEAG 2202 Consultation and Timing for the Traffic and Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

12 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Item 13.4 - Attachment 1

TEAG 2202 Minutes for the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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Item 13.4 - Attachment 2

TEAG 2202 Agenda for the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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Item 13.4 - Attachment 3

TEAG 2202 Consultation and Timing for the Traffic and Engineering Advisory Group meeting held on 9 February 2022

 

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Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.5

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.5

SUBJECT                  Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan

REFERENCE            F2021/00521 - D08385527

REPORT OF              Recreation Planner       

 

 

csp theme:             FAIR

 

workshop/briefing date:  16 February 2022

 

PURPOSE:

 

To report to Council the feedback received from the public exhibition of the Draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan, to note the changes resulting from the public exhibition and to recommend the final Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan for approval.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That Council approve the Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan (SSAP) at Attachment 1, noting that it commits Council to pursuing, on its own or in partnership with others, the following over the next 20 years:

1       Increase the practical capacity of Council’s sportsground network by 51 sporting fields through:

i.        improving maintenance and upgrade existing sportsground facilities to increase capacity;

ii.       considering the role of natural turf, hybrid and synthetic surface technology to increase field carrying capacity;

iii.      delivering new sportsground facilities;

iv.      increasing community access to sporting fields not owned by Council; and

v.       implementing efficient management processes to support and maximise the use of sportsground facilities.

2       Apply the recommendations of the SSAP in negotiations of future voluntary planning agreements that include sportsground facilities.

3       Incorporate projects identified in the SSAP into the delivery of the contributions plan and subsequent updates.

4       Apply the recommendations of the SSAP in seeking grant and funding opportunities for sportsground facilities.

5       Apply the recommendations of the SSAP in preparing operational and capital works budgets for the short, medium, and long-term.

6       Further, that all those who provided submissions during the public exhibition period be advised of Council’s decision and thanked for their contribution to the development of the SSAP.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      Council prepared a draft Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan (SSAP). The purpose of this Strategy is to provide a detailed roadmap for the provision of the City of Parramatta Council’s sportsground network to meet existing and future community needs. The development of this document has occurred as part of Focus Area 1.3.1.1 in the Delivery Program and Operation Plan 2018-2021.

 

2.      On 26 July 2021, Council endorsed the draft SSAP for a round of community consultation.

 

3.      The draft SSAP was exhibited for a 6-week period from the 1 September 2021 to 13 October 2021. During this time, the community (residents, workers, visitors, interest groups, sporting organisations, associations and clubs, non-government and non-profit organisations, state government and others) were able to comment on the draft SSAP.

 

4.      A number of consultation mechanisms were utilised to extend the reach of the strategy. These included social media posts, email newsletters, online webinar, stakeholder interviews and throughout the duration of the exhibition period, a range of options were provided for the community to return feedback on the draft strategies. For the draft SSAP, the mechanisms utilised are detailed in Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan Engagement Report at Attachment 2.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

5.      The revised SSAP reflects changes as a result of the public exhibition period. Of particular note are changes to the second focus area to increase capacity of fields through consideration of natural turf, hybrid and synthetic surface technologies. This refocus is supported by the existing actions to follow rigorous business case processes for each site identified for potential capacity increases. This business case process will benefit from the latest information available at that time, including, but not limited to, the imminent release of the NSW State Government guidelines from the Synthetic Turf Study in Public Open Space report.

 

6.      Other changes made as a result of the exhibition period are noted in the table below.

 

Pages(s)

Key theme/ issue

Change/ addition

26-27

Innovative and new approaches to infrastructure provision

Reiterating research into infrastructure provision developed as part of Council’s CIS which inform priority areas and principles of the SSAP

34

Valuing our green spaces – social and financial return on investment

Calculated the value of the SSAP as requested by Western Sydney Local Health District

39

How we developed the draft SSAP

Updated to reflect timeline

40-41

Community engagement

New page highlighting trends found throughout the engagement period of the draft SSAP

50

Synthetic sporting fields

Change to focus area B to consider the role of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf, along with the outcome of the NSW Government Synthetic Turf Study in Public Open Space Report and subsequent guidelines.

 

Draft SSAP: Install strategically located synthetic sporting fields to increase capacity and take demand off turf sporting fields.

 

Final SSAP: Consider the role of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf surface technology to increase field carrying capacity.

51

Process undertaken for delivering actions within the plan

New page elaborating on what the business case process might look like for an action or project and that it includes community consultation as part of this process

53

A1 action for Barton Park

Changed to: Upgrade field to improve drainage and remove the reference to creating an additional field.

59-61

Consider the role of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf surface technology to increase field carrying capacity

Changes to section which reflect revised priority area B:

• Defining turf, hybrid and synthetic innovations

• Referencing NSW Government Synthetic Turf Study

• Updated language to reflect that Council will consider turf innovations in increasing the practical capacity of its sportsground network

68

Increase community access to sporting fields not owned by Council

Added: safety and security to framework as requested by School Infrastructure NSW

78

Review of SSAP

Addition of paragraph detailing how often document will be reviewed in response to achieving actions and new opportunities and constraints

 

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

7.      Overall, the opportunity to provide feedback for this project was presented to an estimated 119,179 persons, culminating in 2,568 engagements with the information and 62 formal contributions.

 

8.      Emails were sent inviting feedback to a list of stakeholders:

·    Sporting clubs and associations who are current hirers of sportsground facilities this covered approximately 104 contacts across 44 clubs/ associations.

·    Peak sporting organisations including, AFL NSW, Football NSW, Volleyball NSW, Baseball NSW, Cricket NSW, Little Athletics NSW, Touch Football NSW, Hockey NSW, Softball NSW, NSW Rugby League, and NSW Rugby Union.

·    Other stakeholders including, Department of Education, Western Sydney Parklands Trust, Office of Sport, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Western Sydney Academy of Sport, and Western Sydney Local Health District.

 

Submissions

 

9.      Thirteen submissions were received from residents, sporting organisations, interest groups and a government agency. The key themes raised related to the following:

a.   General support for the SSAP and its approach and recommendations;

b.   Concern with recommendations for Barton Park;

c.   Confirmation of the need for additional sportsground facilities that are required to meet the future population’s needs;

d.   Concerns about past or current inequitable resourcing and distribution of sportsground facilities;

e.   Consideration of a variety of sports and activities being available for the community to participate in and that there are different infrastructure requirements/ preferences for these;

f.    General support for best practice in the delivery of sportsground facilities including multi-purpose facilities, universal-design considerations, and private/ public partnerships;

g.   Comments that collaboration across sport, community and government is more important than ever in ensuring investment has a whole of life and whole of community benefit; and

h.   A mix of views from some stakeholders that support the delivery of synthetic facilities, to others who had concerns regarding synthetics to some extent, including those that raised concerns for the environmental and heat impacts.

 

Community survey

 

10.    Of the 45 responses received via the community survey, the key themes and issues raised were as follows:

a.   Sportsgrounds are highly valued by the community and need to be available for not only organised sport but informal sport and recreation;

b.   There is low current and future provision for sportsgrounds in high growth areas like Epping and Wentworth Point;

c.   Parking is important for residents and sporting groups in the development of sportsground facilities;

d.   The need to ensure that the delivery of sportsground facilities keeps pace with the level of residential development;

e.   That some sportsground facilities were underutilised, and in need of refurbishment, or both; and

f.    The view that sportsgrounds are not to be considered in isolation and that plans for other sport/ recreation and open space facilities is crucial.

 

11.    Parramatta Little Athletics Centre (PLAC), supported by Little Athletics NSW (LANSW), provided feedback regarding action A1 of the draft SSAP. The key concerns from the organisations were regarding the investigation into the addition of one full-size sporting field within the existing athletics track and the negative impacts that this would have on the use of Barton Park by PLAC and its functionality as an athletics venue.

 

12.    The SSAP commits to a review every 5-years and, therefore, the ‘investigate full-size field’ component can be revisited should changes in demand be identified through detailed strategic work, analysis and consultation.

 

13.    The following stakeholder contribution has led to changes in the revised SSAP:

 

Date

Stakeholder

Stakeholder Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

All submissions

As detailed in Paragraphs 7-11 of this report

Data on participation, responses and submissions

Report updated with details of engagement

Strategic Recreation Planner

Formal submissions

Various

Comments on value of strategic context

Further information added about innovative approaches to infrastructure provision identified in the Community Infrastructure Strategy

Strategic Recreation Planner

Formal submission

Western Sydney Local Health District

Apply the ROI from Valuing Our Green Spaces to the SSAP’s proposed investment

Calculation applied and added to the relevant section of the SSAP

Strategic Recreation Planner

Via Webinar/ Formal Submission and Stakeholder Meeting

Parramatta Little Athletics Centre (PLAC) supported by Little Athletics NSW (LANSW)

Strongly oppose the A1 action for Barton Park:

·    Prepare a concept plan to investigate one full-size sporting field retaining athletics functions

· Relocate throwing cages and extend gate for athletics’ straight along southern track

Remove the ‘investigate full-size field’ component from the action.

Revisit at 5-year review if demand requires it.

Strategic Recreation Planner

Formal submission

School Infrastructure NSW

Safety and security should be added as considerations in the utilisation of fields not owned by Council

SSAP updated to include suggestion.

Strategic Recreation Planner

Survey responses

Various

Clarity sought on review process

Details added on review process as actions are achieved or in response to constraints and opportunities

Strategic Recreation Planner

 

14.    The key areas stakeholders and the community would like further information and planning on (outside of the SSAP):

a.      Information and engagement on each project action listed within the plan when it commences, including details on the feasibility and business case process;

b.      Identification of additional sportsgrounds (and other facilities/ open space) in areas with low provision and high growth planned for example through acquisition and/or precinct planning with State Government;

c.       Further detailed planning for sport and recreation facilities and open spaces in conjunction with sportsground facilities for example indoor recreation facilities, walking tracks, parks and bushland; and

d.      Further detailed planning for the number and type of sport and recreation facilities required to meet future population needs, for example, the number of basketball courts and/ or the number of rugby league fields.

 

Councillor Consultation

 

15.    The following Councillor consultation has been undertaken in relation to this matter:

 

Date

Councillor

Councillor Comment

Council Officer Response

Responsibility

16/2/2022

Councillor workshop

Concern for priority area b ‘Install strategically located synthetic sporting fields to increase capacity and take demand of turf sporting fields’ following the NSW Government’s Synthetic Turf in Public Open Space Study Report

Change to priority area B to align with NSW Government Synthetic Turf Study in Public Open Space Report and subsequent guidelines

 ‘Consider the role of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf surface technology to increase field carrying capacity’

More detail also added on business case process.

Councillor Workshop to be held on the latest in natural, hybrid and synthetic turf surface technologies.

Strategic Recreation Planner

 

 

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

16.    There are no legal implications for Council associated with this report.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS FOR COUNCIL

 

17.    The SSAP provides guidance to Council to more efficiently link expenditure to identified community need in alignment with Council’s Vision and Priorities. The SSAP will be a tool for Council when negotiating funding for essential sportsground facility provision. Council’s Land Use Planning team will use the strategy as a guide for public benefit contributions and review of sportsground provision within planning proposals, master planning and precinct renewal programs. The majority of SSAP projects are linked to updated contribution plans that are designed to ensure that Council effectively plans for infrastructure to meet population growth.

 

18.    The SSAP works program contains sportsground infrastructure projects estimated to cost approximately $148 million over 20 years from 2021 to 2041. It should be noted that the SSAP is a guiding document to be implemented progressively over a 20-year period, as funding becomes available and developer contributions are collected. Funding sources have been identified of $107 million in capital costs, leaving $41 million to be funded through external grants, partnerships and future resourcing strategies. This is equivalent to $2.05 million per year over the period of the SSAP.

 

19.    It is noted that the SSAP will result in higher operational revenue and maintenance costs. These costs are estimated to be approximately $34 million in revenue over 20 years (approximately $1.7 million per year) and $28 million in maintenance expenditure (approximately $1.4 million per year).

 

20.    The total funding gap (including both capital and operational) is provided at Table 1.

 

Table 1: Funding Gap

Total infrastructure capital costs (20 years)

$148M

Identified funding sources (Council’s long term financial plan, Draft Contributions Plan, grants)

$107M

Infrastructure funding gap

$41M

-     Estimated revenue (from hire fees)

($34M)

+ Operational and maintenance costs

$28M

Infrastructure funding gap (all income and operational costs)

$35M

($1.75M/year)

 

21.    Council’s co-contribution could be reduced over time through the following mechanisms:

a.   Explore state and federal government grants, for example, between 2019-2021, Council received on average $2.7 million p/a in grants for capital works for sports facility projects;

b.   Voluntary planning agreements providing additional funds or works in-kind to deliver infrastructure. For example, delivery of new open space, as part of development within the LGA’s high growth precincts; and

c.   For projects that provide access to sportsgrounds not owned by Council, it is recommended that funding partnerships will need to be delivered once a Joint Partnership Agreement has been finalised and signed.

 

22.    The SSAP identifies priorities and timeframes for delivery of the infrastructure items in the works program. Council’s annual review of available funding can also assist in determining how it prioritises delivery of capital works, including those works identified in the SSAP. This will assist with the allocation of contributions income and other funding that becomes available during the life of the SSAP, against the needs of the new population.

 

23.    The SSAP will be reviewed every five years, to ensure that it reflects updated infrastructure demand analysis and costs, reviews funding received, considers Council’s capital works plan and identifies new opportunities and constraints.

 

24.    There are no immediate financial impacts arising from the approval of this report. Identified actions within the report will be included in the ordinary budget setting and approval process.

 

 

FY 21/22

FY 22/23

FY 23/24

FY 24/25

Revenue

 

 

 

 

Internal Revenue

 

 

 

 

External Revenue

 

 

 

 

Total Revenue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Result

 

 

 

 

External Costs

 

 

 

 

Internal Costs

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total Operating Result

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Funding Source

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

CAPEX

 

 

 

 

External

 

 

 

 

Internal

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

 

 

Total CAPEX

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

 

Megan Ryan

Strategic Recreation Planner

 

Gregory Radford

Recreation Facilities & Programs Manager

 

David Moutou

Group Manager Social and Community Services

 

Fariha Chowdhury

Acting Chief Financial Officer

 

Jon Greig

Executive Director Community Services

 

Brett Newman

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

Attachments:

1

Revised Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan

80 Pages

 

2

Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan Engagement Report

31 Pages

 

 

 

REFERENCE MATERIAL

 


Item 13.5 - Attachment 1

Revised Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan

 

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Item 13.5 - Attachment 2

Sportsground Strategy and Action Plan Engagement Report

 

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Council 14 March 2022                                                                                                     Item 13.6

FOR COUNCIL DECISION

ITEM NUMBER         13.6

SUBJECT                  Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths, Epping

REFERENCE            F2022/00105 - D08401181

REPORT OF              Senior Project Officer Transport Planning       

 

 

CSP THEME:             ACCESSIBLE

 

briefing date:     28 January 2022: Epping Ward Councillor Briefing

                                     9 March 2022

 

PURPOSE:

 

To seek Council’s endorsement of the next steps for the Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths in Epping.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

(a)     That Council note the feedback from the community consultation documented at Attachment 1.

 

(b)     That Council approve the reduced scope of works to support walking and cycling to the new Epping South Public School, as set out below and at Attachment 2 for submission to the Parramatta Traffic Committee for consideration:

1       Install a shared path with separate footpath on the northern verge of Dunlop Street between Hermington Street and Neil Street, and the eastern verge of First Avenue between Dunlop Street and Grimes Lane, Epping.

2       Install a shared path on the northern verge of Dunlop Street between Neil Street and Ryde Street, and western verge of Ryde Street between Wyralla Avenue and Dunlop Street.

3       Install raised pedestrian and cyclist crossings of Neil Street and Park Street at Dunlop Street, and Dunlop Street at First Avenue, Epping.

4       Install a kerb buildout on the western side of Ryde Street at Wyralla Avenue, Epping.

 

(c)     That subject to approval by the Parramatta Traffic Committee, an application be made to external grant bodies to fund construction of the project.

 

(d)     Further, that all submission authors and petitioners be advised of Council’s decision.

 

BACKGROUND

 

1.      On 27 September 2021 Council considered draft plans for the Dunlop Street and George Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths at Figure 1 and resolved:

 

(a)     That Council approve the attached draft Dunlop Street pedestrian and cyclist paths at Attachment 1 for the purposes of exhibition.

(b)     That Council approve the attached draft George Street East pedestrian and cyclist paths at Attachment 2, for the purposes of exhibition

(c)     That the draft plans be placed on exhibition for a minimum period of 28 days.

(d)     Further, that the outcomes of public exhibition of the plans be reported to Parramatta Traffic Committee, and in turn to Council.

 

Figure 1: Location of proposed Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths shown in dashed red.  Existing Epping to Carlingford on road route (in blue), School (shaded blue).

 

2.      In line with Council’s resolution, letters were sent to local residents and businesses on 7 October 2021 inviting submissions on the proposal within 28 days.  The consultation area is shown in Figure 2.  On 12 October 2021, the proposal was also advertised in the local newspaper in accordance with the Roads Act 1993 and on Council’s website. “Phone a planner” sessions and remote meetings were also offered.

 

Figure 2: Dunlop Street Paths distribution area within Epping Ward.

 

ISSUES/OPTIONS/CONSEQUENCES

 

3.      The new Epping South Primary School has been approved by the Department of Planning and Environment for 600 Kindergarten to Year 6 students and 38 staff for Stage 1, and up to 1,000 students and 54 staff by Stage 3.  If all students were dropped off with a private vehicle there would have significant adverse impacts to the surrounding road network and neighbourhood.  By providing direct, convenient and safe paths to the school gate, students will have a healthy and pleasant alternative for their trip to and from school.

 

4.      In addition, during earlier consultation in 2019 and 2020 on the broader Epping to Carlingford Cycling Link that was reported to Council 11 May 2020 it was identified that Dunlop Street and Ryde Street carried a higher number of vehicles compared to other on-road sections in the link.  There is a small portion of the community who are comfortable riding with vehicles no matter how busy the street. However, through international research it has been identified that two-thirds of the community are “interested but concerned” about cycling, and the key factor is safety. This is the reason off road pathways are pursued on Dunlop and Ryde Streets. A link to the 11 May 2020 Council Report is provided here: Council Report Agenda of Council – 11 May 2020 (nsw.gov.au) and Council Resolution Minutes of Council – 11 May 2020 (nsw.gov.au),

 

5.      The delivery of a new school elevates the need for this off-road infrastructure on these two streets to ensure that primary school students and their parents would feel safe and comfortable riding to and from school.

 

6.      During public exhibition, significant challenges managing large stormwater events were uncovered on Dunlop Street, east of Ryde Street.  Widening the existing footpath into a shared path would exacerbate these existing issues with adverse impacts for residents.  Due to these issues and in response to the community feedback (15 of the petitioners have frontage in the section of Dunlop Street between Midson Road and Ryde Street), it is recommended that the shared path east of Ryde Street and priority crossing over Ryde Street no longer proceed. Refer to Figure 3.

 

 

Figure 3: Extent of Dunlop Street Pedestrian and Cyclist Paths (as exhibited) –section highlighted in yellow will no longer proceed.

 

7.      Overall, the project is an opportunity to increase the accessibility and usage of a wider regional walking and cycling link, and support healthy, active access to a new primary school and contributing to reduced future traffic generation.

 

8.      Should Council endorse the project as recommended, it would be reported to the next available Parramatta Traffic Committee (PTC) for their consideration. Should PTC approve the project it will be submitted for external grant funding for construction.

 

CONSULTATION & TIMING

 

9.      A total of 19 individual responses were received from the community, all bar two were from within the Epping Ward. Five (5) supported the proposal, two (2) with qualified support, four (4) against and five (5) stating no preference. This feedback is provided in detail in Attachment 1 including Council Officer responses.  The social media campaign reached just under 20,000 with 521 clicking through to the website. The project attracted 18 likes, 1 love, and 9 comments.  At the 8 November 2021 Council meeting Councillors tabled a petition on the project from the public, and resolved:

 

(a)     That the petition be received and copy of the petition be circulated to all Councillors.

(b)     Further, that all Petitioners be notified of the outcome of the matter.

 

10.    A petition objecting to the proposal has been signed by 33 of the 62 households in Dunlop Street between Midson Road and Hermington Street.