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Do you have any comments on Council's draft Operational Plan for 2012-13?

over 7 years ago

You can see the draft Operational Plan in the site library.

This consultation has concluded.

  • terrylustig over 7 years ago
    The item 9D.1 'Implement appropriate traffic measures around Kensington –West Kingsford' appears to be still at the stage of designing and planning, since it does not seem to be in the Budget.This runs counter to my understanding that the first stage of works was proposed for the coming financial year. Could you let me know what is to happen please?Terry Lustig, Kensington
    • InfrastructureBeforeTowers over 7 years ago
      It gets worse Terry the more you look at the document.How's this for rubbery figures. When RCC put out all the info on the "Community Building Levy" with much hype it said it would raise $34.8m over 7 years by increasing everyone's rates by an extra few% over and above the State Govt general increase allowed. They then listed how it was to be spent, project by project, with $2.7m for Des Renford Indoor Multi Fitness Centre. Now in this budget the cost has blown out to EIGHT MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND dollars. Or 25% of the money to be raise over 7 years by the "levy". I think I know why Stage 1 of traffic mgmt is missing from this year's budget, don't you? Someone must be held accountable for this blow out in costs, get the basic services right before building some trophy for over-sized egos. What is the General Manager doing? Not watching cost blow outs evidently - as I cannot find anything on the RCC web site explaining the nearly $6m increase from what residents were told. What else are we not being told? The amount supposed to be spent in this budget (from the levy) was expected to be $4.7m across seven projects - what's going on? Residents' are waiting to see RCC properly maintain and clean existing buildings (Coogee Toilets daily for example) before such grandiose schemes get approved. After all, the poor state of RCC community facilities is due to POOR MANAGEMENT by RCC.
    • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 7 years ago
      Hi Terry,At the Council meeting of 27 March 2012, the Mayor put forward a motion and Council resolved that: a) it be confirmed that funding has been set aside, within the Council’s reserves, for the implementation of projects arising from the Kensington/West Kingsford Local Area Traffic Management Scheme study process, and b) it be noted that, once agreed projects are determined, the Council will be making application to Roads and Maritime Services for funding assistance to implement the endorsed projects.
  • Glenn, Coogee over 7 years ago
    I note in your 'Randwick Community News' paper that you say under the 'A snapshot of your council services' section on page 2 that you are 'cleaning beaches daily'.This is clearly not the case for Coogee beach, which I frequent.Can you advise why this is so and if your new plan will correct this oversight and also surely the public toilets should be cleaned daily also rather than the somewhat nebulous 'regular' cleaning you currently claim?Many thanksGlenn
    • InfrastructureBeforeTowers over 7 years ago
      Glenn, RCC may not be able to afford cleaning the toilets weekly, let alone daily given their inability to get cost right. In their massive campaign to force through higher rates with the "Community Building Levy" increasing rates every year for 7 years by an extra few % above what the State Govt allows for general rates they seem to have got a few things wrong. Like the cost for the Des Renford Indoor Multi Fitness Centre. All the papers pushing the levy said it would cost $2.7m. Oops got that one wrong. It is in this years budget for $8.3m - only got it wrong by nearly SIX MILLION DOLLARS. Is there any explanation about this small difference - not that I can find on RCC's web site. Someone's head should roll on this one. This one project is now more than a quarter of what the levy is supposed to raise over 7 years. What else can't they afford to do due to this huge mistake? When is the next mistake (after the event change?) going to be found by a resident? What is going on?
      • Admin Commented Randwick Administrator over 7 years ago
        Council’s Buildings for our Community program will fund a suite of upgrades and improvements to community facilities and buildings across our City. These buildings and facilities were identified by residents as important community priorities.The upgrade to the Des Renford Aquatic Centre will be funded from a number of sources including $2.7M from the Buildings for our Community program; the remaining funds required have been sourced from Section 94 contributions and general revenue.Residents have been closely involved in the extensive consultation process for the planned upgraded to DRAC. Consultation included public exhibition; drop in community meetings; and opportunities for input into the design process. Council is and has always been committed to providing residents with a range of recreational facilities and opportunities; when the upgrade at DRAC is complete, it will widely benefit residents of our City.The fact that Des Renford Aquatic Centre will generate an income stream reflects Council’s vision of long-term sustainability. It’s a positive thing for the community that Council assets can operate in a way that doesn’t cost ratepayers money.Coogee, Maroubra and Clovelly beaches are all beach raked daily, and staff also walk the beaches to pick up debris daily. Coogee Beach toilets - at Goldstein Reserve and Grant Reserve - are cleaned a minimum of three times per day, and are inspected every few hours (more in summer)There is a two – three week street cleaning program in residential areas (subject to access) Town and commercial centres are cleaned daily by mechanical footpath and road sweepers.There is a quarterly program of manual street cleaning in residential streets. If residents wish to request a manual street clean, they can call Council’s Call Centre on 1300 722 542 and lodge a service request.Randwick City Council
        • Glenn, Coogee over 7 years ago
          Thanks for your response.I'm pleased with the frequency of the toilet cleaning.Your beach raking and debris pick up however is not 'cleaning' and clearly does not pick up the debris in the sand adequately. Nor are the steps and cement seating around the beach cleaned as they are covered in bird droppings.A shame as the beach and surrounds should be pristine for both locals and visitors. Queensland beaches are much cleaner. I expect they have better equipment.BestGlenn
  • concerned Local over 7 years ago
    commenting on such a huge document is beyond most of us who don't have the time and understanding of the vague terms used to describe multiple charges in each section of this monolithic document. A simpler format for comment would have been helpful.all I can add is that our rates keep increasing, charges for council services keep rising, more fines are being implemented to raise money that seems to be wasted on fast tracking council development that only benefits a small minority of residents or special interest groups and more and more frivolous projects like concerts, community projects and so on. which would all be fine if basic services were provided at a reasonable cost to the majority. It seems that some councils particularly those with a strong green influence are intent on robbing peter to pay paul. I'd like to see more people let council know that they need to provide good basic services for a fair price and stop ripping off the people that keep them employed. If they cant afford to do all the wonderful projects right away without over charging and find new ways to fine the majority of us then they have to work within a smaller budget and find ways to fund special interest projects without rate payers hard earned wages.It seems that most councils these days want to out do each other with who has the biggest budget to manage so they can justify the ridiculous wages that they pay themselves. Lets insist that they get back to basics and reduce the cost of local government.
    • InfrastructureBeforeTowers over 7 years ago
      You have every reason to be concerned. One project alone has gone from a figure residents were told would be $2.7m to $8.3m and will compete with existing local businesses. That does not sound like something that a Council should be doing. Getting costs wrong by nearly $6m suggests someone needs to find a new job because they obviously are out of their depth in the current one. RCC has a lot of shiny new cars, trucks etc that we see driving by frequently but they never seem to stop. The street sweeping trucks (very expensive toys) drive up and down the busy roads but can't actually sweep in many places because of cars competing for scarce parking places. Near us are only 7 car spaces for 26 houses/semis. So the drains get blocked when it rains because the debris washes along (never swept by the trucks that cannot get in) and houses flood. Perhaps time for RCC to stop buying shiny trophies and get back to basics like human street sweepers with trolleys like they used to have. It might not need "study" trips around Australia or overseas to see the latest and greatest shiny toys - BUT IT WORKS. The GM gets paid like an ASX Top 200 CEO yet residents get a penny dreadful result - something does not add up.