Heritage listings

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Proposed Eddy Rd and de Villiers Avenue Heritage Conservation area: Clr. Saville declared that she lives in Eddy Rd and that members of her family had lodged the heritage nomination for the area. Consequently, Clr. Saville withdrew from the meeting when this matter was considered by Council. Clr. Campbell successfully moved the Officer’s recommendation that the area not be heritage listed.

126 Greville Street: Council Adopted the Officer’s recommendation and moved to heritage list the property as a local item of heritage significance.

 

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State chips in

State government financial support for Councils: The NSW Government has announced a comprehensive $395 million local government economic stimulus package to reduce the significant impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local councils across the State. This package will give councils breathing space to adjust their structures and operations and be in a better position to effectively serve their communities during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The government is:

  1. funding a $112.5 million Council Job Retention Allowance of $1,500 per fortnight per employee for three months to limit job losses in the NSW local government sector as councils were deemed ineligible for the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper Payment.
  2. will fully fund the $32.76 million increase in the emergency services levy for all NSW councils for 2020-21.
  3. increasing the local government lending facility by a further $250 million to $1.35 billion so even more councils and communities can benefit.
  4. TCorp will also consider deferring principal and interest payments on council loans upon request for the next six months.

Importantly, this package builds on the NSW Government’s $82 million to support 260 council-run childcare centres and $25 million for local councils to rebuild and refurbish local showgrounds, bringing our total support for the local government sector to over half a billion dollars.

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Schools upgrade

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We have received the following comments rom a resident.

SSD 9483 Chatswood High school redevelopment

These proposals are a substantial improvement on those first presented. When
finished, the new infrastructure will be an impressive addition to our education
capacity.

It is best I don’t comment on the overall calibre of the consultants reports (there is
reference in one report to manually operated windows ‘in bedrooms and living
rooms’; and in the social impact assessment doc. there is reference to 4 and 8 story
residences to the West of the High School – yes, if you go out as far as Ryde!)
There are several questions (in red) that I would appreciate answers to in good time
for me to submit a response to DPIE within the stipulated timeframe.
Traffic reports

These reports are a clear validation that desktop theory fails miserably to
comprehend reality. Further, it is readily apparent that the authors are responding to
a particular commission.

As example, to suggest that the average delay driving from Centennial Ave to Albert
Ave. at peak AM and PM times is 28 seconds is an irrelevant nonsense. The traffic
at these times backs up into Centennial Ave. as far as Dardanelles Rd. I know from
multiple experiences that it can take in the order of 15 minutes from my home on the
Western boundary of the High School to exit to Pacific Highway and thence to Albert
Ave. – a short 400m trip.

The photographs appear to have been selected to present a situation that is far from
the norm.

The report fails to recognise the breaches of law, congestion and frustration that
takes place daily right now, let alone when this road system will need to
accommodate more than double the current student numbers.

The report’s analysis of parking is unbelievable – literally. Figure 2.5 in the Traffic
Impact Statement that purports to show the existing vehicle and pedestrian access to
the High School is wrong.

The document fails to report on, much less provide remedies for, the extreme
difficulty ratepaying residents of Centennial Ave. and other adjacent streets have in
finding parking adjacent their own homes. Indeed, it appears to propose that the very
few existing unrestricted parking places will be changed to short-term parking.
Nor does it refer to the multiple occasions when residents find cars parked, locked,
and empty in their private driveways for long periods of time. This happens because
parents are already unable to find parking to drop off and pick up their children. And
that is now, before the student numbers more than double.

The report fails to recognise the very large number of buses involved in sporting and
other interschool events that need to park and navigate these narrow roads. I have
previously sent you a photograph of one such occasion where 6 buses were parked in Centennial Ave. – three of them illegally double parked. That was not an isolated
incident.

When will we see a realistic traffic impact statement and realistic remedies? Are the
recommendations contained in the traffic reports to become a requirement, or will
they remain some nebulous recommendation that may, or may not, be
implemented?

Building T
Whilst other buildings are detailed in the design analysis report (and artists
impressions are provided), that is not the case for building T. Beyond simplistic
outline drawings there is nothing that would inform the reader as to the visual
perspective of building T. We are simply told it will be brick, concrete and glass.
During the last briefing I was assured building T would be constructed of sound
absorbing concrete panels specifically designed for these situations. What will
Building T be constructed of? What external design principals and features will be
used? What will building T actually look like?

The western wall of building T is approx. 50 metres long, two stories high and with
the roofline above that, and broadside on. It sits high on elevated land and presents
massive bulk to those properties located on Dardanelles Rd. Yes, there are trees to
break the visual impact, however from the drawings it appears that this wall will be a
flat, uninterrupted panel devoid of any architectural features or visual relief. What
architectural features will be incorporated on the Western wall of Building T?
Please confirm your earlier advice that this building will not be airconditioned. If it is
to be airconditioned, where will the A/C plant be located, and how will it not affect
neighbours in respect to noise?

The plans show a series of horizontal lines at the top of the Western walls. Are
these solid glass panels or ventilators? If ventilators how has that been
accommodated in the acoustic report?

What machinery will go into the ‘Plant room’ and how is that acoustically shielded?
There are two sets of doors shown on the lower ground floor of the West elevation.
Either side of the doors is what appears to be some form of ventilation. What is the
detail of how the ground floor doors are constructed, what potential exists for noise
transmission, and how that will be mitigated?

The report speaks of a lift in Building T yet none is shown in the plans. Is there a lift
in building T, and if so where is the machinery located, and what neighbourhood
acoustic impact will it have?

Building S
Building S in part replaces existing building C. As I have already discussed with you
there is a security light on Building C that shines directly into our kitchen and living
room. The report speaks only in generic platitudes about security lighting. It states
that there will be an increase in security lighting, but nowhere does it say where this
will be sited. I was assured that the SEARS report would be specific on this subject – it is not. What, specifically, is planned in respect to security lighting to prevent our
home (and our neighbours) from being flooded with high density light at night?

Acoustic report
‘Logger Location ‘B’, Logger Location ‘D’ and Logger Location ‘E’ were located on
residential presmies (sic) in close proximityto (sic)the School sites. Logger Location
‘E’ was only able to be located on residential premises across from the hall at the
Centennial Avenue Site’. The chosen acoustic logger site E is considerably further
down the road than the proposed site of Hall T. It is also well to the West of those
properties on the Eastern side of Dardanelles Rd. that are adjacent Hall T. The
topography at this point is a very steep downwards incline to the West. The site
chosen is low even relative to Dardanelles road and very substantially below the
level of the proposed hall. In fact, it is the very lowest point in Dardanelles rd. One
must wonder why that site was chosen. It is the site least affected by noise from the
school. No request was made to have the logger located in my property, nor, as far
as I am aware that of my neighbours. Why was the logger E sited at that place?
‘A typical use of the Hall outside of School hours is assumed to be as follows:•Disco;
1 to 2 a year from 3pm to 7pm•Band 1 to 2 times a week 8am-9am in hall•Year 6 /
Year 12 farewell –1 x per year•presentation nights –2x per year•OOSH; Monday –
Friday; 30-50 kids –3pm to 6:30pm.’ This bears little relationship to the current use of
the existing facility, let alone once the new hall T is operational. Amongst other
outside uses there is regular band practice after hours and on weekends (note: the
report states the band will be 8am – 9am which is a nonsense), and religious
services. There are also music festivals and other community events that are not
identified in the report. There is no reference to the hall T being used for sporting
events (albeit it is designed to do so) and no reference to noise from cheering
supporters. This will occur both during and after hours and on weekends. What will
be done to ensure the acoustic report properly reflects the reality? What assurances
do the neighbours have that noise emanating from this building T will be, and will
remain, within accepted limits?

‘We recommend that use of the halls be restricted to daytime and evening period of
7 am to 10pm only’. Are these recommendations to be made a requirement of
approval, or are they a platitude of the possible?

‘R8 –7 DardanellesRoad, Chatswood4240No (+ 2 dB) The majority of the air
conditioning condenser units are able to meet the acceptable noise level, with the
exception of Residential Receptor R8. The slight exceedance based on typical
condenser units would be able to be designed to reduce the level of noise emission
at this location.’ This is R8 is adjacent my property. Specifically, where will this
referred AC unit be located. Will it, or will it not, be a requirement that it be
acoustically shielded.

‘Once the mechanical plant selection has been finalised, a final assessment should
be made of the mechanical plant noise emission, prior to the issue of a Construction
Certificate.’ Will this be a requirement of the approval, or is it just another nebulous
suggestion?

Rainwater drainage
The proposed drainage plan calls for gutter/downpipe runoff from buildings Q,S,J
and T to be decanted into a pit near the Northwest corner of the site (near the North
end of Building T). The report uses theoretical desktop calculations in respect to the
capacity of the system. As I have already advised, even in moderate rain this pit is
inadequate. We experience water bubbling up either side of the pedestrian footpath,
from under our drive, and between drive and roadside kerb. What will be done to
ensure adequate rainwater drainage exists?

Sewerage
As advised previously, we have had problems with the school’s sewer line running
adjacent our Southern boundary. By way of theoretical calculation, the report states
categorically that the existing system is satisfactory for the proposed future use. And
yet their own Site survey High School Part 1 page 8 states that they were unable to
access the sewer pit on the NW corner and that further down the line they were
unable to use the ’flexi rod’ due to obstruction. Clearly there is a problem. What will
be done to ensure we do not have high school sewerage flooding our property as
has happened in the past?

Fencing
The report states that North of building T there will be a ‘New 2.1m high security
fence to driveway and along northern side of carpark. New vehicular access gate
and pedestrian (sic) will be required.’ Fair enough, but that fence for some reason is
shown running approx. 2m inside the actual boundary leaving a narrow path
between boundary and the fence. What is the reason for the fence on the NW corner
of the site not following the boundary?

Question summary
• When will we see a realistic traffic impact statement and realistic remedies?
Are the recommendations contained in the traffic reports to become a
requirement or will they remain some nebulous recommendation that may, or
may not, be implemented?
• What will Building T be constructed of?
• What will building T actually look like? What external design principals and
features will be used?
• What architectural features will be incorporated on the Western wall of
Building T?
• Is there a lift in building T, and if so where is the machinery located, and what
neighbourhood acoustic impact will it have?
• Are the panels at the top of Building T walls solid glass or ventilators? If
ventilators how has that been accommodated in the acoustic report?
• What machinery will go into the ‘Plant room’ and how is that acoustically
shielded?
• What is the detail of how the ground floor doors (building T western side) are
constructed, what potential exists for noise transmission and how that will be
mitigated?

• Is there a lift in building T, and if so where is it located, and in what way will it
not affect the neighbours with noise?
• What, specifically, is planned in respect to security lighting to prevent our
home (and our neighbours) from being flooded with high density light at night?
• Why was the logger E sited at that place?
• What will be done to ensure the acoustic report properly reflects the reality in
respect to building T?
• What assurances do the neighbours have that noise emanating from this
building will be, and remain, within accepted limits?
• ‘We recommend that use of the halls be restricted to daytime and evening
period of 7 am to 10pm only’. Are these recommendations to be made a
requirement, or are they a platitude of the possible?
• The slight exceedance based on typical condenser units would be able to be
designed to reduce the level of noise emission at this location.’ Will it, or will
this not, be a requirement of the approval. Specifically, where will this
referenced AC unit be located
• ‘Once the mechanical plant selection has been finalised, a final assessment
should be made of the mechanical plant noise emission, prior to the issue of a
Construction Certificate.’ Will this be done or is it just another nebulous
suggestion?
• What will be done to ensure adequate rainwater drainage exists?
• What will be done to ensure we do not have high school sewerage flooding
our property as has happened in the past?
• What is the reason for the fence on the NW corner of the site not following the
boundary?

OH Reid Master Plan

OH Reid OvalThe Officer’s report goes to Council on the 20 April. The Citizen’s Panel report is attached. The reports are available on Council’s website. You can make a written submission via email@willoughby.nsw.gov.au

The purpose of the O.H. Reid Reserve Master Plan is to develop a long term plan that will guide the development of the sportsground, playground, associated amenities and car park over the next 10 to 15 years. The aim of the plan is to provide improved recreational opportunities for the local and district communities.

he Citizen’s Panel recommended:

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Various motions

New planning legislation: Clr. Saville has given notice to Council to move the following motion: That Council writes to the Minister for Planning Rob Stokes MP and the Premier Gladys Berejiklian to express its opposition to the recent changes to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act which grant the Minister unprecedented powers to override planning decisions made by local councils.

5G communications: Clr. Saville has listed a motion at Council s calling for support a moratorium on the installation of 5G technology infrastructure until the previously requested information is provided, including:

SUPPORTING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE COUNCILLOR: The deployment of 5G in the absence of adequate safety testing is a violation of the Precautionary Principle. An urgency motion was unanimously passed by the Byron Shire Councillors on the 19th March 2020. Council minutes: The siting of towers emitting EMR has been an on-going concern to local residents and workers within WCC.

OFFICER’S RECOMMENDATION: That Council note the information provided on the Parliamentary Inquiry into 5G in Australia and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency’s (ARPANSA) submission to the inquiry.

Councillor superannuation: The Office of Local Government (OLG) has issued a Councillor Superannuation Discussion Paper and is seeking comments on the options in the paper by 8 May 2020. The paper is available at the OLG website https://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/programs-and-initiatives/councillorsuperannuation-discussion-paper/.

 

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Heritage listing

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Heritage listings: The purpose of this report is to advise Council of the outcome from the exhibition of the Planning Proposal to list 8 properties as heritage items and to obtain  Council’s endorsement to proceed with the amendment to Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012. Most of the properties proposed for listing are on the northern escarpment in Castlecrag. However, it is proposed to list the former Acoustics Laboratory (now Church of Scientology) at 126 Greville St, Chatswood.

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Mayor’s cry for help

HelpPlea for help by Mayor: The Mayor has called on Federal and State governments to implement a range of economic measures to address the financial impacts of COVID-19 on Council. This includes the:

  • Impact of public health orders
  • Viability of the Council workforce, and
  • Financial assistance to offset Council stimulus provided to local businesses which included:
    • Rental relief – $573,000
    • Fee and license waivers – $600,000
    • Inspection waivers – $435,000, and
    • Fines waivers – $55,000

A total of over $1.6M.

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Meetings by email

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During to the COVID-19 lockdown, the Association will be holding its meetings by email This will start with our April general meeting and Annual General Meeting.

 

Monthly meeting

A detailed Agenda will be sent to members on the Tuesday of our normal monthly meeting week meeting. The Minutes of the previous meeting will be attached. We ask that you acknowledge receipt, participation and acceptance of the Minutes by a return email. Your return emails will be used to confirm “attendance” at the meeting, the quorum and acceptance of the Minutes.

Annual general Meeting (AGM)

Similar to above the Agenda will be emailed to members. The Minutes of the previous will be attached along with the President’s and Treasurer’s Reports. Again, we request a return email accepting the Minutes.

If you have any information or request you wish us to consider, please email to cwwpa.org@gmail.com

 

 

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Sports facilities

One of members recently shared their submission on the Draft Sports Facilities Plan of Management:

Some of the concerns raised included:

  • the draft Plan has a number of references to the attractive backdrop provided by local bushland to many local sportsgrounds
  • there is a need to protect bushland reserves from pollution.
  • the ‘‘Process of determining obtrusiveness of lighting’ fails to provide for any evaluation of the environmental impacts of sports lighting on surrounding bushland
  • there is a reference which acknowledges the potential adverse effects of light pollution on local fauna.
  • there is a suggestion that curfews will mitigate this negative impact however this is true for only part of the existing foraging and nesting time for local mammals and birds.
  • concern that a development application may not be required
  • the negative impacts on urban biodiversity caused by lighting (on top of noise, traffic, air pollution, tree removal etc) has become ever more important in recent years as rural land clearing and degradation has accelerated.

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Schools redevelopment

SchoolsApril2020The Department of Education has released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the redevelopment of Chatswood Primary and High Schools.

Executive Summary

The NSW Department of Education proposes upgrades to Chatswood Public School and Chatswood High School to increase the capacity of both schools and provide new and upgraded facilities. This will involve site preparation work, the relocation of the Chatswood Intensive English Centre, the removal of 62 trees, and construction of six (6) new school buildings to provide a total of 60 permanent learning and teaching spaces at Chatswood Public School and 123 permanent learning and teaching spaces at
Chatswood High School, with associated upgrades to core facilities, landscaping and play-spaces.

Across the two schools, the upgrades will support high-quality educational outcomes to meet the needs of students within the local community and deliver innovative learning and teaching spaces as follows:
• More than 150 new and refurbished permanent innovative learning and teaching spaces which
facilitate the removal of 53 demountable classrooms;
• Increased quality active play space;
• Specialist teaching facilities;
• Dedicated performing arts spaces;
• New sports facilities and recreational areas; and
• New libraries and administration facilities.

As the works have a capital investment value exceeding $20 million, the project is deemed to be State Significant Development under State Environmental Planning Policy (State and Regional Development) 2011. The proposed works will generate up to 266 new construction jobs and up to 20 new full time equivalent operational jobs.

Chatswood Public School is located at 5 Centennial Avenue and Chatswood High School is located at 24 Centennial Avenue, within the Local Government Area of Willoughby. Chatswood Public School is listed as a heritage item of local significance under Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012 and building A and Building B are identified as heritage items on the Department of Education’s Section 170 Heritage Register under the Heritage Act 1977.

The Public School is zoned R2 Low Density Residential, and the High School is zoned part SP2 Special Uses – Educational Establishment and part E2 Environmental Conservation under Willoughby Local Environmental Plan 2012. Development for the purpose of an educational establishment is permissible with consent in both the R2 and SP2 zones, where works are proposed.

The Department of Education has consulted with the local community, Willoughby Council and State government agencies throughout the design of the development. Feedback provided through this time has been incorporated and addressed in final design and supporting documentation.

Environmental impacts associated with the proposed development have been the subject of detailed assessment, including impacts associated with built form, heritage, biodiversity and traffic/parking. The assessment finds that while the proposal will generate impacts, these impacts can generally be mitigated such that their outcomes are acceptable.

The proposed works have been assessed on balance as providing significant public benefit to the immediate local and surrounding district through the provision of increased enrolment capacities for both the primary and secondary aged students within new educational facilities.

This Environmental Impact Statement report has been prepared under Part 4 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, in accordance with the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment requirements for SSD 9483 issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, and Schedule 2 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000. The works proposed under this DA will be subject to the recommendations of specialist reports so as to ensure appropriate outcomes are achieved.

The proposed works have been designed to, and will be carried out in, the interests of the public. Theworks will meet the project objectives to provide additional capacity at both schools within high-quality,future-focussed learning and teaching facilities.

Accordingly, it is requested that the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces grant approval to the proposed State Significant Development application as set out in this report.

Summary details

You can access the full details HERE.

Submissions close 30 April 2020

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