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Councillor

(as addressed)

 

 

 

The next Council Meeting will be held in the Council Chambers, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood, on Monday 15 December 2014, commencing at 7:30pm and your presence is requested.

 

 

Yours faithfully

 

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Steve Kozlowski

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

 

 

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Postal

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Telephone

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Croydon: Civic Square

Ringwood: 1 Civic Place, Ringwood

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ORDER OF BUSINESS

1.       Prayer

2.       Acknowledgment of Country

3.       Apologies  

4.       Declaration of Interests

5.       Confirmation of Minutes of the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Monday 24 November 2014

6.       Public Questions

7.       Officers’ Reports

Director Corporate Services

1.       Attendance Reports                                                                                                  6

2.       Reports of Assembly of Councillors                                                                         8

3.       Councillor Representation Reports                                                                         13

4.       Councillors Professional Development Report - July to November 2014             27

5.       Financial Report: Four Months Ending 31 October 2014                                       29

6.       Clement Crescent, Croydon                                                                                   61

7.       Discontinued Right of Way Abutting 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon                           67

Director City Development

1.       Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018                                                          71

Director Community & Leisure Services

1.       Community Facilities Lease Agreement for the U3A Croydon Inc.                     108

2.       Inclusive Maroondah Initiatives                                                                             111

Director Operations & Infrastructure

1.       Petition - Pleasant Drive, Heathmont
Request for Parking Restrictions                                                                          116  

8.       Documents for Sealing  

9.       Motions to Review  

10.     Late Item

11.     Requests / Leave of Absence


12.     In Camera

Director Corporate Services

1.       Tender Evaluation Report - Contract 20700 Hard Waste Collection Services  

 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Attendance Reports

Item 1

 

Purpose

To provide an opportunity for Councillors to report on Council activities undertaken since the last Ordinary Meeting of Council and forthcoming ward activities.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose in this report:

 

Outcome Area:  A well governed and empowered community

 

Our Vision:  Maroondah is an effectively empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that ensure their voice is heard and considered.  Council provides strong and responsive leadership, ensures transparent processes and works with the community to advocate and champion their needs

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable

Background

Not Applicable

Issue / discussion

It is intended that the Mayor and Councillors be given the opportunity to present a verbal or written report updating Council on the activities they have undertaken in their role as Councillors and forthcoming ward activities.

Financial / economic issues

Not Applicable

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Not Applicable

Conclusion

It is appropriate that Councillors formally report to Council upon the activities they have undertaken in their role as Councillors.

 

 

Attachments

Not Applicable

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT COUNCIL RECEIVES AND NOTES THE REPORTS AS PRESENTED BY COUNCILLORS

 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Reports of Assembly of Councillors

Item 2

 

Purpose

To present the ‘Public Record’ of those Assembly of Councillors briefings which are attended by all Councillors and generally held on Monday evenings at the City Offices Ringwood, usually two weeks prior to the formal Council Meeting, and to note the issues discussed.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose in this report:

 

Outcome Area:  A well governed and empowered community

 

Our Vision:  Maroondah is an effectively empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that ensure their voice is heard and considered.  Council provides strong and responsive leadership, ensures transparent processes and works with the community to advocate and champion their needs

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable

Background

An Assembly of Councillors, as defined under the Local Government Act 1989 [s.3], is a planned or scheduled meeting, comprising at least five (5) Councillors and one (1) member of Council staff, that considers matters that are intended or likely to be:

 

·        the subject of a decision of the Council; or

·        subject to the exercise of a delegated function, duty or power of Council

Examples of an Assembly of Councillors may include:

 

·        Councillor Briefings (which are attended by all Councillors and generally held on Monday evenings),

·        On-site inspections,

·        Consultative Meetings with residents, developers, consultants,

·        Panel Hearings conducted under s223 of the Act,

·        Meetings with local organisations, Government Departments, statutory authorities, and local politicians

Issue / discussion

As part of decision making processes at Maroondah, it is essential that Councillors are briefed on a range of issues which come before Council for consideration.  As a means of providing this information, Assembly of Councillors briefings are conducted.

 

Assemblies are also attended by Council Officers, and sometimes other specific advisors, to provide Councillors with a detailed knowledge and understanding of issues under consideration to a level of detail that would inhibit timely decision-making, that would not be possible in an open Council meeting, where decision-making related debate is governed by strict meeting procedures.

 

The intent of this report is to present the ‘Public Record’ of those Assembly of Councillors briefings which are attended by all Councillors and generally held on Monday evenings, and to note the items discussed.  This information is already available to the public upon request in accordance with the Local Government Act [s.80A].

 

This report and attachments formally table the information items previously covered by Councillors.

 

The ‘Public Record’ of the Assembly of Councillors briefings held on 24 November, 1 December and 8 December 2014 are attached for information.

 

The items contained therein were noted.

Financial / economic issues

Not Applicable

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Not Applicable

Conclusion

Assembly of Councillors briefings are important forums for advice and discussion, on what are often complex issues facing the municipality, in the lead up to formal decisions being made by Councillors at Council Meetings.  At Assemblies, or outside them, Councillors also have the opportunity of requesting additional information to assist in the decision making process.

 

It is appropriate that the ‘Public Record’ of those Assembly of Councillors briefings which are attended by all Councillors and generally held on Monday evenings at the City Offices Ringwood, usually two weeks prior to the formal Council Meeting, be noted at a formal meeting of Council.

 

 

Attachments

1.

2014 November 24 - Assembly of Councillors Meeting - Public Record

2.

2014 December 1 - Assembly of Councillors Meeting - Public Record

3.

2014 December 8 - Assembly of Councillors - Public Record

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT COUNCIL RECEIVES AND NOTES THE PUBLIC RECORD OF THE ASSEMBLY OF COUNCILLORS BRIEFINGS HELD 24 november, 1 december AND 8 DECEMBER 2014

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - 2014 November 24 - Assembly of Councillors Meeting - Public Record

 

Item  2

 

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ASSEMBLY OF COUNCILLORS – PUBLIC RECORD

 

Assembly Details:

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Monday 24 November 2014

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Meeting Room 4, Braeside Avenue

Ringwood

 

 

 

Attendees:

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors

 

 

Cr Tony Dib, JP

Cr Nora Lamont

Cr Les Willmott, JP

Cr Christina Gleeson

Cr Samantha Marks

Cr Liam Fitzgerald

Cr Natalie Thomas

Cr Mary-Anne Lowe

Cr Rob Steane

 

 

 

 

 

 

Council Officers:

 

 

Steve Kozlowski

Chief Executive Officer

Marianne Di Giallonardo

Director Corporate Services

Grant Meyer

Acting Director City Development

Wendy King

Director Community & Leisure Services

Trevor Welsh

Director Operations & Infrastructure

Stephen Onans

Team Leader Governance

 

 

Others:

Nil

 

 

 

 

Apologies:

 

 

Councillors:

Nil

Council Officers:

Nil

 

 

 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

 

Councillors:

Nil

 

Council Officers:

Nil

 

Matters Discussed:

## Confidential Item

 

 

 

 

1

Council Meeting Agenda

2

Housing Strategy

3

Aquanation Construction Update

4

Items of a General Nature as Raised by Councillors

 

Record completed by:

Council Officer

Stephen Onans

Title

Team Leader Governance

 


ATTACHMENT No: 2 - 2014 December 1 - Assembly of Councillors Meeting - Public Record

 

Item  2

 

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ASSEMBLY OF COUNCILLORS – PUBLIC RECORD

 

Assembly Details:

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Monday 1 December 2014

Time: 6.00 pm

Location: Meeting Room 4, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood

 

 

 

Attendees:

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors

 

 

Cr Tony Dib, JP

Cr Samantha Marks

Cr Les Willmott, JP

Cr Christina Gleeson

Cr Mary-Anne Lowe

Cr Rob Steane

 

 

 

Council Officers:

 

 

Steve Kozlowski

Chief Executive Officer

Marianne Di Giallonardo

Director Corporate Services

Grant Meyer

Acting Director City Development

Wendy King

Director Community & Leisure Services

Trevor Welsh

Director Operations & Infrastructure

Andrew Taylor

Manager Engineering & Building Services          Items 1 & 2

Elaine Matthews

Team Leader Waste & Special Projects                    Item 3

Dale Muir

Manager Revenue, Property & Customer Service   Item 4

Stephen Onans

Team Leader Governance

 

 

Others:

Nil

 

 

 

 

Apologies:

 

 

Councillors:

Crs Natalie Thomas, Nora Lamont, Liam Fitzgerald

Council Officers:

Phil Turner, Director City Development

 

 

 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

 

Councillors:

Nil

 

Council Officers:

Nil

 

 

 

 

 

Matters Discussed:

## Confidential Item

 

 

 

 

1

Footpath Construction Policy

2

Pleasant Drive Heathmont Parking Petition

3 ##

Hard Waste Tender Contract No 20700

4 ##

Property Matters

5

Items of a General Nature as Raised by Councillors

 

Record completed by:

Council Officer

Stephen Onans

Title

Team Leader Governance

 


ATTACHMENT No: 3 - 2014 December 8 - Assembly of Councillors - Public Record

 

Item  2

 

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ASSEMBLY OF COUNCILLORS – PUBLIC RECORD

 

Assembly Details:

 

 

 

 

 

Date: Monday 8 December 2014

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Meeting Room 4, Braeside Avenue, Ringwood

 

 

 

Attendees:

 

 

 

 

 

Councillors

 

 

Cr Tony Dib, JP

Cr Nora Lamont

Cr Les Willmott, JP

Cr Christina Gleeson

(entered at 6:10pm)

 

Cr Liam Fitzgerald

 

 

 

Council Officers:

 

 

Steve Kozlowski

Chief Executive Officer

Marianne Di Giallonardo

Director Corporate Services

Phil Turner

Director City Development

Wendy King

Director Community & Leisure Services

Trevor Welsh

Director Operations & Infrastructure

Alan Ellis

Manager Finance & Governance

Elaine Matthews

Team Leader Waste & Special Projects

Brenda Biggs

Management Accounting Co-ordinator

Others:

Nil

 

 

 

 

Apologies:

 

 

Councillors:

Crs Mary-Anne Lowe, Natalie Thomas, Rob Steane, Samantha Marks

Council Officers:

Nil

 

 

 

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

 

Councillors:

Nil

 

Council Officers:

Nil

 

 

Matters Discussed:

## Confidential Item

 

1

Current Long Term Financial Strategy Explained

2

Proposed Long Term Financial Strategy Explained

3

Long Term Financial Strategy Principles and Major Assumptions

4

Explanation of Key Changes Proposed - Operating vs Capital Budgetting

5

Next Steps

6

Items of a General Nature as Raised by Councillors

 

Record completed by:

Council Officer

Marianne Di Giallonardo

Title

Director Corporate Services

 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Councillor Representation Reports

Item 3

 

Purpose

To receive and note the following meeting minutes and to provide an opportunity for Council’s representative to provide a further verbal report.

·        Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee held 17 November 2014

·        Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee held 20 November 2014

·        Metropolitan Local Government Waste Forum Minutes held 4 December 2014

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose in this report:

 

Outcome Area:  A well governed and empowered community

 

Our Vision:  Maroondah is an effectively empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that ensure their voice is heard and considered.  Council provides strong and responsive leadership, ensures transparent processes and works with the community to advocate and champion their needs

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable.

Background

As part of Council's commitment to the principles and practice of good governance, it is appropriate that Councillors and the Community are formally updated on the actions and activities of the various organisations bodies/advisory groups upon which it is represented.

Issue / discussion

Council is represented on numerous Boards and Organisations. Appointments are made annually by Council at the commencement of the new Mayoral term. At the time these two meetings were held, Council’s representatives were as follows:

 

·        Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee – Crs Lamont and Marks with
Cr Fitzgerald as substitute representative.

·        Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee – Crs Fitzgerald and Lamont with Cr Thomas as substitute representative.

Cr Willmott is Council’s representative on the Metropolitan Local Governments’ Waste Forum with Cr Dib as substitute representative (appointed 24 November 2014.)

Financial / economic issues

Not Applicable

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Not Applicable

Conclusion

It is appropriate that Councillors and the Community are formally updated on the actions and activities of the various organisations bodies/advisory groups upon which Council is represented.

 

 

Attachments

1.

Minutes - Maroondah Partners in Community Wellbeing Committee Monday 17 November 2014

2.

Minutes - Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee (MDAC) 20 November 2014

3.

Minutes - Metropolitan Local Governments' Waste Forum 4 December 2014

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT COUNCIL RECEIVES AND NOTES THE MINUTES OF THE

1.       MAROONDAH PARTNERS IN COMMUNITY WELLBEING COMMITTEE HELD 17 NOVEMBER 2014

2.       MAROONDAH DISABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD 20 NOVEMBER 2014

3.       metropolitan local governments’ waste forum held on 4 december 2014

 


ATTACHMENT No: 2 - Minutes - Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee (MDAC) 20 November 2014

 

Item  3

 


 


 


ATTACHMENT No: 3 - Minutes - Metropolitan Local Governments' Waste Forum 4 December 2014

 

Item  3

 


 


 


 


 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Councillors Professional Development Report - July to November 2014

Item 4

 

Purpose

To provide a report to the community on professional development undertaken by Councillors.

 

STRATEGIC / POLICY ISSUES

The following directions contained in the Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose in this report:

Outcome area: A well governed and empowered community.

Vision Statement:   In 2040, Maroondah will be an empowered community that is actively engaged in council decision making through processes that consider the needs and aspirations of all ages and population groups.  Council will provide strong and responsive leadership, ensuring transparency, while working with the community to advocate for and 'champion' local needs.

Key Directions 2013-2017:

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable.

Background

The Councillor Expenses/ Entitlements Policy, as amended, was adopted by Council on 27 June 2011. In accord with clause 5.4.3 of the amended policy, a report to Council is provided covering all professional development undertaken by Councillors within that period. This report covers the July – November period of the 2014/2015 Financial Year.

Issue / discussion

This is a standard Governance reporting item.

Financial / economic issues

A budget of $72,000 in the 2014/2015 Financial Year exists for the professional development of Councillors. 

The following table outlines both individual Councillor expenditure for the period and the YTD figure as at 30 November 2015.

 


Councillor

July to Nov 2014

YTD 30/11/14

Tony Dib

--

--

Liam Fitzgerald

--

--

Christina Gleeson

$ 495.00

$ 495.00

Nora Lamont

$2,475.00

$2,475.00

Mary-Anne Lowe

$ 275.00

$ 275.00

Samantha Marks

$3,000.00

$3,000.00

Rob Steane

--

--

Natalie Thomas

--

--

Les Willmott

  $3,528.63

$3,528.63

TOTAL

$9,773.63

$9,773.63

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Not Applicable

Conclusion

Not Applicable

 

 

Attachments

Not Applicable

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That COUNCIL NOTES THE COUNCILLORS’ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT REPORT FOR JULY 2014 – NOVEMBER 2014

 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Financial Report: Four Months Ending 31 October 2014

Item 5

 

Purpose

To present the financial statements for the four months ending 31 October 2014.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in the Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.

Outcome Area: A well governed and empowered community.

 

Vision Statement: In 2040, Maroondah will be an empowered community that is actively engaged in council decision making through processes that consider the needs and aspirations of all ages and population groups. Council will provide strong and responsive leadership, ensuring transparency, while working with the community to advocate for and ‘champion’ local needs.

 

Key Directions 2013-2017:

 

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable.

Background

In accordance with Sections 136, 137 and 138 of the Local Government Act 1989, Council is required each quarter to consider the financial performance of the municipality against budget for the year to date (YTD). Whilst a comprehensive suite of reports is provided to the Audit & Risk Advisory Committee and Council each quarter it is considered financially prudent to provide a brief monthly report to Council in order to track performance to budget between the quarterly reports.

 

This requirement is not a substitute for the more frequent range of detailed financial reports that continue to be provided to Council management.

 

The attached financial statements contain an Income Statement (Operating Statement) and Statement of Capital Works. The Income Statement is presented per accounting standards by nature.

 

The statements have been prepared on the basis of accrual accounting (i.e. including significant accruals) and non-consolidation (i.e. excludes the results of the Eastern Regional Library Corporation and Section 86 Committees of Management).

 

The statements provide comparisons between actual results and the YTD forecast budget.


Issue / discussion

The following is a summary of the financial position for the four months ending 31 October 2014. A more detailed report is attached.

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

 

Forecast

YTD

YTD

YTD

Adopted

 

Budget

Budget

Actual

 Var

Budget

 

$’000

$’000

$’000

$’000

$’000

Operating

Revenue

107,539

84,415

85,266

851

107,218

Expenditure

(107,088)

(34,889)

(33,574)

1,315

(106,092)

Net surplus (deficit) from ordinary activities

451

49,526

51,692

2,166

1,126

Net gain (loss) on disposal of property

(93)

(31)

76

107

(93)

Capital

Grants & contributions

8,957

3,332

3,366

34

4,960

Net surplus (deficit)

9,315

52,827

55,134

2,307

5,993

 

For the four months ended 31 October 2014 Council has recorded an operating surplus before capital revenue of $51.7 million, which is $2.1 million ahead of the year to date forecast budget (This equates to a 2.0% variance on total budgeted turnover). The major contributing favourable variance is public open space contributions of $604k. These contributions are a restricted asset and the expenditure of this money is tied to public open space improvements. Contributions for open space have substantially exceeded expectations in number and value and as such the forecast expected at 30 June 2015 will now been revised to an annual forecast of $2.4 million which is $1.1 million above the Adopted Budget. (See also notes to Income Statement on page 17 and Appendix B.)

 

The variances relate to timing differences and the forecast expected at 30 June 2015 is anticipated to be close to the adopted budgeted net surplus from ordinary activities. There is no element of the operating budget that causes concern.

 

The movement between the net surplus Adopted Budget of $5.9m and the Forecast of $9.3m mainly relates to the following (Refer to detailed reconciliation in Appendix A page 22):

·        Carried forward grants net $824k

·        New and revised grant funding net  ($41k)

·        Carried forward capital income $1,400k

·        New capital grant funding $2,599k

·        Additional Waste supplementary rates $60k

 

CAPITAL PERFORMANCE

 

Forecast

YTD

YTD

YTD

Adopted

Budget ##

 Budget

Actual #

 Var

Budget

$’000

$’000

$’000

$’000

$’000

Total capital works

54,747

16,787

16,543

244

41,211

#YTD Actual expenditure includes Carried Forwards     ##Forecast Budget expenditure includes Carried Forwards

 

The Forecast Budget includes carried forward works from 2013/14 of $8.8m, funding for new projects including:

·        State government funding from the Department of Transport, Planning & Local Infrastructure for the signalisation of Bedford Road and Great Ryrie Street of $1.0 million;

·        Federal government funding from the Attorney-General’s Department for the installation of CCTV cameras in the Ringwood Metropolitan Activity Centre and East Ringwood of $400k;

and future years projects brought into current year including the redevelopment of the Norwood Family & Children’s Centre of $1.1 million.

 

For the four months ended 31 October 2014 Council has expended $16.5 million on the capital works program, which is $0.2 million above the year to date forecast budget.  All variances at this early period are of a timing nature. Projects currently below year to date forecast budget are:

·        Construction of Aquanation of $223k;

·        Ringwood Lake information board of $55k; and

·        Information Technology of $145k.

Other projects that are currently ahead of program schedule are:

·        Drainage works at Croydon Civic of $123k;

·        Intersection works at Dublin and Bedford Roads Ringwood of $73k;

·        Footpath reconstruction at Seymour Street Ringwood of $133k;

·        Local area traffic management of $149k; and

·        Footpath replacement works requiring urgent attention of $108k.


FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

2014-15

2013-14

2013-14

 

Adopted

October YTD

October YTD

 June YTD

 

Budget

Actual

Actual

Actual

 

$’000

$’000

$’000

$’000

Cash and investments

29,297

11,925

31,211

32,332

 

The Financial Position as 31 October 2014 shows a cash and investment balance of $11.9 million which is $19.3 million lower than 31 October 2013. This reflects Council using its cash to fund the capital expenditure for Aquanation. Council has now commenced the tender process for loan borrowings. These figures are in line with the 2014-2015 Long Term Financial Strategy predictions.

Financial / economic issues

As presented in this report and accompanying financial statements.

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Not Applicable

Conclusion

The YTD results are favourable for this time in the financial year and provide a firm base for the achievement of Council’s 2014-2015 services and advocacy programs.

 

 

Attachments

1.

Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT COUNCIL RECEIVES AND NOTES THE REPORT ON THE FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE AGAINST BUDGET FOR THE FOUR  MONTHS ENDING 31 OCTOBER 2014

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

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ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

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ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

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ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

Item  5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

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ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Financial Report 4 months 31 October 2014

 

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DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Clement Crescent, Croydon

Item 6

 

Purpose

To authorise commencement of the statutory processes to enable declaration of Clement Crescent, Croydon to be a public highway.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.

Outcome Area:  A well governed and empowered community.

Our Vision:  Maroondah is an effectively empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that ensure their voice is heard and considered. Council provides strong and responsive leadership, ensures transparent processes and works with the community to advocate and champion their needs.

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

8.1     Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable.

Background

Council proposes installing a waste vehicle turning facility at the end of the constructed section of Clement Crescent, Croydon and a conceptual plan has been developed by consultants for Council’s consideration.

Issue / discussion

The section of road required for the turning facility comprises approximately 80 square metres and is located at the rear of the property at 11/102-108 Croydon Road, Croydon.

 

The land is described as Road R1 on Plan of Subdivision LP97413 (“Road”). Council has been unable to establish the reason for its creation.

 

Since November 1972 proprietorship has been registered to Mr P Dawkins and Mrs G Dawkins, developers of the abutting 22 unit subdivision at 102-108 Croydon Road, Croydon. 

 

Presently, it is enclosed by paling fence with 11/102-108 Croydon Road.

 

The remainder of Clement Crescent is described as Road R1 on Plan of Subdivision LP16982. 

 

Council’s records show that the house at 11/102-108 Croydon Road was constructed in 1975 and while there have been several changes of ownership since then, any possessory rights to the Road could have been passed through the succession of owners.  Council is not privy to this information and has no way of establishing the current situation in this regard.

 

Following public consultation in accordance with Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989, Council may resolve to declare the Road a public highway.

Pursuant to Section 59 (2) of the Transfer of Land Act 1958, Council can then apply to have a certificate of title to the Road issued in Council’s name.  Construction of the turning facility could commence as soon as possible after the title had been issued.

Financial / economic issues

Council’s current Budget allows for this declaration.

Environmental / amenity issues

The declaration accords with Council policy.

Social / community issues

The declaration accords with Council policy.

Community consultation

Council is required by statute to publish a notice in ‘The Age’ newspaper of any proposal to declare a road to be a public highway and receive submissions under Section 223 of the Local Government Act 1989.

Conclusion

Council should declare the road known as Clement Crescent, Croydon that is contained in plans of subdivision LP16982 and LP97413 to be a public highway.

 

 

Attachments

1.

Locality Plan

2.

Site Plan - Road in LP16982 Shaded Green. Road in LP97413 Shaded Blue (Site of the Proposed Turning Facilty)

3.

Street View of the Enclosed Land

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

THAT COUNCIL, ACTING UNDER SECTION 204 (1) OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1989 (‘THE ACT’), RESOLVES THAT:

 

1.       THE STATUTORY PROCEDURES BE COMMENCED TO DECLARE THE ROAD THAT IS CONTAINED IN PLANS OF SUBDIVISION LP16982 AND LP97413 (depicted IN ATTACHMENTS 1 AND 2) AND KNOWN AS CLEMENT CRESCENT, CROYDON, TO BE A PUBLIC HIGHWAY

2.       UNDER SECTIONS 207A AND 223 OF THE ACT PUBLIC NOTICE OF THE DECLARATION BE GIVEN IN ‘THE AGE’ NEWSPAPER; SUCH NOTICE TO STATE THAT IF THE ROAD IS DECLARED TO BE A PUBLIC HIGHWAY COUNCIL PROPOSES TO TRANSFER THE LAND TO ITSELF

 

3.       IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 223 OF THE ACT:

 

i.        A COMMITTEE COMPRISING CRS FITZGERALD, STEANE AND WILLMOTT BE APPOINTED TO HEAR ANY PERSON WISHING TO BE HEARD IN SUPPORT OF THEIR SUBMISSION, ON A DATE TO BE DETERMINED

 

ii.       COUNCIL  CONSIDERS ALL WRITTEN SUBMISSIONS, INCLUDING A WRITTEN REPORT ON THE PROCEEDINGS OF ANY COMMITTEE HEARING CONDUCTED, FOLLOWING WHICH IT SHALL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT TO DECLARE THE ROAD TO BE A PUBLIC HIGHWAY AND TRANSFER THE LAND TO ITSELF

 

4.       THE DIRECTOR CORPORATE SERVICES BE AUTHORISED TO UNDERTAKE THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES NECESSARY TO ENABLE COUNCIL TO CARRY OUT ITS FUNCTIONS UNDER SECTION 223 OF THE act IN RELATION TO THIS MATTER

 

5.       IN THE ABSENCE OF ANY SUBMISSIONS:

 

i.        A NOTICE OF THE DECLARATION OF THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE VICTORIA GOVERNMENT GAZETTE AND COUNCIL WILL THEN TRANSFER THE LAND TO ITSELF

 

ii.       ALL DOCUMENTATION IN RELATION TO THE DECLARATION OF THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY BE SIGNED AND SEALED

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Locality Plan

 

Item  6

 

 

 

 


ATTACHMENT No: 2 - Site Plan - Road in LP16982 Shaded Green. Road in LP97413 Shaded Blue (Site of the Proposed Turning Facilty)

 

Item  6

 

 

 

 


ATTACHMENT No: 3 - Street View of the Enclosed Land

 

Item  6

 


DIRECTOR Corporate Services Marianne Di Giallonardo

 

Discontinued Right of Way Abutting 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon

Item 7

 

Purpose

To commence the statutory processes to sell to the owners of 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon the 278.5 square metre section of discontinued right of way (DROW) abutting the northern boundary of their land.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.

Outcome Area:  A well governed and empowered community.

Our Vision: Maroondah is an effectively empowered community that is actively engaged in Council decision making through processes that ensure their voice is heard and considered. Council provides strong and responsive leadership, ensures transparent processes and works with the community to advocate and champion their needs.

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

8.1 Provide enhanced governance that is transparent, accessible, inclusive and accountable.

Background

At its In Camera Meeting on 15 July 2013, Council resolved to discontinue the right of way (ROW) running from Cass Avenue to Morgan Avenue and obtain proprietorship to the land in Council’s name.

 

Notice of the ROW’s discontinuance was published in the Government Gazette on 10 October 2013 and certificate of title Volume 11463 Folio 418 in Council’s name was issued on 26 November 2013.

 

It contains a 300 mm sewer, a gas main, and a 300 mm diameter Council drainage pipe.

 

ISSUE / DISCUSSION

 

Shortly before Council’s resolution, the then owner of the properties at 15-17 Cass Avenue, in contravention of their planning permit, completely cleared both properties of all vegetation in late April 2013.

 

In May 2013, the same owners requested Council sell them the section of ROW abutting 17 Cass Avenue.

 

Aware of the local community’s anger over the clearance of the Cass Avenue properties, Council intentionally omitted from the resolution its usual requirement regarding offering the land for sale to abutting owners.

 

On 27 January 2014, 15 Cass Avenue was sold and now is in new proprietorship.

 

Similarly, on 28 April 2014 17 Cass Avenue was sold.  Through their town planner the new owners of 17 Cass Avenue have requested Council sell them the section of DROW abutting their land.

 

The sale of the 278.5 square metres of DROW will be based on current market value and, if a sale results, the purchasers would be required to pay Council’s costs of around $11,000.

 

As well, Council would require consolidation of the title to the section of DROW with the purchaser’s main title. The resulting lot would measure 1114.8 square metres which according to Council’s Statutory Planning Department is insufficient to allow for a further land subdivision as the minimum size for any new lot is 864 square metres.

Financial / economic issues

The costs to subdivide and sell the DROW would be funded by the purchaser.

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Not Applicable

Community consultation

Pursuant to Section 189 of the Local Government Act 1989 (“The Act”), Council is required to publish a notice in “The Age” newspaper of any proposal to sell Council land and receive submissions under section 223 of The Act.

Conclusion

That Council agrees to sell the land to the owners of 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon.

 

 

Attachments

1.

Site Plan/Aerial Photo of the Discontinued Right of Way abutting 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable


 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That COUNCIL

1.       gives public notice pursuant to section 189 of the local government act, 1989 (‘THE ACT’) of its intention to sell 278.5 square metres of the DISCONTINUED RIGHT OF WAY by private treaty at current market value to the owners of 17 CASS AVENUE, CROYDON

2.       in accordance with section 223 of the aCT appoints a committee comprising crs FITZGERALD, STEANE and WILLMOTT to hear any person wishing to be heard in support of their submission, on a date to be determined

3.       authorises the director corporate services be authorised to undertake the administrative procedures necessary to enable council to carry out its functions under section 223 of the aCT in relation to this matter

4.       considers all written submissions, including a written report on the proceedings of any committee hearing conducted, following which it will determine whether or not to sell the land

5.       in the absence of any submissions objecting to the sale of the land RESOLVES TO:

i.          sell the land in accordance with the published noticE

ii.         sign and seal all documentation in relation to the sale of the lanD

iii.        prepare A PLAN OF SUBDIVISION PURSUANT TO THE SUBDIVISION ACT 1988 TO SUBDIVIDE THE DISCONTINUED RIGHT OF WAY RUNNING FROM CASS AVENUE TO MORGAN AVENUE, CROYDON INTO TWO LOTS, each comprising 278.5 square metres

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Site Plan/Aerial Photo of the Discontinued Right of Way abutting 17 Cass Avenue, Croydon

 

Item  7

 

 

 

 

 


DIRECTOR City Development Phil Turner

 

Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018

Item 1

 

Purpose

The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s endorsement of the Maroondah Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.

Outcome Area:  An inclusive and diverse community

Our Vision:  In 2040 Maroondah will be an inclusive community where social connections are strong across generations and diversity is embraced and celebrated

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

7.1     Ensure accessibility and social inclusion principles are considered in the planning, delivery and evaluation of facilities and services

 

7.2     Encourage programs and initiatives that raise the awareness of accessibility issues and deliver improved access to facilities and services for all ages and abilities

 

7.4     Support community members to age in place, live in accessible neighbourhoods and remain socially connected

 

7.14   Establish a built environment that is child, youth and age friendly through strengthening the inclusiveness and accessibility of our local neighbourhoods and activity centres

Background

The Maroondah Disability Policy and Action Plan was developed in line with the Victorian Local Government Strategic framework, the requirements of section 38 of the Victorian Disability Act 2006, the policy and outcome areas of the National Disability Strategy and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

 

The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 makes it a legal requirement for local government to provide equal access to employment, public buildings, goods, services and facilities.  The Disability Policy and Plan 2014-2018 incorporates actions across all areas of Council to create a more inclusive community for people with a disability and their families and to help meet legal obligations to remove barriers to discrimination. 

 

The Disability Act Victoria 2006 outlines general provisions, including planning for individual access to services, and provides the framework for a whole of government and whole community approach to building inclusion for people with disabilities.

 

A review of the 2008-2012 Disability Policy and Action Plan was undertaken in preparation of this Plan.

Issue / discussion

The Maroondah Disability & Action Plan 2014-2018 was developed following extensive consultation with community members and internal and external stakeholders. 

 

Council’s priorities are in line with key federal and state disability priorities.  These demonstrate the need to continue to break down attitudinal barriers within the community, improve employment and training opportunities, support carers and continue to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. 

 

The four focus areas in the Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018 are:

 

 

Disability Policy & Action Plan

Key Directions

·        Increase employment, opportunities for people with disabilities in Maroondah.

·        Increase participation of people with a disability in recreation, leisure, sport, arts and cultural activities.

·        Support environments and community facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities.

·        Identify health needs of people with a disability.

·        Promote and support advocacy to improve access and inclusion for people with a disability.

·        Increase community awareness and understanding of disability issues to encourage a more accessible and inclusive society.

Financial / economic issues

Upon the Plan being formally adopted by Council, the Actions within the Plan will be delivered within existing resources.


Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Over 30,000 people live with some form of disability within the City of Maroondah.  This is an estimated 29% of the population.  Furthermore there are an estimated 5,300 people (4.8%) who live with profound or severe disabilities (ABS 2009).

 

In Maroondah there are 9,635 carers providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness, or old age (ABS 2009).  That is about 9% of the population.  Of these carers, about 280 are aged between 15-19 years, approximately half of whom still attend school.  An estimated 1,870 carers are aged over 65 years (ABS 2011). 14% of people in Maroondah seek professional help for a mental health issue.

 

People with disabilities are vulnerable to poverty and isolation.  Around 45% of those with a disability in Australia are living either near or below the poverty line (ABS 2011).

 

People with disabilities are more likely to be unemployed than people without a disability. The survey conducted as part of the community consultation for this Policy and Action Plan showed that 68% of people with a disability find it very difficult or cannot access employment.

 

Furthermore, people with a disability encounter a range of barriers to accessing services and information. Provision of information could be more streamlined with a central hub of information being available.

Community consultation

Consulting with the community was a key component in the development of the Disability Policy and Action Plan.

 

The consultation involved a range of engagement processes including:

·        Maroondah Festival display and survey;

·        Disability Service provider workshop;

·        Council Officer workshop;

·        Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee;

·        Eastland and Croydon Main St consultation;

·        Community Survey was posted online; distributed through networks and available in hard copy at Council Service Centres and Community Houses.

In total there were 290 participants in the consultations, with 135 people providing face-to-face feedback at committee meetings, community engagement activities and the two stakeholder workshops, and 155 people responding to the survey.

 

The draft Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018 was placed on public exhibition for a four week period from 21 October to 18 November with no submissions received.

 

An advertisement was placed in the Maroondah Leader on Tuesday 21 October to advertise the draft Plan. The public exhibition period was also promoted on Council’s website. Hard copies of the Plan were available at Council Service Centres.  The public exhibition period was also promoted through community networks.

Conclusion

Maroondah City Council has demonstrated a strong commitment to improving the lives of people with a disability in Maroondah. In particular, the Maroondah Disability Advisory Committee has played a key role in highlighting the needs of those affected, achieving results on the ground and informing the directions of the Policy and Action Plan.

 

The Disability Policy and Action Plan 2014-2018 builds on Council’s previous efforts and takes a multilayered approach to addressing the disadvantages that people with a disability, their families and carers experience in their day to day lives.  This will assist in reducing barriers and striving towards a community that is inclusive of people with a disability.

 

Council thanks the hundreds of participants who took the time to provide feedback that has informed the preparation of this Plan.

 

 

Attachments

1.

Draft Disability Policy & Action Plan

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That COUNCIL ENDORSES THE DISABILITY POLICY AND ACTION PLAN 2014-2018

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Draft Disability Policy & Action Plan

 

Item  1

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Draft Disability Policy & Action Plan

 

Item  1

 


ATTACHMENT No: 1 - Draft Disability Policy & Action Plan

 

Item  1

 

 


DIRECTOR Community & Leisure Services Wendy King

 

Community Facilities Lease Agreement for the U3A Croydon Inc.

Item 1

 

Purpose

To seek Council approval of a Lease Agreement between Maroondah City Council and U3A Croydon Inc. The report also seeks to authorise the signing and sealing of the relevant documentation.

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in the Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose in this report:

 

Outcome Area: Safe, healthy and active community

 

Our Vision: In 2040 Maroondah will be a safe, healthy and active community with local opportunities provided for people of all ages and abilities to have high levels of social, emotional and physical wellbeing.

 

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

 

1.21 Support and empower local community groups, sporting clubs and special interest groups across Maroondah

Background

In 2006, U3A Croydon commenced occupancy of the office accommodation previously occupied by the Eastern Football League at Town Park, Croydon. To provide long term certainty and exclusive property possession rights, Council entered into a 2 x 2 year lease commencing January 2007 which has now time expired. Since 2011 U3A Croydon has been occupying the premises in overholding.

Issue / discussion

Lease negotiations with the U3A Croydon commenced in September 2014, with the tenant now ready to progress to the endorsement of the Lease. Council’s Community Facilities Lease Agreement has been used to develop the Lease.

 

Through a Lease Agreement made between Council and the Lessee, the Lessee will be granted use and occupation of the premises for a term of two years with an option for a further two years at an annual rental calculated in accordance with the principles of the Community Facilities Pricing Policy and determined under the category of Groups Traditionally Supported By Council.

 

Officers recommend that Council approves the Lease Agreement upon the terms and conditions as set out in the Lease, the principal terms of which are:

a)      Term – Two years with the option for a two year further term.

b)      Maintenance – in accordance with the Community Facilities Standard Maintenance Schedule

c)      Public Liability Insurance of $20M and glass replacement insurance.

Financial / economic issues

Council’s Community Facilities Pricing Policy provides an overarching framework to guide Council and ensures a consistent and transparent approach to the pricing of facilities.  Under the category of Groups Traditionally Supported by Council, Council has identified six sub-categories of community groups it wishes to recognise by way of subsidised rental. The nominal fee acknowledges the support and service these organisations contribute to the social fabric of Maroondah. Through the public consultation phase of the 2010 Community Facilities Pricing Policy, the U3A Croydon made written submission to be considered under the category of Senior Citizen Centres to which Councillors agreed.

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

The implementation of the standard Community Facilities Lease Agreement ensures the clear and equitable delineation of maintenance responsibilities for all tenants occupying Council owned and/or managed community facilities, consistent with the Community Facilities Pricing Policy, and supports a sustainable approach to the provision of community facilities.

Community consultation

The length of tenure for the U3A Croydon lease is 2 x 2 years. Section 190 of the Local Government Act 1989 is only applicable if Lease Agreements are for 10 years or greater.

Conclusion

The Lease Agreement provides a mutually beneficial arrangement between Council and the U3A Croydon for the continued use of the office accommodation located in Town Park, Croydon.

 

 

Attachments

Not Applicable

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable


 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That council

1.       GRANTS A LEASE TO u3a croydon inc. FOR AN INITIAL TWO YEAR PERIOD WITH A TWO YEAR OPTION IN ACCORDANCE WITH COUNCIL’S STANDARD LEASE AGREEMENT AND THE CLUB TO BE CHARGED IN ACCORDANCE WITH COUNCIL’S COMMUNITY FACILITIES PRICING POLICY

2.       SIGNs AND SEALs ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION AS APPROPRIATE

 


DIRECTOR Community & Leisure Services Wendy King

 

Inclusive Maroondah Initiatives

Item 2

 

Purpose

To seek endorsement for Council to:

·        Sign the ‘No to Homophobia’ campaign

·        Raise the rainbow flag for one week over International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT)

·        Be represented at the Victorian Pride March in 2016

Strategic / policy issues

The proposed initiatives support strategic directions in the Maroondah Youth Plan 2012 – 2016, Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017 as outlined below:

Maroondah Youth Plan 2012 – 2016

 

Vision: Maroondah’s Young People are valued and proud

 

Objective: Advocate for the needs of all young people

 

1.2.2    Advocate for marginalised and vulnerable young people in Maroondah to support their needs, including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) young people, young people with disabilities, sexually and gender diverse young people, and disadvantaged young people.  

 

Maroondah 2040: Our Future together

 

Our Vision: In 2040, Maroondah will be an inclusive community where social connections are strong across generations and diversity is embraced and celebrated.

Key Directions: A Diverse Community

 

7.17     Advocate for and support the needs of people from all sexualities, gender identities and sex identities

 

Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan

 

Focus Area: An Equitable and Engaged Community

 

Key Policy Areas: Equity, Diversity, Community Engagement

What the community said: “Discrimination and disadvantage on the basis of gender, cultural background, socio-economic status, age, disability, and GLBTI status were identified as issues that are present in the Maroondah community”

Key Direction:

2.2       Develop initiatives to address discrimination and build on positive attitudes to diversity

Background

Over the past 12 months Council has done significant work increasing the inclusivity of all Council services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ)  community members. This includes the delivery of LGBTI inclusive customer service training to frontline Council staff, the development of a Statement of Support for the LGBTI Community, the installation of rainbow stickers on the entrance doors to all Council staffed facilities, and work on LGBTI inclusive services for older community members through the HACC Diversity Plan. Each of these actions show an acknowledgment from Council of the challenges that can be faced by those who identify as LGBTI, and a commitment to providing excellent service to people of all sexualities, gender identities and sex identities.

 

Having taken some significant first steps, it is important that Council continues in its support of the LGBTI community. Outlined in this report is a proposed plan for continued support of the LGBTI community in Maroondah in a way that aligns with Council’s values and vision.

Issue / discussion

The three initiatives proposed under ‘Inclusive Maroondah’ are outlined below. The initiatives are designed to work together to build community support, and awareness of discrimination that can be faced by the LGBTI community.

NO TO HOMOPHOBIA CAMPAIGN

 

The No to Homophobia campaign aims to challenge all forms of harassment and discrimination faced by LGBTIQ people, whether in the workplace or in social situations. The campaign aims to reduce the incidence of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic harassment in Victoria (and beyond) by empowering both LGBTIQ people and the broader community to respond to and speak out against this harassment and discrimination.

 

The No To Homophobia campaign calls on individuals, businesses and community groups to pledge: “I will stand up against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Always”.  To date, the No to Homophobia campaign has 86 organisational supporters, including Banyule, Darebin, Geelong, Hobsons Bay and Moreland City Councils, Victorian Local Governance Association, the Victorian Government, the Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Victorian and Federal Police.

 

It is proposed that in support of the LGBTI community, Council supports the No to Homophobia campaign, publicly recognising that Council has a role to play in standing up to homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.    

 

INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA AND TRANSPHOBIA (IDAHOT)  DAY

May 17 is the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT). It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally. IDAHOT is now commemorated in approximately 120 countries across the world. LGBTI organizations, governments, councils, human rights organizations, companies, schools, musicians, artists and independent activists are among  the groups that mark this day to both take a stand against violence and oppression, and promote freedom, diversity and acceptance.

 

Councils throughout Australia are beginning to express their support of the LGBTI community on IDAHOT day through a number of different activities, including holding community events, turning local landmarks rainbow as public acknowledgement of the day, and raising the rainbow flag on Council buildings.

It is proposed that in support of the LGBTI community, Council raises the rainbow flag for one week over IDAHOT day, standing with Maroondah’s LGBTI community members in recognition of the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTI community across the globe and celebrating the diversity of our community. 

PRIDE MARCH

The annual Pride March recognises and celebrates Victoria's gay, lesbian, bisexual, intersex and transgender community. The annual Pride March is an iconic event and celebrates a bright future while remembering the road we have travelled already on this journey to equity. It is a key date on Victoria's cultural calendar and a destination for interstate and international visitors. Many government, community and private organisations, and individuals, are represented at Pride March. Participants include Victoria Police, AFL players, Sporting associations, and Local Government  Areas.

It is proposed that Council recognises and celebrates its LGBTI community members and staff through a presence at Pride March, with interested community members, Councillors and staff being given the opportunity to march under the banner of Maroondah City Council.

Financial / economic issues

Not Applicable

Environmental / amenity issues

Not Applicable

Social / community issues

Approximately 10% of the population (i.e. over 10,000 Maroondah residents) identify as LGBTI. Diversity in sexuality, gender identity and sex identity is something that should be acknowledged and embraced, but unfortunately those identifying as LGBTI too often experience discrimination and exclusion.

 

Research shows that homophobic discrimination and heterosexism (the favouring of opposite-sex sexuality and relationships) has resulted in people who identify as LGBTI:

·                experiencing 2 – 14 x higher rates of depression, suicidal ideation, suicide and other forms of self harm

·                frequently not accessing health services due to fear of discrimination

·                experiencing higher rates of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, homelessness, experience of violence, disengagement from schooling, and poor physical health outcomes

As outlined in the Community Wellbeing Plan, Maroondah 2040 and the Maroondah Youth Plan, Maroondah City Council is committed to addressing the discrimination that can be faced by LGBTI community members. By taking a public stance in support of Maroondah’s LGBTI community members, Council can begin to challenge homophobia and transphobia in Maroondah and build an inclusive community for people of all sexualities, sex and gender identities. 

Community consultation

The Maroondah community has identified discrimination of LGBTI community members as an issue through a number of forums.

In consultation for the Community Wellbeing Plan 2013 – 2017, discrimination and disadvantage on the basis of gender, cultural background, socio-economic status, age, disability, and GLBTI status were identified as issues that are present in the Maroondah community.

Young people during the 2011 Youth Consultation also noted this as an issue, stating (in response to a question about the most important issues for young people in Maroondah)

“Gay rights- because it is the future and everyone deserves a fair go “

 

“How many people are against gay people and are homophobic.”

 

And in response to a question about how they (the young person) would change the issue in Maroondah:

 

“I would change it by educating the community and youth people especially. Educating them by telling them that being gay, lesbian, bi sexual and trans gendered are perfectly normal. In fact it makes you unique. Just like being straight is unique.”

 

In recent consultation with young people about what Council could do to support LGBTI young people, visibility of support was identified as an identified need. Young people said “I would really like to see more community awareness [of LGBTIQ issues] in general. Being LGBTIQ shouldn’t have to make you different” – Bisexual male aged 22

 

“It wasn’t until I went out gay clubbing that I felt better about myself because I found other people like me dealing with the same things. If you’re under 18 you can’t do that so it’s import that the community as a whole is supportive” – Gay male aged 20

Conclusion

Implementation of the three ‘Inclusive Maroondah’ initiatives will support commitments made by Council in the Maroondah Community Wellbeing Plan, Maroondah 2040 and the Maroondah Youth Plan. The initiatives will meet needs identified through community consultation and increase the inclusion of an often marginalised group in the Maroondah community. 

 

 

Attachments

Not Applicable

CONFIDENTIALITY

Not Applicable

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That COUNCIL

1.       SIGNS THE ‘NO TO HOMOPHOBIA CAMPAIGN’ WHICH CHALLENGES ALL FORMS OF HARRASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION FACED BY LESBIAN, GAY,  BISEXUAL, TRANSEXUAL, INTERSEX (LGBTI) GENDER PEOPLE

2.         RAISES THE RAINBOW FLAG FOR ONE WEEK OVER International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) DAY EACH YEAR, BEGINNING IN 2015

3.         IS REPRESENTED AT THE VICTORIAN PRIDE MARCH EACH YEAR, BEGINNING IN MARCH 2016

  


DIRECTOR Operations & Infrastructure Trevor Welsh

 

Petition - Pleasant Drive, Heathmont
Request for Parking Restrictions

Item 1

 

Purpose

The purpose of this report is to provide an update on Council’s Officers investigation into the installation of part time parking restrictions, during school pick up and drop off, on the south side of Pleasant Drive, Heathmont following receipt of a signed petition from concerned residents. 

Strategic / policy issues

The following directions contained in Maroondah 2040: Our Future Together and the Council Plan 2013-2017 (Year 2: 2014-2015) provide the strategic framework that underpins the purpose of this report.

Outcome Area:  An accessible and connected community.

Our Vision:  In 2040, Maroondah is an accessible community for all ages and abilities with walkable neighbourhoods, effective on and off-road transport networks, and access to a range of sustainable transport options.

Key Directions 2014 – 2015:

5.2     Work in partnership to provide improved accessibility and safety for transport users across all modes.

Background

Council received a petition on 2 September 2014.  The petition dated 13 June 2014 contained 32 signatures from residents in and surrounding Pleasant Drive, Heathmont.

 

The prayer of the petition is as follows:

 

Petition to Support a Restricted Parking Zone on One Side of Pleasant Drive.”

 

This petition was tabled at Council on 15 September 2014 and the following recommendations were adopted:

 

THAT COUNCIL

 

1.       RECEIVES AND NOTES THE PETITION CONTAINING 32 SIGNATURES REQUESTING THE INTRODUCTION OF PARKING RESTRICTIONS IN PLEASANT DRIVE, HEATHMONT

2.       OFFICERS PREPARE A REPORT ON THE MATTERS RAISED IN THE PETITION FOR CONSIDERATION AT A FUTURE MEETING OF COUNCIL

3.       ADVISES THE LEAD PETITIONER ACCORDINGLY


Issue / discussion

Pleasant Drive is located off Armstrong Road, opposite Heathmont East Primary School in Heathmont and is approximately 400 metres south of Canterbury Road.  Figure 1 below shows an aerial view of Pleasant Drive and the surrounding area.

 

Pleasant Drive is classified as a Local Access Street, in accordance with Council’s Road Management Plan and provides direct access for approximately 25 residential properties, including Heathmont East Preschool. 

 

Figure 1 – Aerial view of Pleasant Drive and surrounding area

 

Further to the prayer of the petition, the covering letter also details concerns relating to speeding and driver behaviour in Pleasant Drive, with a request for a reduced speed limit and/or traffic calming.  Council’s Engineers will be undertaking a further investigation into the operation of the road; including arranging updated traffic volume and speed counts and a review of previous vehicle crash data. This will be addressed separate to the petition process and Council’s Engineers will correspond with the lead petitioner accordingly.

 

In accordance with the recommendation of the Council report dated 15 September 2014, Council Engineers undertook detailed parking investigations in residential streets within proximity to Heathmont East primary School, primarily Pleasant Drive, over a period of time to ascertain the level and demand for on-street parking during the school pick up and drop off times.  The on-site investigation identified that both the north and south side of Pleasant Drive are heavily utilised during the afternoon school pick up.  The morning peak observations also demonstrated that there is a demand for school related parking.

Resident surveys were also undertaken to determine the level of support for the installation of part time parking restrictions on one side of the street. Two different options were provided in the survey that Council’s Engineers considered would improve amenity and traffic safety in the street.

 

The first option would provide part time parking restrictions for approximately 75% of the south side of Pleasant Drive as shown in Figure 2 below.

 

Figure 2 – Option 1: Proposed Parking Restrictions in Pleasant Drive

 

The second option would provide part time parking restrictions for the entire length of the south side of Pleasant Drive as shown in Figure 3 below.

 

Figure 3 – Option 2: Proposed Parking Restrictions in Pleasant Drive

 

A third option was also provided which would leave the street unrestricted, however this would not alleviate the parking issues associated with the street.

 

A total of 25 surveys were issued to residents in Pleasant Drive that would be directly affected by the proposed introduction of parking restrictions.  There were 13 surveys returned corresponding to an overall 52% response rate. 

 

Of the returned surveys:

·        23% of residents supported the introduction of parking restrictions as per Option 1 shown on the previous slide.

·        77% of residents supported the introduction of parking restrictions as per Option 2 shown on the previous slide.

·        0% of residents supported leaving the street unrestricted as per Option 3.

As such, given the level of support indicated by the resident surveys and the signed petition requesting the installation of parking restrictions along one side of the street, and in order to improve amenity and traffic safety in the area, it is proposed that part time parking restrictions be installed on one side of the street in Pleasant Drive, as per Option 2, shown in Figure 4 below.  The “No Stopping” restriction will operate on school days only in the morning between 8am and 9.15am, and in the afternoon between 3pm and 4pm.

 

Parking Restriction Plan

Figure 4 – Final Proposed Parking Restrictions in Pleasant Drive

 


Financial / economic issues

The installation of parking restriction signage in Pleasant Drive will be funded from Council’s existing operational budget.

Environmental / amenity issues

The proposed parking signage restriction changes in Pleasant Drive will increase amenity in the area, reduce traffic congestion, improve resident ingress and egress and also improve traffic safety in the area.

Social / community issues

Residents in Pleasant Drive have indicated that they are concerned with the increase in traffic and parking demand and resulting constraints in residential ingress and egress to their properties. 

 

It is considered that the proposed parking restriction changes will reduce the amount of traffic and parking manoeuvres in the area, improve access to residential properties and improve the overall traffic safety in the area.

Community consultation

As previously detailed, 25 surveys were issued to residents in Pleasant Drive, who would be directly affected by the proposed introduction of parking restrictions, to determine the level of support.

 

Council’s Engineers also met with representatives from Heathmont East Primary School on 6 November 2014 to discuss the proposed introduction of parking restrictions in a number of streets within close proximity to the school; including Pleasant Drive, Harriet Street and Coven Avenue.

 

It was determined that Council’s Engineers and the school will work together to reduce parking pressures around the school; by increasing awareness of alternative parking areas and by encouraging sustainable modes of transport to the school. 

 

Prior to the introduction of parking restriction changes Council Engineers will provide notification to affected residents and also Heathmont East Primary School in writing.

 

Additionally, Council’s Engineers will develop a Parking Management Plan for the streets surrounding the school to be presented to Heathmont East Primary School. The plan will highlight areas where parking is available and also where parking restrictions apply.

 

Council’s Engineers will also provide the school with information about parking around schools and how different parking restrictions operate. It will be requested that this information is placed in the school newsletter in conjunction with the Parking Management Plan for the use of the wider school community. 


Conclusion

Given the level of support indicated by the resident surveys and the signed petition requesting the installation of parking restrictions along one side of the street, it is recommended that part time parking restrictions be installed on one side of the street in Pleasant Drive, as shown in Figure 4 contained in the report.

 

In conclusion it is proposed that Council authorises the installation of the part time parking restriction signage in Pleasant Drive.

 

 

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RECOMMENDATION

 

That COUNCIL

1.       HAVING CONSIDERED THE PETITION RESOLVES TO IMPOSE PARKING RESTRICTIONS AND INSTALL PARKING SIGNAGE ALONG THE SOUTH SIDE OF PLEASANT DRIVE HEATHMONT, IN ACCORD WITH THE FOLLOWING DAYS AND TIMES:

SCHOOL DAYS ONLY:

MORNINGS:  8:00AM TO 9:15AM

AFTERNOONS:  3:00PM TO 4:00PM

2.       ADVISES THE LEAD PETITIONER ACCORDINGLY