Each month, the week before the Council meeting, Councillors meet for the Planning and Engineering Services Committee and the Corporate and Community Development Committee meetings. As part of this process we go through the Bulletins that provide a summary of every department at the City. It’s an opportunity for Councillors to discuss issues and ask specific questions of the City officers.
Both meetings are open to the public, and start with public question time (just like the Council meeting). The Planning and Engineering Services Committee is held at 4pm on the Monday and the Corporate and Community Development Committee is held at 4pm on the Tuesday.
I’ve gone through the bulletins over the course of the weekend, and have put together a bit of a summary of some of the more interesting parts. As always, if you’ve any questions, I’m here to help.
Planning and Engineering Services Committee
Planning and Development Services Information Bulletin
The City’s SmartWatch service is a vehicle security patrol service and is one of our safety initiatives. The vehicles conduct regular, coordinated patrols in targeted areas to deter criminal activity.
All SmartWatch vehicles are fitted with surveillance cameras which can take a 360 degree external view of the vehicle’s surroundings. The vehicles also have the capability of being able to live stream to police. This recorded footage may be used by police to assist their investigations, and for evidence during a prosecution.
During the month of June, SmartWatch vehicles patrolled 40,179km of Rockingham streets and carried out;
- 71 Requests for attendance
- 57 Community Patrol Requests
- 51 Holiday Watch Requests
- 76 On Patrol Reports
- 38 Patrols of Known Hot-Spots
- 108 Field Reports to WA Police
SmartWatch can be contacted during office hours on 9528 0333 or from midday until 4am, seven days a week on 1300 657 123.
Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan – Stage 2
The draft CHRMAP is available for public comment until 6 August 2019. Three drop-in sessions have now been held, with approximately 80 residents attending overall to learn more about the CHRMAP and ask City Officers questions.
Baldivis Shopping Centre Carpark – Drainage Retrofit Works
The contract period for drainage works at the Baldivis Shopping Centre has been delayed due to recent heavy rains and is now scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Currently all the stormtrap units have been installed with the contractor now fitting the overlying inlet pits and levelling the sand infill ready for asphalting.
The secondary drainage collapse has been rectified and asphalted over. On recommendation by Cardno, all of the drainage pits in the area have been inspected with 4 additional pits found to have incorrectly fitted geofabric. Cardno assures the City that this has now been resolved.
Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan
With the ‘Design Drivers’ adopted by Council in June 2019, the project has moved to the Master Plan design phase. It is expected that the draft Master Plan will be tabled before Council for consent to advertise in September or October 2019 prior to which the matter will be discussed at a Councillor Engagement Session.
P3365 Cape Peron K Battery Complex Point Peron Road, Point Peron
The City received a letter from the Dept of Planning Lands and Heritage (DPLH) in June requesting input to their consideration of including the Cape Peron K Battery Complex on the Register of Heritage Places.
The City of Rockingham responded stating that we are in favour of the area being registered. The official decision will be made at a DPLH meeting in early August.
Engineering and Parks Services Information Bulletin
Asset Maintenance – Buildings
The dining room at the Autumn Centre was in need of painting maintenance to keep it in good condition and very presentable. As the room is heavily used during the week, it was decided to repaint the area over the weekend to minimise disruption and allow paint fumes to dissipate.
Baldivis Recreation Centre
Following extreme weather conditions, the ceiling in the foyer of the Baldivis Recreation Centre collapsed. Thankfully nobody was on site due to the timing of the event. The ceiling was removed and the site made safe with plastic fitted until the new ceiling was installed and finished.
Painting maintenance was completed in the health club, the RPM room and the front reception area. Painting at this site is challenging due to the busy operational schedule. With this in mind, plaster repairs and painting were completed between classes in the RPM room and out of hours in the health club.
Safety Bay Tennis Club
The ground surrounding one of the soak wells next to the clubroom had begun to collapse. The area was excavated and improvements made to pipework and soak wells to prevent reoccurrence.
Elanora Drive bus shelter
Students from Rockingham High School painted a mural on the bus shelter on Elanora Drive, near Rockingham Hospital. The project was arranged in partnership between the Health Department and the City to promote anti smoking messages. On completion of the mural, the bus shelter was coated in a clear anti-graffiti product to protect the artwork from vandalism.
Asset Maintenance – Reserves
The entry statement wall was heavily bore-stained which was affecting the visual appeal of the reserve. A number of products were examined to remedy the issue and a product and contractor were selected to carry-out the bore stain removal. The product is non-toxic and safe for the surrounding grass and also does not adversely affect the painted surface.
The handrail surrounding the lake at Carpentaria Reserve was faded with flaking paintwork. The entire balustrade was sanded and prepared before being repainted.
The rendered brick wall which surrounds the playground at Bridport had deteriorated with faded paint and salts showing through. Some repairs were made to the render in areas then the efflorescence was treated and the wall repainted. The wall again provides a functional and attractive surround to the playground and barbecue areas.
Monthly night time inspections are carried out by City contractors to all 3779 light poles. The results from June 2019 inspections confirmed that approximately 96% of the network is operational. Work requests are lodged for luminaries not operating correctly at the time of inspection.
Vandalism of assets is an ongoing issue for the City. Vandalism repairs take priority over other planned works as these issues invariably attract additional vandalism. In relation to specific acts of vandalism, there was a spate of thefts from several public toilets along the foreshore from Waikiki through to Shoalwater. These thefts ranged from stainless steel floor drain grates to the stripping of copper pipework and stainless steel sinks, with associated damage to doors and locks. The plumbing infrastructure has since been reinstated with Police reports lodged.
In addition to the thefts, there was also general vandalism damage caused at Churchill Park toilet, Bell Park Exeloo, Governor Road toilet, Harmony Park toilets, Victoria Street toilets, the Larkhill Bush toilet and Esplanade toilets.
At the Baldivis Youth Space, unfortunately vandals damaged beyond repair the drinking fountain only 72 hours after it was replaced. This is despite the new drinking fountain being specifically designed as an anti-vandal unit. Also 33 hand holds on the climbing wall were destroyed and scattered throughout the sand soft fall below the playground. Officers are currently discussing ways to reduce vandalism at the site through built-form, fit-out changes as well as community engagement.
Other issues experienced have included vandalism to park furniture items at The Harbour playground, Mike Barnett Sports Complex, Anniversary Park change rooms, Charnley Reserve, Blaxland Reserve, Oasis Reserve and Cud Swamp.
Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Stage One
The Boardwalk paving and decking has all been laid on each of the terraces. The top level of decking is progressing well. Furniture has been installed on the top level and lounge chairs have started to arrive on the middle terrace. Both sets of stairs have been completed. Construction of the slip lane from Patterson Road into Parkin Street has commenced with demolition, subbase and seal all completed. Adjacent pedestrian island and ramp modifications are underway. Railway Terrace finishing works are underway with trees and garden beds planted out, and light poles now in place and operational. The bus shelter artwork has been installed. Beach Plaza paving has been extended and preparation works for the remaining paving well underway. The eastern accessibility ramp has been poured, as has the stage area of the Lookout. Most of the lighting is now in place.
Fantasy Park Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting Renewal, Waikiki
This project consists of retrofitting new lights to existing light pole and the installation of 6 new poles. This project is complete.
Playground Replacement Programme
The current playground replacement programme for 2018/2019 is underway. All equipment has been ordered and is either being manufactured or has been installed.
- Hayes Water Reserve, Waikiki
- Balla Balla Reserve, Baldivis
- Benjamin Way Reserve, Rockingham
- Trustee Park, Baldivis
- Gidgi Way, Cooloongup
- Larkhill Hill, Secret Harbour
- Surf Drive Reserve, Secret Harbour
- Lewington Reserve, Rockingham
- City Park, Rockingham
Port Kennedy Drive (Ennis Avenue to Warnbro Sound Avenue), Port Kennedy
The project consists of constructing a new second carriageway (westbound) between Ennis Avenue and Warnbro Sound Avenue and conversion of the existing two-way carriageway (eastbound). Pavement construction works are in progress on the section between Ennis Avenue and Bakewell Drive.
Throughout June, City and contractor crews continued to plant advanced trees in various public open space areas throughout the City, with the aim of increasing canopy coverage. There have been more than 2000 trees planted this year, with more than 5000 advanced trees having been planted since the inception of the Greening Plan project.
Litter Debris Boom Installation, Bismarck Approach Drain – Lake Richmond Reserve
The Environmental team recently installed a litter debris boom at the Bismarck Approach drain to capture surface litter before it enters Lake Richmond Reserve. Information will be provided in future bulletins on the volume and type of litter collected in the boom.
Winter Revegetation Planting for the Environmental Reserves
June and July are preferred months for undertaking revegetation planting in non-irrigated Environmental Reserves, with more than 12000 plants planned to be planted over the period. During June the Environmental team planted in excess of 4000 plants throughout foreshore areas of Singleton, Golden Bay and Shoalwater, and Dixon Road Environmental Reserve. As a trial, protective plastic surrounds have not been installed for these plantings.
Mersey Point Sea Wall Design
The detailed design and documentation of the Mersey Point Seawall was completed in June 2019. The City shall program the capital construction of the seawall to commence in March/April 2020 prior to the onset of winter 2020.
Boat Ramp and Jetty Maintenance
The City has appointed marine civil contractors to undertake maintenance works at the following facilities; The following maintenance activities were completed during the month of June;
- Val Street Jetty – Lower Level Landing Maintenance
- Point Peron Boat Launching Facility – Jetty deck re-tightening of fixtures and fittings.
- Palm Beach Jetty – Lower Level Landing Handrail Repairs
Corporate and Community Development Committee
Corporate and General Management Services Information Bulletin
Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
The Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club has been approved to sublease the cafe section of the Club to Mataya Pty Ltd for an initial term of five years and an additional term of five years.
Local Government Elections 2019
Formal gazettal of the new ward boundaries and councillor representation has occurred. Liaison with the Western Australian Electoral Commission is underway for the October 2019 elections. Legislative changes have occurred in respect to requirements of candidates to undertake training, the implications of which is being investigated. A Candidate Information Session is tentatively scheduled for 22 August 2019.
Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
The above Bill has been passed by both houses of State Parliament. The amendments bring about a number of key changes.
Universal Training Universal training for local government election candidates and new Councillors is introduced. This comprises –
- Online induction for candidates prior to nominating
- Prescribe training for new Councillors
- Local government to adopt a ‘council member training policy’
- Annual reporting of training undertaken by elected members.
Council Member Behaviour
The introduction of a mandatory Code of Conduct for Council members. This Code will apply to candidates. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for Employees. There have been modifications to the minor breach provisions to include –
- Council members required to reimburse the local government the cost of the panel findings for an adverse breach.
- Time period for complaint reduced from two years to six months.
- Power to require mediation between parties.
Community Development Information Bulletin
Youth and Community Support Services
Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group
On Thursday 20 June 2019, 23 members of the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency group met at City of Rockingham. The group discussed the Ward Road camp site, the homeless people frequenting the foreshore area and the collaboration and support that is occurring within the agencies in attendance. The Department of Communities presented on accessing the Department of Housing and the supports that they would like from local agencies when a person is at risk of losing their tenancy. Homelessness week was discussed and a working party has been formed to address the stigmatisation of the homelessness and the collation of essential items for local service providers during homelessness week. A working party for the Night Cafe/Drop-In Centre has been developed to investigate options/funding for Rockingham.
Suicide to Hope
A Suicide to Hope workshop will be held on Monday 1 July 2019 at the Quest Apartments in Rockingham. This workshop presented by Living Works is clinician based training for those clinicians that have completed the Applied Intervention Suicide Skills Training (ASIST). This workshop has been promoted through the Service Provider and School networks within the City of Rockingham and is fully booked with an extensive waitlist.
Financial Wellness – 4 Part Series
Promotion for the first Financial Wellness workshop, being held at the Rockingham Central Library, has commenced through the City’s Facebook page. This four part series focuses on helping members in the community who are struggling with their finances. Each two hour session will include topics such as; budget creation, track your spending, review your budget and provide strategies on how to maintain your budget. The sessions will be held on four different dates in August, September and October 2019. With the first session commencing on Tuesday 13 August 2019.
Line Of Sight Leadership and Diversionary Program
The Line of Sight Program is a partnership with Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL) and the City of Rockingham. 15 local students from SMYL Community College, Rockingham Senior High School and Kolbe Catholic College will participate in the fortnightly program each Tuesday for 10 sessions from July to December 2019. The participants are aged between 14 and 16 years of age and have been nominated by their school and selected after individual student, parent and school interviews. The program will cover personal development topics through workshops and activities. Topics covered will be communication, healthy relationships, self-esteem, positive masculinity and femininity, team work, connection to culture and a graduation celebration. Youth worker support will be available throughout the program with case management available to all participants.
HER Space Program July 10,11,17,18 2019
Registrations are currently open for the HER (Hear, Empowered, Reminded of Worth) Space Program. The program will be delivered in partnership with AnglicareWA at Anglicare Rockingham, 14 Council Avenue, Rockingham during the July 2019 School Holidays for young women aged between 12 and 16 years. A variety of activities and workshops will be presented by the City of Rockingham Youth Workers, AnglicareWA Counsellors and external facilitators building the resilience and capacity in the young women attending.
The Youth Workers provided information, support, referral, advocacy and case management to 149 young people in local education settings. Presenting issues were mostly family and peer conflict and mental health issues.
City Partnerships Reduce Graffiti Incidents
Community Safety Officers recently formed a partnership with Rockingham Senior High School and South Metropolitan Health Services to design a locally inspired mural for the City owned bus shelter located outside the Rockingham General Hospital on Elanora Drive, Cooloongup. The design and painting was undertaken by Rockingham Senior High School students in consultation with a local artist over a two day period, with the City painters applying an anti-graffiti coating to the finished artwork on Thursday 20 June 2019. The initiative aims to reduce incidents of graffiti vandalism whilst providing a welcoming, bright space for residents using public transport from this location.
Community Safety Information Session – Karnup
Recent feedback received from Western Australia Police Force and residents living in the rural region of Karnup (bounded by Paganoni Road and Stakehill Road along Amarillo Drive) indicated an increased number of burglaries occurring in the area since February 2019 (compared to the same period in 2018). As a result, residents living in the rural part of Karnup were invited to a community safety information session held at the Golden Bay Community Centre on Thursday 30 May 2019. Approximately 70 Karnup residents attended the session and engaged with SmartWatch, Community Safety Officers and Western Australia Police Force representatives. Home security and personal safety information was provided and residents had the opportunity to discuss their concerns and seek feedback in relation to the criminal activity occurring within the area.
Mobile CCTV Plinth – Karnup
As a result of an increase in home burglaries that have occurred in the rural region of Karnup, additional surveillance in the form of a mobile CCTV plinth will be placed in the area. The CCTV mobile unit is scheduled for placement near the corner of Paganoni Road and Amarillo Road commencing week beginning 1 July 2019. The purpose of the unit placement will be to capture footage of vehicle movement in and out of the Karnup estate. Footage will be utilised by Western Australian Police Force for vehicle identification in instances of criminal activity.
Safety Subsidy Scheme
During the period Monday 6 May to Friday 7 June 2019, a total of 38 Safety Subsidy Scheme applications have been received. This represents a decrease of 18% compared to the same period for 2018. Of the applications approved this month, security doors and screens are the most popular safety product purchased.
Port Kennedy Skate Park – Construction
Works completed in June 2019:
- Completion of concrete pours to snake run and bowl
- Completion of top slabs
- Completion of the slabs to bank adjacent to snake run
Works scheduled for July 2019:
- Complete concrete pours to all smaller skate elements
- Installation of shade structures
- Complete concrete pours to lower slabs and basketball court
- Complete concrete pour to remaining large skate element
- Commencement of landscaping elements
Rockingham Youth Centre
Works completed in June 2019:
- Additional stakeholder consultation was held with three high schools (one from each ward), Junior Council and SMYL Community College to further inform the detailed design. 183 young people were consulted during this phase of the project.
- Concept plan was made available on Share Your Thoughts. Four comments were received.
- Presentation to Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee on Monday 24 June 2019.
Works scheduled for July 2019:
- Submission of funding application to Lotterywest
- Submission of Development Application
- The additional consultation has meant the commencement of the design development stage will commence in July 2019, instead of June 2019.
Community Grants Program
The 2018/2019 Community Grants Program (CGP) has a budget of $546,000 and $406,778 has been approved and committed to date. Since the previous bulletin, the following applications have been received:
Travel Subsidy Grants
14 applications, totalling $3,500.
Youth Encouragement Grants
5 applications totalling $1,580.
Major Event Sponsorship and Major Grants
2019/2020 CGP round one submissions were invited from eligible applicants for Major Grants, Major Event Sponsorship Grants and City Infrastructure Planning and Development Grants and closed 4.30pm Friday 3 May 2019. A total of 11 applications were received and classified into the following categories:
- Major Event Sponsorship – three applications
- Major Grants – eight applications
Letters of Appreciation – Travel Subsidy Grant
“I’d like to thank the City of Rockingham for awarding Michael Nvota the travel subsidy grant for attendance of the National Judo Championship in Queensland. Michael won gold medal in No Limits category under 50kg which he is exceptionally happy about. Kind Regards, Matej Nvota (dad)”
Change Maker Festival
The Change Maker Festival is a one day annual festival for young people to learn and collaborate on social innovation and change initiatives, community action and advocacy. The festival is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The Youth Reference Group have identified the following emerging issues to discuss at the festival; Climate Change, Youth Unemployment, Mental Health and Addiction and Family Domestic Violence.
Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition
The 2019 Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition will take place on Sundays throughout October 2019, with the Grand Final being held on Sunday 27 October 2019, in conjunction with the Foreshore Celebration weekend. The competition is being delivered by Take Eight Productions, with the primary targets of securing sponsorship and developing the marketing materials being planned this period. It is anticipated that the opportunity for musicians to enter the competition will open in late July 2019.
The next Council Meeting is being held tomorrow night, at 6pm. The full agenda, reports and all bulletins are available to download and review – as always – at the City of Rockingham website. The link is at the end of this article. If you’d like a quick summary, please read on.
Officers Reports and Recommendations of Council Committees
Planning and Engineering Services Committee
PD-040/18 Proposed Outdoor Events Policy (Final Adoption)
The purpose of the revised Outdoor Events Policy is to simplify the application process for smaller events and make it easier for organisers to gain the appropriate approvals from the City. It applies to all outdoor events involving pubic attendance including those on private land. The Outdoor Events Guidelines were drafted to assist Event Organisers with planning an event that complies with the various legislative requirements, as well as being able to successfully obtain the relevant approvals from the City. Council approval is only required to adopt the Outdoor Events Policy, however, the Outdoor Events Guidelines were also included during the advertising period to provide additional clarification.
PD-041/18 Proposed Council Policy – Single Use Plastic and Balloons
It is widely accepted that single use plastics, such as bottles, cutlery and straws have many environmental, social and economic impacts. Despite this, historical data has shown that global demand for this product has increased dramatically with more plastic produced in the first 10 years of this century than in the 100 years prior.
Currently only a very small percentage of these plastics are being recovered by recycling streams and those items which are recycled are generally only used once more before eventually entering landfill. Other items such as balloons cannot be recycled and easily escape from the waste stream. Unfortunately, much of this plastic and other waste ends up in the environment where it is having a severe impact on the health of natural ecosystems. Scientists have predicted that plastics will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050.
Plastics and other litter entering the marine environment does not biodegrade but rather breaks up into smaller pieces over time, making it is easy for wildlife to ingest allowing toxins to bioaccumulate in the food chain. This is as much a universal issue as it is a local one. Research undertaken by Murdoch University on Penguin Island has identified that plastic pollution has a significant impact on local seabird communities including pelicans, terns and penguins.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has also identified significant impact on local sea lion populations. Volunteer-led beach clean-ups carried out by Sea Shepherd in the local area found that of the 818kgs of marine debris collected over the last 12 months, 68% of the items were made of plastic.
In this regard, Council previously resolved to support a state wide ban on plastic bags in December 2016, prior to the ban coming into effect in July 2018. This position acknowledged the environmental impact of plastic bags, and the need to mitigate this risk particularly with a coastal and marine environment such as Rockingham’s.
Broadening the focus from just plastic bags, bans and minimisation strategies are fast becoming the status quo in many cities, prompting a new benchmark for tackling the universal issue of single use plastic. For example:
- Town of Cottesloe was the first Council in Western Australia to ban the release of helium balloons.
- Earlier this year, City of Bayswater announced it is to ban single use plastics including balloons, water bottles and straws at its premises and events.
- Similarly, Town of Bassendean announced a ban on single use plastics from events organised or sponsored by the Council.
- City of Fremantle has a Sustainable Events Guideline and Checklist which will form part of its proposed Sustainable Events Policy, to address single use plastics at events.
- Cities of Kwinana, Cockburn, Joondalup, Mandurah, Nedlands and Town of Victoria Park have all banned the use or release of balloons in some way.
- Brisbane City Council has committed to banning plastic straws, helium balloons and single use plastic bottles.
- Darebin City Council in Victoria has banned balloons, water bottles and other plastics including bags, straws and cups from being used or sold on Council land.
- Seattle became the first city in the United States to ban plastic straws and utensils at all food service businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, food trucks and institutional cafeterias.
- Other US cities such as New York City, Miami Beach, Florida, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, Oakland, Berkeley have all banned the use of disposable plastic straws.
- Disposable coffee cups have been banned in Scotland’s Government buildings and an expert panel is looking into action on further disposable items such as cups and straws.
- London has announced a plan to introduce a levy on takeaway coffee cups, followed by a complete ban on plastic water bottles.
- The pacific island nation of Vanuwatu became the first nation in the world to legally ban the use of plastic straws and other single use plastics, which came into effect on 1 July 2018.
- India’s capital city Delhi, banned all forms of disposable plastic including bags, cutlery, plates, cups and other single use items in 2017. Other parts of India have issued similar bans
Further to the examples noted above, it is known that single use plastics are often associated with takeaway items, making them pervasive at food markets, stalls and events. It was estimated that through events hosted in the City alone, an average of 180,900 pieces of single use plastic are generated annually.
PD-045/18 Proposed Child Care Premises
The site falls within the Paradiso Estate (Lots 14, 15 and 299 Kerosene Lane, Baldivis) and is located within the Baldivis Spud Shed Neighbourhood Centre. The Paradiso Estate Structure Plan was adopted by Council in July 2011 and last modified in October 2014.
The applicant seeks Development Approval for a Child Care Premises on the corner of Chilvers Street and McDonald Road opposite the Spud Shed shopping centre. Details of the proposal are as follows:
14 staff members will operate the business; and The business will accommodate 82 children.
The applicant provided the following documents in support of the application:
- Planning Report;
- Contour and Feature Survey;
- Development Plans;
- Environmental Noise Assessment; and
- Traffic Impact Assessment.
PD-046/18 Proposed Marina
The concept of a jetty development extending from Wanliss Street originated almost 30 years ago.
In 1989, the Council granted development approval for the Wanliss Street jetty, which comprised a pier extending from the public carpark at Wanliss Street and a range of tourist related uses, but did not include a marina. The development approval was renewed in 1991 and subsequently lapsed.
In 1998, the Council revived the Wanliss Street jetty project by seeking expressions of interest from private developers to establish a facility.
In February 1999, the Council resolved to endorse the selection of the Rockingham Beach Unit Trust (Trust) as the developer for the Wanliss Street Jetty project. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was executed by the Trust and the City, which committed the Trust to achieving approval and development timeframes, however, in the period since the MOU was executed, the Trust did not satisfy the terms of the MOU.
In 2003, the current proponent subsequently entered into a seabed lease for an area of 5,000m² with the Department for Planning and Infrastructure (now Department of Transport), to secure land tenure for a proposed marina. This seabed lease is for a term of 21 years with an option to extend for a further 21 years. The proposed marina has a much larger marine footprint (approximately 90,000m²) than the 5,000m² approved seabed lease.
In 2008, the proponent sought an extension of time for development milestones contained within the lease agreement. In addition, the proponent sought to extend the area of seabed lease from 5,000m² to an area commensurate with the proposed development. The Department of Transport is yet to formally include the additional area in the seabed lease.
On 18 February 2010, the Minister for Environment issued a statement that the marina proposal may be implemented (Ministerial Approval) pursuant to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, subject to various conditions. This was valid for a period of five years, expiring in February 2016. In 2016, at the request of the proponent, the Minister for Environment extended the Environmental Approval until February 2020. The Ministerial approvals are contained in an Attachment to the RAR report.
On 13 December 2010, the City received an application seeking Development Approval for a proposed marina.
In September 2011, Council resolved to advise the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) of its support the proposed marina that included:
- An open pile pier extending from the end of the Wanliss Street carpark into Mangles Bay and a 770m long breakwater extending north east, parallel to the shoreline;
- Approximately 500 boat pens;
- Commercial and temporary boat mooring facilities;
- 4,000m² of commercial floorspace; and
- 600 car parking bays, which includes an extension of the Wanliss Street carpark, on street car bays and car parking provided on the breakwater.
In February 2012, the WAPC granted development approval to the marina. The development approval lapsed in February 2015.
On 26 February 2018, the City formally received a fresh development application for the proposed Port Rockingham Marina (“the Marina”). Given that the cost of development was over $10 million, the application constituted a Development Assessment Panel (DAP) application.
The application includes the following elements:
- An open pile pier extending from the end of the Wanliss Street carpark approximately 200m into Mangles Bay, connecting to the breakwater;
- A 770m long marina breakwater/ groyne encompassing 497 boat pens;
- Two public jetties;
- Refuelling, sullage and water supply facilities for boats;
- 13 ground floor commercial tenancies (inclusive of a hotel restaurant) with a total nett lettable area of 3,166m² plus al fresco;
- 91 short stay accommodation units on a second level;
- Extension of the existing 83 bays within the Wanliss Street car park to provide a total of 216 bays;
- 135 car bays on the marina breakwater to provide parking for the boat pens and for hotel staff;
- 217 additional on-street parking bays proposed within the Wanliss Street road reserve between Kent Street and Patterson Road;
- 231 on-street car parking bays proposed within the Rockingham Beach Road reserve between Wanliss Street and Victoria Street.
In addition to the development application report, the following supporting technical reports were received:
- Traffic Impact Assessment;
- Bushfire Management Plan and Emergency Evacuation Plan;
- Coastal Adaptation Plan;
- Foreshore Management Plan;
- Marina Waterways Monitoring and Management Plan;
- Draft Construction Management Plan; and
- Waste Management Plan.
The primary difference between the 2012 approved plans and 2018 application plans relates to the hotel/short stay accommodation component included in the current application, replacing the second floor commercial office floor space that formed part of the previous approval.
Subsequent to public advertising, and in response to a request for additional information, the applicant submitted an amended development application, which was received by the City and forwarded to the WAPC and DAP Secretariat on 18 June 2018.
The modifications to the original plans include:
- Two public fishing platforms were added;
- A reduction in the number of commercial tenancies to 12, with a total net lettable area of 2,689m² plus alfresco;
- Two additional short stay accommodation units included, increasing the total to 93 short stay accommodation units proposed on the second level;
- 6 drop off car parking bays added near the hotel entry on the pier;
- Amended plans to show the proposed extension of the existing 83 bays within the Wanliss Street car park to provide 115 additional bays (198 bays in total);
- Amended plans to show 195 additional on-street parking bays proposed within the Wanliss Street road reserve, between Kent Street and Patterson Road;
- Amended plans to show 179 additional on-street car parking bays proposed within the Rockingham Beach Road reserve between Wanliss Street and Victoria Street.
- Provision for Commercial charter boat mooring on the western side of the breakwater is no longer proposed.
Corporate and Community Development Committee
CS-015/18 Approval to Advertise Council Policy, Self-Supporting Loans by Incorporated Associations
The City has been providing self-supporting loans to community organisations for many years.
The current Council Policy – Self Supporting Loans by Incorporated Associations was adopted in October 2009. It sought to provide more rigour to the general principles surrounding self-supporting loans and reduce the risk of payment default by incorporated associations. Since 2010, only one community organisation has accessed this loan facility.
In 2010, the City developed the Community Infrastructure Plan and Business Plan documents containing timelines and costings for community facilities based on strategic need and recreation science.
The adoption of the Council Policy – Sports and Community Facility Provision in 2017, defined the minimum standards and dimensions for sports and community facilities. This infrastructure is provided at no cost to incorporated associations.
GM-024/18 Rockingham Renaissance Technopole Inc.
To seek Council approval to underwrite operating losses for the Not for Profit entity, Rockingham Renaissance Technopole Inc. to a maximum value of $250,000 per year for the first two years of operation ($500,000 in total).
GM-025/18 Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978 – Appointment of Authorised Officers
For Council to appoint authorised persons under the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978.
The Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978 is the statutory head of power to prohibit the use of vehicles in certain places and to control the use of vehicles otherwise than on a road. It also provides for areas where the use of off-road vehicles shall be permitted, for the registration of off-road vehicles, and for other related purposes.
A review of the City’s delegations has determined that the Control of Vehicles (Off-road Areas) Act 1978 is not a delegation but rather an authorisation. An ‘authorised person’ or class of person must be appointed to exercise the power under the legislation.
GM-027/18 Various Committee Vacancies (Absolute Majority)
To fill various committee and representational vacancies as a consequence of the resignation of Cr Matthew Whitfield from those appointments. To fill a vacancy on the Global Friendship Committee due to the resignation of Cr Joy Stewart as a member.
The Acting Chief Executive Officer received notice dated 10 July 2018 of Cr Matthew Whitfield’s resignation from the following Council committee and representational appointments.
- Member – Planning and Engineering Services Committee
- Member – City Safe Advisory Committee
- Member – RoadWise Advisory Committee
- Deputy Member to Cr Downham – Corporate and Community Development Committee
- Deputy Member – Community Grants Program Committee
- Deputy Member to Cr Burns – Tourism Strategy Development Advisory Committee
Cr Whitfield represented the Council on the following organisations/agencies:
- Representative – Local Government Association – South Metropolitan Zone
- Representative – South West Reference Group
- Representative – Tourism Rockingham
- Deputy Representative to Cr Elliott – South West District Planning Committee
The Acting Chief Executive Officer also received notice dated 30 July 2018 from Cr Joy Stewart resigning from the Global Friendship Committee.
GM-028/18 2018 Customer Satisfaction Survey
To seek Council endorsement of proposed changes in the printing and distribution of the Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey.
This report proposes the random sample to be reduced from 10,000 to 2,000 postal surveys. This is to be complemented with e-mail distribution of 2,000 emails to randomly selected households from the City’s database. This approach should provide a minimum of 400 completed surveys, which would be the requirement to achieve statistical rigour and validity.
Since its inception in 2009, the Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey has been sent out by post to a random selection of households. Initially the sample size was 4,000 households and in 2013 it was increased to 7,000.
On 26 July 2015 a Notice of Motion was put forward by Cr Whitfield, requesting the random sample to be increased to 10,000. This motion was approved by Council on 25 August 2015, and since then a random sample of 10,000 Customer Satisfaction Surveys is distributed annually.
Reducing the number of printed surveys from 10,000 to 2,000, and not undertaking a second mail out as reminder to households would reduce the costs by $29,080 (estimation is based on 2017 costs). This option, in combination with e-mail distribution to a random sample of 2,000 households would present the best cost-benefit value, and still provide responses that fall within the required statistical rigour and validity.
GM-029/18 City of Rockingham Scholarship and Award Scheme for Local Schools
In 1998 the City adopted the Scholarship and Awards Scheme for Local Schools with the intent to provide students with recognition and reward for high standards of performance on completion of year 7, 10 and 12.
Awards in the sum of $100 are presented to students in year 7, 10 and 12. Schools may select one year 10 student to receive a scholarship of $400. These are presented to students at an afternoon tea function hosted by the City in March of the following year.
In addition to the above Award Scheme, book vouchers in the sum of $25 are sent to schools for presentation to selected students at end of year assembly however there is no policy provision around the award of these vouchers.
It needs to be noted that primary school students now graduate to high school at the completion of Year 6.
Letters outlining the scheme together with forms to be completed are sent to primary and high schools in the area during the month of August. The completed forms are to be returned to the City before the end of Term 3.
Primary schools are also offered $25 book vouchers. The book vouchers are not covered by Council Policy. Primary schools may select 2 students from year 6 to each receive a $25 book voucher. The vouchers are presented by Councillors to students at individual school end of year assembly.
In 2017 the City provided $1,250 worth of book vouchers made up of 48 x $25 book vouchers to local primary schools and 1 x $50 voucher to Rockingham Senior High School Education Support Centre.
The Scholarship and Award Scheme awarded a total of $6,700 made up of 6 x $400 scholarships and 43 x $100 awards. These were presented at an afternoon tea function held on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at the Gary Holland Community Centre with approx. 200 in attendance at a cost of $5,000.
It is estimated that over 100 staff hours are spent on the School Book Awards and Scholarship scheme between the initial letters, phone calls and over 300 emails to schools and guardians to gather the information required for the Afternoon Tea in February/ March.
CD-020/18 Final Koorana Reserve Master Plan 2018
Koorana Reserve which is Crown Land with the Management Order issued to the City of Rockingham for the purpose of public recreation is located at Lot 4240, Royal Palm Drive, Warnbro, and is over 68,000m2 in size. An existing shared use agreement is in place with the Koorana Primary School. The reserve is currently utilised by the Port Kennedy Soccer Club (PKSC) as their home ground, and as an overflow competition venue for the Peel Cricket Association (PCA) and Peel Cricket Junior Association (PCJA).
The City of Rockingham has many active sporting reserves, however a number of these are single oval – neighbourhood level reserves – and do not have the capacity to accommodate multiple playing spaces.
In recent years there have been a range of requests to the City for improvements to the amenities on the reserve including; additional playing space, the development of additional change rooms, increased storage, larger kitchen/canteen, and a larger social area, and improved floodlighting. Due to the age and limitations of the facility and reserve, together with the growth of the user groups, a number of these issues were required to be addressed and supported the need to develop an action plan to improve the facilities for existing and future users.
Further to the above requests received from the PKSC, the Hillman Hornets Cricket Club (HHCC) have recently expressed demand for further playing space, as they have outgrown their current facility at Shoalwater Oval. The club requires a home venue that can accommodate two full sized senior cricket fields with supporting infrastructure.
To ensure the City has a common vision for the reserve, and so community spaces like Koorana Reserve are planned professionally, the development of the Koorana Reserve Master Plan (KRMP) has been completed. The KRMP investigates the standards of provision and the possibilities for improving the reserve to best meet the community’s current and future needs.
CD-021/18 Cultural Development and the Arts Strategy
The Draft Cultural Development and the Arts (CDATA) Strategy 2018-2022 was endorsed for public comment for a period of four weeks concluding on Wednesday 20 June 2018.
The City received 13 submissions, all generally supporting the key elements of the draft strategy. Key themes from the comments were:
- the Rockingham Arts Centre is inadequate for the arts community and the poor functionality of the facility
- the Gary Holland Community Centre was not represented in the strategy as a community facility for the arts
- that current facilities were not suitable to encompass all of the arts; and that the, expansion of the arts within Rockingham would be impeded.
The City’s Art Collection was another area that appeared in several comments, in particular the curatorship and lack of policy to ensure its integrity and professionalism.
The feedback provided during the public comment period was positive and supported the strategy in principle. In regards to the concerns within the public comments the following amendments have been made to the strategy.
- The addition of the International Listing of the Arts definition has been included in the International Context on page 7 and added to the References on page 31.
- The previous findings for a Contemporary and Performing Arts Centre have now been included into the Cultural Development and the Arts Strategy at 3.4.2.
- Reference to the other mediums provided through Rockingham Regional Arts has been added to Page 13.
- New Actions – Key Element 4 – Public Art and Art Collection
- Task three has been amended to ‘Develop a policy and guidelines for the Public Art and Moveable Art Collection to guide the acquisition, maintenance, display and disposal of the City’s art collections’. An additional $20,000 has been added to the strategy in order to gain professional advice from artists, curators and experts, on how to do this.
- New Actions – Key Element 5 – Rockingham Arts Centre
- Task one has been amended to include the promotion of the Gary Holland Community Centre particularly for larger/overflow exhibitions/activities. This task now reads: “Promote the Rockingham Arts Centre as a major hub of arts practice and activity and the Gary Holland Community Centre for larger/overflow events/activities within the Rockingham region.”
- Task two has been removed and included within task one as the two tasks were repetitive.
- A new task has been added to include: “Review of the building, operations, security, staffing, usage and fee structure of the Rockingham Arts Centre”. $20,000 has been added in order to obtain professional advice/direction on these matters, particularly the building/fit out as an exhibition art space.
- A new task has been added to include: “If deemed financially feasible, upgrade of the Rockingham Arts Centre following the review outcomes”. Costs for this action are currently unknown and listed as ‘to be confirmed’ (TBC).
- Reference to staffing has been removed (Ongoing Actions – Key Element 5 – task 4 in the draft ‘establish permanent staff presence at Rockingham Art Centre’). Staffing is an operational matter that will be captured as part of the RAC review (New actions – Key Element 5, task 2).
- In terms of actioning tasks, the 2017/2018 dates have been amended to 2018/2019 to reflect the appropriate years of the implementation. As a consequence other commencement and completion dates have also been amended to a later year.
- Some additional changes have been made to the main body of the document to reflect the changes to the tasks
Receipt of Information Bulletin
The Bulletins are the method the City uses to official keep the Councillors up to date with what’s happening in each department. As always, they are available to download and view on the City’s website.
Planning Services Bulletin
This Bulletin covers issues from;
- Health Services
- Building Services
- Compliance and Emergency Liaison
- Strategic Planning and Environment
- Land and Development Infrastructure
- Statutory Planning
- Planning and Development Directorate
- Planning and Development Directorate
- Bush Fire Advisory Committee
- Heritage Reference Group
Engineering and Parks Services Bulletin
This Bulletin covers issues from;
- Engineering and Parks Services Directorate
- Asset Services
- Infrastructure Project Delivery
- Parks Services
- Engineering Services
- Advisory Committee Minutes
- Coastal Facilities Advisory Committee
- Road Wise Advisory Committee
Corporate and General Management Services Bulletin
This Bulletin covers issues from;
- Corporate Services
- Governance and Councillor Support
- Human Resource Development
- Strategy and Corporate Communications
- Investment Attraction
- Legal Services and General Counsel
- Advisory Committee Minutes
- Australia Day Awards Selection Panel
- CEO Performance Review Committee
- Customer Service Review Committee
- Global Friendship Committee
- Governance Review Committee
- Tourism Strategy Development Advisory Group
Community Development Bulletin
This Bulletin covers issues from;
- Community Support and Safety Services
- Library Services
- Community Infrastructure Planning
- Community Capacity Building
- Community and Leisure Facilities
- Advisory Committee Minutes
- Christmas Festival Occasional Committee
- City Safe Advisory Committee
- Community Grants Program Committee
- Cultural Advisory Committee
- Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
- Rockingham Education & Training Advisory Committee
- Seniors Advisory Committee
- Sports Advisory Committee
Motions of which Previous Notice has been given
Planning and Development Services
PD-039/18 Notice of Motion – Cape Peron – Conservation/Geo/Eco Park
1. DIRECTS the CEO to produce a report of all possible options for a conservation/Geo/Eco park at Cape Peron. This should include all possible sources of revenue and economic development opportunities.
2. DIRECTS the CEO to put the best option from part one (selected by Council) into the Tourism strategy.
PD-047/18 Alternate Motion – Cape Peron Reserve
That Council SUPPORTS the classification of Cape Peron Reserve 48968 being transferred to Class A.
The current Notice of Motion causes the deferred part (ii) of Cr Stewart’s Alternate Motion in June 2018 to lapse and a response will not be provided.
The reasons for Cr Stewart’s current Notice of Motion are provided below:
Class A has the greatest degree of protection, requiring approval of Parliament to amend the reserve’s purpose or area. The A classification is used solely to protect areas of high conservation or high community value.
In 1968 the Commonwealth confirmed that the land must NOT be used “For Private Industrial, Commercial or Residential Development”.
“The Community’s Vision for Cape Peron” (also known as Point Peron) was launched on 14 March 2012. It is based upon the vision expressed by the community over several decades, including the 1964 Commonwealth / State Agreement and the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Management Plan.
In 1964 the land at Point (Cape) Peron was transferred from the Commonwealth to the State, subject to agreement that its future use would be “RESTRICTED TO A RESERVE FOR RECREATION AND /OR PARK LANDS”
In 1968 the Commonwealth confirmed that the land must NOT be used “For Private Industrial, Commercial or Residential Development”.
Note that in November 2011 the Commonwealth confirmed it expects the WA Government to “Honour the undertakings previously given” in relation to the land at Cape Peron.
From 1964 until now, the people of Western Australia have been waiting for the 1964 vision to be realised, including making Cape Peron an “A” Class Reserve.
An A Class Reserve at Cape Peron would meet the City’s Strategic Community Plan 2015 – 2025 goal of a sustainable environment in which “coastal and bushland reserves are well used and sustainably managed preserving them for future generations to enjoy.”
Cape Peron being made into a Class A Reserve will draw more visitors to the area and be linked by walk and cycle trails as well as by vehicle, thus being in close accord with the City’s future plans. The ultimate would be for Cape Peron to be retained for future generations to be used and developed the same as Kings Park.
RLRPMP 2010 (Rockingham Lakes Regional Parks Management Plan page 8) “At Cape Peron (Reserve C48968) has already been transferred to the Conservation Commission and vested as a 5(1)(h) reserve for the purpose of Recreation. These tenure arrangements are an interim step until the status of the Mangles Bay Marina Tourist Precinct has been resolved. At that time the reserve will be converted to Class A and vested for the purpose of a Conservation Park.” Clearly justifies/reinforces/underscores/underlines/supports/aligns with the DBCA Minister’s intentions as in correspondence of 26th March 2018 of converting reserve 48968 to Class A vested for the purpose of ‘Conservation Park’.
Comments from Tim Fisher (DBCA) recorded in minutes of Point Peron Rehabilitation Committee meeting held 7 June 2018 in Appendix 3, of Planning Services Agenda 16 July 2018. “7.0 that Point Peron is a class ‘C’ reserve and it is proposed to change to a class ‘A’ reserve which seems likely to occur. DBCA will be undertaking a review of the recreation masterplan for Point Peron in the light of the state government decision not to approve the Mangles Bay Marina project. The recreation masterplan forms part of the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Management Plan 2010 (p73).
There were no other changes proposed to the management plan for the park at this stage. There will be consultation occurring with the City and other stakeholders. Timeframes are still being reviewed but the intention is to involve the City of Rockingham in the recreation planning process.”
In my personal opinion the facilities that Cape Peron needs are ~
Environmental, educational awareness opportunities e.g. interpretative nature trails, indigenous interpretative sites, walk and cycle paths, picnic shelters, lookouts, lighting, public toilets, fishing platforms and short term accommodation and/or a caravan park, for instance. The land utilised for the people of Rockingham and visitors to enjoy the space with new facilities for recreation and access to enhance visitor experiences as well as having protection for the environment. All of this could be realised if the State Government recognises it as a Class A Reserve. One would think it would be easy as it was gifted by the Commonwealth to the State for that reason, but it is not, hence my Notice of Motion!
It’s going to be a big meeting this month with plenty on the Agenda; appointing new members to the various Advisory Committees, appointing Councillors to fill the vacancies left by Councillor Stewart and Councillor Whitfields resignation from a number of committees, updating the Outdoor Events Policy, and a proposal for a new ban on Single Use Plastics, Self supporting loans to community groups, the Rockingham Renaissance Technopole, debt collection, verge collection, Koorana Reserve Master Plan adoption, the Cultural Development and the Arts Strategy, and once again debate over the future of Point Peron.
The complete August Agenda, Reports and Information Bulletins can be found at the City of Rockingham website here, as can the minutes of all previous meetings.