Council meeting wrap up: September 2022

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Pop-up music could be back on the agenda.

Randwick Councillors met at the Prince Henry Centre in Little Bay on Tuesday 27 September 2022 for their monthly meeting. Numerous issues and topics were discussed by Councillors including updating the Coogee Rainbow to include the Pride Progress flag colours, a new pocket park at Carrington and Clovelly Roads, the possibility of a new Randwick Art Prize and much more.

The following is a summary of some of the matters discussed. To see the full Council reports and minutes check out the Council Meeting Business paper on Council’s website. Audio from the meeting is available on Council’s Youtube channel.

The Coogee Rainbow to include Pride Progress Flag
The Coogee Rainbow has become a well-known landmark and placemaking initiative in Randwick City. It celebrates diversity, inclusion and our LGBTQIA+ community. The current rainbow includes the six colours of the Pride Flag. Councillors voted to update the rainbow to include the extra five colours from the Pride Progress Flag. Councillors agreed on a design unanimously and endorsed the Coogee Rainbow to be included as part of the WorldPride ’45 Rainbows’ to mark the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

Clovelly and Carrington Road Pocket Park proceeds
The final concept design for the Clovelly Road Pocket Park at the intersection of Clovelly Road and Carrington Road has been approved. Council has been successful in receiving $3 million in grant funding from NSW Public Spaces Legacy Program to be allocated toward the funding of this project, which was identified as an area that needed upgrading in Council’s Clovelly Road Masterplan. Community consultation was undertaken with key stakeholders recognising community priorities and concerns. The proposal will now proceed to design development and documentation.

Street banner policy allows for artist opportunities
A new draft street banner policy will move to public exhibition. The policy includes the option for local community, cultural and artistic groups to hire the street banners as a gallery space for relevant artistic exhibitions and community messages. Applications to use the banners will be made through Council’s Community Investment Program to help fund the costs.

Free whale watching binoculars to be explored
With the increase in whale numbers travelling up and down our eastern seaboard, Councillors discussed the possibility of providing free public binoculars and signage in various locations along the popular Randwick City coastal walk. Community interest in whale watching during migration season is high and our coast provides several excellent vantage points for viewing whales. A report outlining the costs and locations of the proposed binoculars and signage will be compiled and presented back to Councillors to consider.

New Randwick Art Prize to be investigated
Councillors voted to investigate the creation of a new Randwick Art Prize for our creative community, with a theme focusing on art and health. The report will explore a partnership with UNSW and the Prince of Wales Hospital and consider including both youth and adult categories in an all-gender environment. Additionally, it will investigate ways of growing Randwick’s art collection through an acquisitive category.

Survey of bullying & harassment in Local Government
Councillors voted unanimously to endorse a motion that Local Government NSW calls on the State Government to undertake a state-wide survey and review of elected Councillors and local government staff on bullying, harassment, intimidation, and other harmful behaviours to improve workplace and Councillor safety.

Draft Community Engagement Strategy endorsed
The draft Community Engagement Strategy has been endorsed to proceed to public exhibition. The strategy proposes introducing minimum periods for public exhibition of all Council activities, notifying tenants about Development Applications, and holding minimum face-to-face engagement activities each year. The Community Engagement Strategy will replace the existing Community Participation Plan. Upon exhibition differences between the two strategies will be clearly outlined for community consideration.

Alfresco dining and summer music could be back
Council will explore the possibility of re-instating the annual pop-up music program. The program, which was part of Summer in Randwick City in 2020 brought live music to a variety of outdoor locations across our City. Additionally, a report into the possibility of including more alfresco dining options for local restaurants will be prepared. Both the pop -up music program and alfresco dining reports will be presented back to Councillors to be considered as part of the 2023-24 budget.

Last Updated: 28 September 2022
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