Eddy/Devilliers Heritage

EddyConservationAreaClr. Saville provided additional information about this proposal. She reported that her “family and I compiled the nomination for the (b) Eddy/DeVilliers Conservation area. Anyone can submit a heritage nomination. Nominations are then assessed each term of council by heritage consultants, and councillors make decisions based on the advice of the consultants and community feedback.  The heritage architects/consultants report recommended the Eddy DeVilliers Conservation Area proceed as it was consistent with criteria for listing.”

Inter alia from fieldwork the consultants had found that 46 out of 70 houses were highly intact. However, in 2018 an independent local planning panel concluded that the area wasless unified than the consultant’s narrative seems to suggest and the quality of both individual and groups of California Bungalows and other inter-war period homes are not outstanding. The Panel noted that as the area is not exceptional overall, listing may dilute the value of existing heritage conservation areas.

Council hosted a residents meeting and concluded that the overall outcome of the discussion was not in favour of listing.

The Officer’s recommendations to Council was not proceed with the listing to make Eddy Road and De Villiers Avenue a Heritage Conservation Area.

Councillors adopted the Officer’s recommendation.

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RNS Hospital

Proposals for RNSH

RNSH

 

Refer following link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/news/new-vision-for-royal-north-shore-hospital     It states: key features of the transformation include:

  • Affordable key worker accommodation (to support the Northern Sydney Local Health District) and ‘build to rent’ apartments
  • New commercial office space to support the broader health and education precinct (including office space, retail and short stay accommodation)
  • A new educational facility
  • 6000m2 additional public domain and open space
  • Adaptive re-use of heritage buildings
  • Improved connectivity and pedestrian access to public transport
  • Additional car parking for commercial, retail and residential uses.

The government will shortly undertake a detailed consultation program. Details of the consultation activities and events will be made available shortly.

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Library services

library On the subject of the library and the services it provides, some years back Willoughby Council pulled out of the Shorelink service; the reason given was that this would enable the Library to implement initiatives it could not do while within Shorelink. Could you outline what these were and which ones have been implemented?

Can Willoughby get a click and deliver/collect library service? In addition to the Northern Beaches, Ku-ring-gai now offers a similar service.

As a consequence of the Council withdrawal from Shorelink, I became a member of more libraries and some services/initiatives Willoughby could consider include:

  • North Sydney and Ku-ring-gai Libraries will hold (reserve) a book at no cost, provided it is on the shelf. And Ku-ring-gai will send the book to any of its 4 libraries for easy pick up.
  • Stanton Library has philosophy discussion groups and marks World Philosophy Day which is pertinent as libraries are about learning/thinking.
  • The State Library allows any member, not just students, to book its study rooms.

And finally, I have a question – why is it that Chatswood library does not open for a full day on Sunday?

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New facilities sooner?

KennethSlessorParkChanges to ‘S94’ funds: For decades Councils have been collecting funds for developers for the provision of new community facilities that will be needed because of increased development. This was a long and complex process. Funds could be collected for a variety of facilities such as open space, footpaths, local roads, childcare etc. Council was required to develop a plan for each type of facility. Any development had to be directly identified as requiring a specific facility. Funds collected in one area could not be used in another area.

A big problem was that typically a single development did not generate enough funds to for the building of a specific facility. It takes literally years for enough money to be collected before Council improvements are fully funded and can start. In the interim, the collected funds sit in trust fund accounts (the money cannot be used for any other purpose) collecting interest (sometimes).

The government is reviewing its legislation to make it easier for Councils to spend the monies they have collected. We could see monies collected for a facility in West Ward allocated to a project in Artarmon etc.

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Green bans

Mundey

Jack Mundey

A father of the Green Bans movement (Jack Mundey) died recently.

When it was proposed to demolish the Chatswood Railway Station to create the new Transport Interchange, the Willoughby District Historical Society called on Jack Mundey of Green Bans fame to lend his support. Green Bans were well and truly a thing of the past at that stage but Jack went to a Council meeting to argue for the preservation of the Station.

‘Green bans’ became household terms for Sydneysiders during the 1970s. A remarkable form of environmental activism was initiated by the Builders Labourers Federation (BLF) under the leadership of Jack Mundey, Joe Owens and Bob Pringle. The BLF refused to work on projects that were environmentally or socially undesirable. This green bans movement, as it became known, was the first of its type in the world.

The green bans were of three main kinds:

  • to defend open spaces from various kinds of development;
  • to protect existing housing stock from demolition intended to make way for freeways or high-rise development; and
  • to preserve older-style buildings from replacement by office-blocks or shopping precincts.

Mundey and Owens, along with about a hundred of the union’s most committed activists, were members of the Communist Party of Australia, which at this stage was subject to New Left influences; Bob Pringle was a member of the Australian Labor Party.

In a letter to the Sydney Morning Herald in January 1972, Mundey articulated the union’s principles:

Yes, we want to build. However, we prefer to build urgently-required hospitals, schools, other public utilities, high-quality flats, units and houses, provided they are designed with adequate concern for the environment, than to build ugly unimaginative architecturally-bankrupt blocks of concrete and glass offices…

Our Secretary became involved with the Jack Mundey and the Green Ban movement when he was a Town Planner at the City of Sydney Council. The state government had rezoned Wooloomoloo for high rise Council was working to keep it for low income housing and to save the wonderful terrace housing in Victoria St at the Cross. There was a meeting between the Jack Mundey and local activist Juanita Nielson and Council working on a strategy to counter Sid Londish’s development ambitions. Londish had submitted an outrageous DA. The next day two things happened. The building on the land Londish had bought mysteriously burnt down. Plus Juanita disappeared, never to be seen again.

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Childcare funding

ChildcareThe state government childcare centre funding to be rolled out shortly.

The Department of Education has been working with local government representatives to ensure the NSW Government’s $82 million funding package for council-run childcare centres is rolled out and payments made efficiently to best meet the needs of service providers.

NSW was the first State to bridge the funding gap for council-run early childhood services.

This new model of funding and its design and therefore delivery will take time. Clarification from the Commonwealth on aspects of the JobKeeper model and how that would impact council childcare centres was also required before finalising the model.

Payments for the first three-month period will be made as a one-off lump sum in June. Payments will be backdated to April 6. This simple and practical solution was worked through with representatives from local government.

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The Concourse

TheConcourseClr Saville asked a series of questions about The Concourse.

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  1. All 12 tenancies at The Concourse are tenanted.
  2. In the past 12 months only one tenant (Terrazza) has left upon the expiry of their lease. The tenancy has been re-leased.
  3. The income for The Concourse has been affected by vacancies; rent free periods associated with incentives for new tenants and more recently the Covid-19 pandemic. The reduction of income compared to the original 2019/2020 estimates is approximately $933k. The $933k is comprised of:

3.1. First quarter adjustment – $587k. This was reported to Council as part of the Quarter 1 budget review at its 11 November 2019 meeting. This amount is a combination of vacancies at that time and rent free period for shop 2. Council was advised of the rent free period for Shop 2 at its meeting on 10 February 2020.

3.2. Third quarter adjustment – Covid-19 rental waivers – $258k. This was reported to Council at its extraordinary meeting of the 30 March 2020, and forms part of Council’s Business Support Plan.

3.3. Third quarter adjustment – rent free periods for Shops 1 and 2 – $88k. Council was advised of the rent free period for Shop 2 at its meeting of the 10 February 2020. The adjustment will be be incorporated into the third quarterly budget review report for Council’s consideration.

  1. The adjustment of The Concourse income was reported to Council in the First Quarterly

Budget Review report tabled at the Council meeting held on 11 November 2019. The

extraordinary Council meeting on 30 March 2020 also foreshadowed estimates of the income loss due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

5. There is currently one tenancy at The Concourse in arrears that Council is pursuing under legal means.

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