Under representation

Dear Councillors,

At the last meeting of the Chatswood West Ward Progress Association it was moved and adopted

unanimously that noting that West Ward has been affected by a lack of full representation for an

inordinately protracted time that:

– we request Councillors and Council to advise how they can remedy the situation.

Yours sincerely

{Please refer Councilor responses below}

Speed Hump Centennial

speedhumpRecently Council installed a new speed hump in Centennial Avenue between the two existing humps that are also pedestrian crossings. The existing humps are 25kph. The new hump is a 15kph which is quite steep. There has been a number of complaints regarding the new hump. We have asked Council to justify their actions in regard to this matter.

Greenlands Rd

Clr. Saville has advised that Council has engaged a consultant to review the traffic impacts of the Mowbray Road / Beaconsfield traffic signals and also to review the traffic study prepared for Lane Cove Council dealing with traffic impacts of the rezoning activity on the Lane Cove side of Mowbray Road.  The consultants review will be completed in mid to late March 2014 after which it is proposed to report to Council on recommended measures.  Following that it is likely that we would be consulting widely with the community in regard to a package of works on Mowbray Road and adjoining side streets.

Wurlitzer Fiasco

organThe restoration of the Wurlitzer Organ from the Civic Centre into The Concourse has become a fiasco.

Read the full report below:

Read August 2015 decision by Willoughby Council

Purpose of Report
To provide Council with an update on the status of the Wurlitzer Organ.

Background
Since the handover of The Concourse in July 2011, Councils appointed Contractor Pipe Organ Restorations (POR) have been carrying-out the refurbishment and reinstallation of the Wurlitzer organ that was decommissioned and removed from the Civic Centre prior to its demolition in January 2009. Mr John Andrews of organ consultancy Tonal Resources was appointed in 2006 to project manage all aspects of refurbishment and reinstallation of the organ on Councils behalf.

In November 2012 it was reported to The Corporate and Transport Committee that Mr Mark Fisher from (POR) was having difficulties completing his contract owing to his ill health. Due to an apparent lack of suitably qualified and experienced contractors in the field of organ restoration Council responded to the advice of Mr John Andrews (TR) and opted to utilise the services of Tonal Resources to assist with completing the installation of the instrument.

As previously reported, there is $22,000 remaining within the budget to complete this project. In accordance with the recommendations of the previous report this amount was retained as security until the installation reached Practical Completion.

Current Situation
Council has recently been advised by Mr Fisher from POR that due to his deteriorating health he is unable to continue working on the installation of the instrument and has abdicated his involvement in the project.
Upon receipt of the advice from Mr Fisher, Mr Andrews (TR) was requested to provide an update on the current status of the installation, costs to completion and advice in relation to options that may be available to Council to bring the project to completion.

Mr Andrews has advised that he is able to second specialist staff from Brisbane, which would be able to complete the project within six months. In addition, he advised that the costs to bring the project to completion are in the order of $97,840.

This figure is reflective of the time that has elapsed since the work was initially priced by POR in 2007, the cost of employing additional labour and the possibility that the initial tender was priced to meet the projects budget allocation and enable the organ to be maintained as a community asset; a notion that has been suggested by Mr Andrews.

Discussion
Whilst the previous advice in relation to the lack of skilled labour within the organ restoration field is acknowledged, it would be prudent to publicly advertised seeking quotations in accordance with Council policy for works of this value. In addition, this course of action to avoid any conflict of interest involving Mr Andrews in his current position as Councils
consultant.

A call for tender would require the development of a scope of works, which Mr Andrews is best placed to provide. This would also provide a continuation of project knowledge, in addition to providing an accurate basis for proponents to price the works.

Conclusion
Due to ill health the incumbent contractor is unable to progress the reinstallation of the Wurlitzer organ into the Concert Hall within The Concourse. Councils Consultant Mr John Andrews has advised that the costs to bring the project to completion are in the order of $97,840. Given the value of the works and would avoid a potential conflict of interest, it is advised that Council should publicly advertise the remaining works.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
That:
1. Council’s consultant Tonal Resources prepare a scope of works documenting the requirements to bring the project to completion.
2. Council publicly advertise for contractors to complete the installation of the Wurlitzer organ within the Concert Hall at The Concourse.
3. A further report be brought back to Council advising as to the outcome of the tender process.

Year of the Horse

relic horse‘Relic’ is the centrepiece of a new, elevated public park created by Mirvac as part of its 44-storey, $750 million Era residential development in the heart of the Chatswood CBD.

The sculpture was put in place by crane last November and shrouded in canvas until this week. After the fire, Relic was finished in the sculpture workshop at the Australian National University School of Art. It is made from corten steel with bronze elements and salvaged industry objects within its abdomen.

Civic Plaza

CivicPlaza

At long last the empty hole between The Concourse and Chatswood Chase is being developed. This is the old carpark site next to the old library. The development known as Civic Place will provide service apartments that can be used by visitors to Chatswood including patron of The Concourse.

Most importantly, the development should contain’breakout’ style conference that can be hired in conjunction with functions at the Civic Pavillion.

The President Writes

Jim A

CBD Urban Plan Review

Council’s CBD Urban Plan Review is to be undertaken early this year and is expected to take place in the form of a workshop. He expressed concern that if the Minster for Planning’s, Brad Hazzard’s, planning laws are adopted this and similar meetings may represent the only opportunity for consultation that the community will have.

It appears that Council staff will offer a single integrated plan to the Councillors at the workshop,and only after the Councillors and staff review and agree the plan, the crystallised plan will be displayed for community response.

Consequently he considers that members of the community, either through their PAs or delegates to the Federation, should be represented at the workshops either as participants or observers.

It was agreed that all Associations should be notified and that he would email Councillors seeking their support for our attendance. “Willoughby,the City of Diversity,should present a broad spectrum of early concept plans for exploration of community preferences, before choosing and prioritising the functions, locations, and change timing , and the infrastructure support to be provided. “

” The evolution procedure for the Concourse design should serve as a prototype, one whose strengths and weaknesses are deeply understood by Council staff; and which can benefit from their team experience in marshalling community visions and objectives.”

Permitting Spot Development will reverse the objectives of planning.
A former CEO of the Urban  TaskForce(\who was incidentally a former Chief-of-Staff to Joe Tripodi) advised a State Parliament C\ommittee that it was essential to retain developers’ rights of appeal at all stages throughout consideration of a developer’s application for a spot re-zoning. He claimed that many developers relied on acquiring cheap land whose price was reduced by adverse community pressure through the Local Environment Plan (LEP), Developers would use spot re-zoning to dramatically increase the unimproved value of the site and obtain a far greater mortgage with which to fund construction. The consequence  is that high density developments will mostly occur in localities which the community LEP view regards as much better used for a different function, rather than in the precincts planned for them.
This reverses the objective of plans without any adjustment to provision of infrastructure such as roads, parking, utilities, and services such as schools and hospitals. Mirvac, Meriton, and Metro are building residential skyscrapers where community-approved plans had specified much smaller commercial towers, reducing the ongoing job opportunities essential for balance with other low-job locations in the larger Metro Plan.The essence of a community plan is that the whole area and its functions are considered at the one time, to enable more efficient installation and operation of services; and that necessary healthy diversity of land use ks achieved. The market forces that decide in favour of spot re-zoning place cost penalties on other neighbours that emerge as higher charges and more insidiously as losses of sunlight, quietness, and health.
Certificates of “Variation” proposed in the new state planning legislation are only relevant and hurtful when they annul the local environmental plan  constraints. They become Certificates licencing Violation, and leave  neighbors traumatised by the deterioration of their refuge and principal investment, long after the developer has decamped to seize opportunities elsewhere.
JIm McCredie.

Permanent tribute to Pat

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Council will be consulting with residents regarding a permanent tribute to Mayor Pat Reilly who died recently. Pat was on Council for 27 years and Mayor for 17 years. Reportedly he was one of the longest serving Mayor earning the title Mayor Emeritus.

Current Suggestions for a fitting tribute include:

  • a statue
  • a naming
  • a dedication within The Concourse venue

If you have a suggestion you can send it to Council (email: email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au) or you can leave your suggestion in the ‘Comment’ section below.

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Air Quality – Mowbray School

AirQuality
‘Air quality monitoring has been undertaken at Mowbray School sincethe Lane Cove Tunnel was built. Monitoring was to continue until traffic reached the higher volumes projected for the proposal under the approval.
Discussion
The Business Plan for the LCT project estimated that the projected total number of vehicles per day using the tunnel would be approximately 100,000. Data received in August 2013 from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) indicates that the traffic volume of the tunnel has been measured to be 69,632 Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT). This figure is well below that projected of 100,000 vehicles per day.
Traffic volumes for the LCT in 2009 were approximately 57,000 AADT. This shows an approximate overall increase in 2013 of 18% over the 4 year period, or a 4.5% increase in traffic volumes each year from 2009. From these figures the traffic volume of the LCT is increasing by approximately 2800 vehicles per year. If the traffic volumes were to continue to increase at this rate it is estimated that it would take approximately 10 to 11 years to reach the projected figure of 100,000 vehicles per day.

The air quality monitoring station was set up at Mowbray Public School in March 2006 prior to the opening of the LCT in 2007. The monitoring station was established to determine the likely impact that the Lane Cove Tunnel would have on the local airshed. This was an initiative of Council to address concerns raised by the community on local air quality issues. In 2009 an analysis of the air quality data was undertaken, which indicated that the air quality in the local area was generally good and in most cases complied with ambient air quality criteria. On the limited occasion that the criteria was not complied with it was clear that exceedances were attributed to unforeseen events such as bushfires or dust storms. It was actually evident that for the pollutants monitored there was an overall downward trend in the levels after the opening of the LCT in March 2007.

Furthermore, since 2009 monitoring for Particulate Matter PM10 & PM2.5 has shown no exceedances above the National Air Quality Standards. The EPA air quality monitoring station at Lindfield monitors for PM10 and the data shows a strong correlation between the results from Councils monitoring station with the monitoring station at Lindfield. Utilising the Lindfield data will provide Council with reliable and representative background data within the local area of Lane Cove. Graphs of PM10 and PM2.5 data collected over the last two financial years (2011/12 & 2012/13) are presented in the Attachment.
Advice has been received from SLR Consulting who currently maintain the existing monitoring equipment. A summary of the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) data within the Artarmon area shows that motor vehicles are the main source of carbon monoxide, oxides of nitrogen, PM10 and total volatile organic compounds, whilst basic ferrous metal production manufacturing is the second largest. One such source in the Artarmon area is Weir Minerals, located at Marden St Artarmon which is regulated by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).

Initial consideration into the relocation of the air quality monitoring equipment has been to find a suitable site within the Artarmon area with an objective of determining whether motor vehicles and basic ferrous metal production manufacturing has an impact on the ambient air quality in the Artarmon area. The preference at this stage would be to install the air quality monitoring equipment at Councils Waste Depot located at 4 McLachlan Ave Artarmon and monitor for PM10 & PM2.5 . The viability of this will need to be considered further.

Conclusion
The objectives of establishing the monitoring station were to ensure the surrounding community and environment were not adversely affected by the operation of the Lane Cove Tunnel ventilation stacks, to ensure that ambient air quality in the local area complies with relevant air quality criteria when the tunnel is in operation and to provide an analysis of ambient air quality in the local area pre and post tunnel operation. These objectives have been achieved and it is therefore proposed to decommission the existing monitoring station at Mowbray Public School in 2014.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION
That the Air Quality Monitoring Station at Mowbray Public School be decommissioned.

An additional point for consideration on this matter is that it is anticipated that major building works will be undertake on the school site during 2014.

Mayoral scramble

Maroyal chain

The by-election to elect a new ‘Popularly Elected’ Mayor to replace long serving Mayor Pet Reilly (who passed away recently) will be held on Saturday 12th April.

Councillors who have indicated that they are running include the Acting Mayor (Clr. Giles-Gidney) and Clr. John Hooper.Former Willoughby General Manager John Owen is also standing. It is also expected that Clr. Stuart Coppock who was unsuccessful at the two previous elections will also contest.

Other Councillors considering running include Clr. Wendy Norton, Tony Mustaca, Nic Wright and Angelo Rozos. Four Clrs. have indicated that they will not be running (Hugh Eriksson, Lynne Saville, Judith Rutherford and Mandy Stevens).

It is yet to be a seen if there area ny other candidates – here is a sizable Asian community within Chatswood that is under represented on Council.

John Owen has advised that he has the support of Beth Reilly (former Lady Mayoress).

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