Councillor Peter MATIC, Chairman of the Public and Active Transport Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Steven HUANG that the report of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Chairman: Is there any debate?
Councillor MATIC: Thank you, Madam Chairman. There is one item, and that is the committee presentation on Active School Travel: Secrets to Success. We had a very insightful presentation from officers around the Everton Park example—which was the winning school in the last year—and all of the things that the school undertook in order to have that winning outcome.
The presentation quite clearly showed that through a very detailed collaborative effort on behalf of parents, students, teachers and officers, and the local councillor, they were able to get a number of innovative projects up throughout the period to excite, to entice, to motivate everyone, and that is the key. It was about everyone getting involved.
I certainly do have to acknowledge the efforts of the school. We have all experienced Walking Wheeling Wednesday, but the school took the extra effort; it introduced more days for proactive travel. It provided far more incentives than in the ordinary course, and all of these things collectively were of tremendous assistance. The support of Councillor WYNDHAM as the local councillor was essential to the process. His involvement in the process, his contribution to that was also of fundamental importance. Certainly, across the board for all councillors involved in their schools through the Active School Travel program, it is always a recipe for success when the local councillor is also involved.
I really do have to acknowledge the tremendous amount of work that Everton Park State School did in conjunction with the officers, and the way that they were able to put in these extra days such as Fun, Fit Fridays to deliver even more positive reinforcement.
Also, I have to acknowledge the tremendous work of all the parents and the extra effort that they took to get their kids to school in an active way, to participate in the process, but also the engagement by the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the RACQ, both important partners within this program providing that extra level of support and education and training to students, to be able to provide all of those features.
Park'nStride is one of the fundamentals of this program, and without the support of all of the stakeholders within that process, it would not be successful. So, Madam Chairman, once again thank you to all the officers; thank you to Councillor WYNDHAM, to the schools, to all our stakeholders in this process. Our Active School Travel program continues to just grow and grow every day, and continues to be one of the leading programs, not only in the State of Queensland but Australia. Thank you.
Chairman: Further debate; Councillor WYNDHAM.
Councillor WYNDHAM: Thank you, Madam Chair; I just rise briefly to speak on this Active School Travel, item A. I've got a small primary school, 480-odd students, and about 17 per cent were participating in some form of active travel, that has risen substantially over the past 12 months. It is due to both the staff, the P&C (Parents and Citizens), the parents and the students. It is a school that is close to a very busy main road; it is a school that the side road tends to be congested when it comes to drop-off and pick-up time. The school actively took on this program to solve those problems.
A school of that size, normally we would go along and the P&C might be 20 members. This school has 50 members in their P&C, and those 50 members are keen to do the very best they can for their school. That is the sort of commitment that I see every time I go to that school, right from Brad Clark, the Principal, right down to perhaps the Grade 1 and Prep students who are all keen to make their school shine. This is just one example of this school and the way it shines.
They are at the top of a hill, and I know it is a bit of a hassle when I go there for things like Walking to School or Active School Travel, because quite often they start down in the park, and it is a very steep hill all the way up to the school. So, for parents, the easy option would be to drive, but they have chosen the option that is healthy, the option that is good for their school, and the option that sets an example for generations to come.
I think that is what is the crux of the whole debate of this Active School Travel. It is not about just one generation; it is about a generational thing. Many things in our life, generational change strengthens, and this, I see, over years and years will make Everton Park school a much safer school for generations to come and a much more active school. Active School Travel is doing that for our schools right across this city. Thank you.
Chairman: Further debate; Councillor MATIC, anything further? I will put the motion.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Public and Active Transport Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Peter Matic (Chairman), Councillor Steven Huang (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Steve Griffiths, Nicole Johnston, Kim Marx and Ryan Murphy.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – ACTIVE SCHOOL TRAVEL SECRETS TO SUCCESS
1. Mark Pattemore, Project and Program Manager, Transport Planning and Strategy Branch, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, attended the meeting to provide information on the secrets of the success of Council’s Active School Travel (AST) program at the Everton Park State School. Mr Pattemore provided the information below.
2. The aim of the AST program is to reduce traffic congestion and improve safety around participating schools by promoting the use of sustainable transport modes, such as walking, cycling, scooter riding, public transport and carpooling. The benefits of the program include reduced traffic congestion, improved road safety skills and level of fitness and health in students and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
3. The Everton Park State School is located between the busy Old Northern and South Pine Roads in Everton Park. The school student population numbers 480 students, between Prep and Year 7. Before the AST program, there were regular incidents involving vehicles outside the school, including congestion in the two-minute passenger loading zone and speeding along Old Northern Road.
4. A five-day travel survey was conducted at the school in February 2013. The survey results showed that only 17 per cent of students were actively travelling to and from school, while 83 per cent of students recorded travelling to and from school in the family car. In March 2013, a survey was conducted with parents, on the barriers that prevented them from participating in active travel activities. The main barriers for the parents included parental commitments and distance from the school. Also, the child’s lack of road safety skills, unsuitable crossing points and concerns with personal safety were of concern for parents.
5. In 2013, Everton Park State School was awarded AST School of the Year. Schools are assessed and scored on a range of criteria for this award. The criteria included: maintaining consistent improvement in the number of students actively travelling to and from school, commitment from the students and staff to the AST program, effectiveness of the AST committee within the school to sustain the level of commitment to the program, and extra initiatives being implemented throughout the year by the school to encourage active travel.
6. One of the factors for success with the Everton Park State School was the motivated Active School Travel Committee. The committee consisted of the Principal, teaching staff, parents, crossing supervisors, senior students and the local councillor. A photograph of the committee members receiving the 2013 School of the Year award was shown.
7. Images were shown of the interactive school assembly performance that launched the first Active Travel Day at the Everton Park State School. Students, teachers and parents attending the assembly all heard the same message promoting the benefits and rewards of the active travel modes.
8. The school has established an AST culture with ‘Fun Fit Fridays’. To ensure positive reinforcement, the school has added a second Active Travel Day every Tuesday and a mystery day, where students are asked about their method of travel to school that day. These ‘spot checks’ encourage daily participation by students in active travel activities. A graph showing the results of students using active travel methods to and from school was displayed.
9. An ongoing competition among the school community maintains interest in Active Travel activities each week. The Principal presents an interclass ‘Active Travel Star’ trophy at each assembly and the school has won Council’s ‘Golden Boot’ award twice, with the highest percentage increase in students participating and the highest number of participants choosing walking as the preferred means of active travel.
10. A number of slides were presented showing the other factors which contributed to success in the Everton Park State School’s transition to becoming a successful Active Travel school, including communication strategies, practical assistance provided by senior students, and support provided by the local councillor.
11. Practical initiatives and additional skills have been added into the school’s Active Travel activities to ensure parental concerns over safety were addressed. Road safety skills presentations have been included in school assemblies; scooter, bicycle and bus skills are also being taught. Walking or ‘Park and Stride’ groups have also been created to take advantage of existing infrastructure, such as footpaths, pedestrian refuges and supervised crossing points.
12. The success of the AST program has been in part due to the successful co-operation between Council agencies, Traffic Network Operations, CARS (Compliance and Regulatory Services), Corporate Communications and external stakeholders, including the Department of Transport and Main Roads and the RACQ.
13. After one year, Everton Park State School community members have significantly altered their chosen modes of travel to and from school. A graph, comparing the previous and current methods of travel to and from school, was shown. The number of trips taken by car have reduced to 43 per cent (previously 83 per cent), and the number of students participating in active travel activities increased to 57 per cent (previously 17 per cent).
14. The Everton Park State School will continue the momentum gained through participation in Council’s AST program in the coming years by maintaining a strong AST Committee each term and continuing the close relationship with Council.
15. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Pattemore for his informative presentation.
THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE
Councillor Amanda COOPER, Chairman of the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Vicki HOWARD, that the report of the meeting of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Chairman: Is there any debate?
Councillor COOPER: Thank you very much, Madam Chair. I rise to speak to the presentation we had at Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee last week. This presentation was for a proposed application for preliminary approval and a material change of use for 56 units at 26 to 42 Gladys Street, Greenslopes.
First of all I would like to thank the Assessment Manager who gave an excellent presentation, and to the DA East team for all their hard work on the application. It was a very professional and very well informed presentation.
This application was initially lodged with Council on 20 December 2012 and originally was for 60 units at a uniform eight storeys across the site. This site is within the Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan, and certainly this was something that came up for some discussion at committee. The site is just over 3,600 square metres, and is currently zoned light industry and sport and recreation.
As we heard at committee, this site has currently a number of existing buildings on the site. I think the oldest building is actually from approximately the 1950s. It is being used by a range of activities. We've got an auto electrician, printer and brake re-liners as well as some small manufacturing uses on the site. There are two buildings which are being used for storage, including an old squash court which has been, I believe, housing bricks for at least the last 10 years, not very healthy and active perhaps.
The site is located very close to Stones Corner, the business precinct there, and I note that Councillor McKENZIE is very excited about the fantastic revitalisation occurring within Stones Corner. The owners are proposing that this development be in line with medium density, which is directly across the road, so LMR (low medium residential) to the east with MP3 (suburban centres) sitting behind on Old Cleveland Road. Complementing this proposal, of course, is the park and bikeway that runs behind the site.
This was an impact assessable application. It went on notification from 7 January to 28 January last year. There were five formal submissions, and they raised issues such as traffic, parking, height, flooding and construction noise. I believe that their local Councillor was asked for her comment on 8 January 2013, and she supported the change of use from industrial to residential.
Councillor COOPER: I am sure the local councillor will take the opportunity to speak to this application. Certainly I note that officers did go back and request further response from the local councillor but did not get any.
So officers took these submissions into consideration and, as a result, the applicant made a number of changes to the application including the design and the height. As I noted earlier, it was originally lodged for 60 units and a uniform eight storeys. The applicant took on board Council's feedback and they revised that design down to 56 units and redesigned the building to a range from eight storeys to three storeys. So, very significant changes as a result of the information that was requested by Council officers.
Certainly at committee we reflected on what a great looking building it has ended up being. There are 11 one-bedroom units, 45 two-bedroom units, and there will be a number of 71 residential parking and 11 visitor parking, with all of the resident car parking to be provided in the basement. This is a site very well serviced by public transport. It is 140 metres from the Stones Corner Busway Station, 350 metres from the Langlands Busway Station, 500 metres from Buranda Train Station and 600 metres from the Buranda Busway Station. So extremely handy to public transport.
There was also referral to Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP). There were no conditions required from DTMR, and there were specific conditions that were asked to be applied by DEHP. As we noted at committee, this site has experienced flooding, so it's got a range of issues with flooding, and officers provided advice as to how this application has been very carefully conditioned to ensure flood-free access is going to be able to be achieved. All the floor levels will have to achieve the minimum habitable floor level and the basement and essential services will have to be 500 millimetres above the defined flood level.
There was also a report supplied by the applicant of their stormwater management plan, and that was carefully investigated by Council, and that demonstrated how it could comply with both the habitable and non-habitable floor level requirements, and showed that there was no worsening of flood levels upstream or downstream of this application.
This development will also provide a dedicated park of 400 square metres which also will see a 3.7 metre footpath providing access through to the bikeway and park at the back. Officers have also conditioned over 900 square metres of deep planting which is a great outcome for the community on this site. This particular development will provide a much-needed residential accommodation for booming Stones Corner, and it will see a significant investment in the local area—a $20 million investment, and estimated to be 60-plus construction jobs as a result of this application.
So, Madam Chair, I am pleased to be able to support this investment, these jobs, and I would like to thank the Council officers for their excellent work on getting such a great outcome for a site that has not really been used for much other than storing bricks for the last 10 years. This is a great location, and an excellent outcome. My thanks to the officers involved.
Chairman: Further debate; Councillor ABRAHAMS.
Councillor ABRAHAMS: Thank you, Madam Chair; I wish to discuss the development application at 26 to 42 Gladys Street, Greenslopes. It is interesting how two Councillors have different perspectives, but I will give the perspective from my point. When the Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan was put in place, it was evident that this site was not in a precinct where urban renewal was envisaged to take place. But instead, it was in the Eastern Corridor and no change was proposed. It is an isolated area of industrial land surrounded by a childcare centre across the road, and residential areas to the south and east of this site.
When I asked why it wasn't included in areas for unit development, I was told because of the flooding risk. That approach had also been used in the Woolloongabba Centre Local Plan, with Deshon Street, so I understood the strategy. When this application was lodged, I wrote to Council saying that I supported the residential development rather than retaining this isolated pocket of industry, but only if there was no adverse effect on flooding, and that any compensatory earthworks would be undertaken on the site.
Then, the night before this came to committee, as I was not aware until then that it was coming to committee, when I had a look at the flood study, it clearly stated in the summary that it was found that “the proposed development footprint increased the discharge at the downstream Turbo Drive crossing”. It then continued that “it was proposed that the rear of the site be filled to the same extent as the existing building footprint to maintain flood conveyance and storage on Norman Creek”.
They seemed contradictory, but certainly the first statement was clear in terms of impact. So I expressed an amount of concern, but my greatest concern was that, in the report given by the Council officer to the committee, they did not mention flooding in relation to this site. It was only when I asked questions that the issue of flooding was raised. I do believe in our city that any development that is affected by flooding, that information should be given to committee.
I reinforce that comment because exactly the same happened this morning in relation to another application that came to committee today. So, it is a just a third strike, and this is a trend. It is not an oversight; it is a very clear policy of the Administration not to discuss contentious issues with the applications being flooding in these two cases.
But, I did then have time to consult the officers, and got a personal report, for which I thank very much the Council officer, that drafted an additional explanatory note to understand what happens. That raises the point that no matter how much and how long you spend on PD online looking at the reports, you do need additional information to fully understand exactly what some complex issues such flooding are.
In that report, the officer essentially and very briefly says that the amended plan in fact has made no changes to the development footprint and filling on site, and therefore there was a non-worsening of the flood level upstream and downstream properties. I am assured by that, but it is the first time that that information was available to me as it was not on the PD online.
This is an important issue, and I am glad to have been able to follow it through because all too often the development conditions relate to flood-free access to the site—the habitable spaces being flood-free—but rarely give detailed information as to the impact, the incremental impact, from development on an existing flood plain carrying capacity. So, Madam Chair, I am happy to be able to support this application armed with the additional information provided by the Council officer.
Chairman: Further debate; Councillor WINES.
Councillor WINES: Thank you, Madam Chairman; I rise to speak today in support of this proposal at number 26 to 42 Gladys Street, Greenslopes. What is interesting about this is it is an excellent piece of evidence as to why we use a performance-based planning system. Often we would get asked as Councillors why are certain things permitted in certain places when their zoning is X or Y, and this is an excellent example of why we use this system.
Although this land is industrial, it is surrounded by LMR, MR or low to medium residential uses, medium residential uses, and multi-purpose centre designations. So, this sort of sits alone as a piece of industrial land. You heard the local Councillor, Councillor ABRAHAMS, speak in favour of the changes that have a logical sense to them, to allow this development to occur.
Whilst itself is industrial, it is surrounded by the uses that would be permissible to allow such a development that we are considering today to occur. What is this structure replacing? What was there beforehand? It is a series of industrial buildings and a former indoor squash centre. Disappointingly we see more and squash centres go as their popularity wanes. It is an excellent sport, but less and less people play it, and more people take up the opportunity to replace it with residential. There are many examples of this across the city.
What we see is a structure in its place that allows for 56 units serviced—and I think this is an important point—by 82 car parks, of which 11 are on the surface and 72 are in the basement. That is a solid number of car parking for this structure. It is probably important to note at this time that the original proposal was for a uniform eight-storeys series of buildings, but as a result of feedback and as a result of the notification and consultation period, there has been amendments to the structure to allow for stepping and to allow for a gradual interface with its neighbours and with the nearby parkland and creek line.
When you talk about performance solutions and making adjustments to allow for these sorts of changes, the Council takes into consideration a great number of things, but a focus of those is of course transportation and community services and community spaces. This location is remarkably well served by both of those things. Not only is it well served by private vehicle car parking spaces, but there are the three busway stations that Councillor COOPER identified earlier in her speech, and the one train station identified as well. So Buranda and then Langlands Park, Buranda Busway and Stones Corner Busway.
Also, the Stones Corner Centre is really an interesting centre, and we want as a Council, for people to engage with it to have something of a renaissance, for it to have its good days come back again. This ongoing interest in constructing residential developments near these sort of commercial centres will, I believe, encourage the return of Stones Corner to its former place in our city.
This structure, this proposal, is near of course Langlands Park, home of the East Tigers, which will always be secondary to West Panthers in my opinion, but they are a fine club in their own right. So not only is there the football club there with the excellent club facility, but nearby there is Langlands Pool, Council's pool which is well served and well serviced for that local community.
Not only are there the community services nearby, provided both privately and by this Council, but it will actually allow for a 400-square metre parkland which will connect both this structure, the new residents, as well as the existing residents into the parkland behind this building, allowing them to access the existing bikeway and to participate and engage in the natural environment along that creek line.
As I say, there are many things to encourage support for this proposal. It makes a great deal of sense, logically, and I encourage all Councillors to support it.
Chairman: Further debate; Councillor MURPHY.
At that time, 4pm, it was resolved on the motion of Councillor Ryan MURPHY, seconded by Councillor Kim MARX, that the meeting adjourn for a period of 15 minutes, to commence only when all councillors had vacated the chamber and the doors locked.
Council stood adjourned at 4.03pm.
UPON RESUMPTION: At that time, 4.19pm, the Deputy Chairman, Councillor Angela OWEN-TAYLOR, assumed the Chair.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate? No further debate. Councillor COOPER.
Councillor COOPER: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Chairman. So, Madam Deputy Chairman, in relation to this application, we heard Councillor ABRAHAMS say that she said that it did not actually discuss in the committee last week, flooding. She said it was not mentioned. I've actually got the presentation from last week, Madam Deputy Chair, and I looked through that presentation and I can see public notification talks about hydraulics flooding. Then I look over here, again when I talk about the key assessment items, flooding, Madam Deputy Chair, so twice, twice in the presentation it was actually mentioned.
So that's in complete contradiction to the claims made by Councillor ABRAHAMS and I've got the evidence here to suggest it's mentioned twice in here now.
Deputy Chairman: Order. Councillor ABRAHAMS do not shout out in this Chamber. Councillor COOPER.
Councillor COOPER: Now we've got Councillor ABRAHAMS saying it's about the flood line, Madam Chair, but I copied down what she said and she suggested that it was deliberately not mentioned, that flooding was deliberately not mentioned in the presentation. That is the comment that was made by Councillor ABRAHAMS, proven right now quite easily that was patently incorrect, Madam Chair. Twice it was mentioned and in fact we discussed it at length in committee. So her claims are completely and utterly false, Madam Chair. I would suggest that that is, quite clearly she does seem to be misleading the Chamber, Madam Chair.
So in relation and then we had Councillor ABRAHAMS say that—and I note that Councillor ABRAHAMS at committee said that her workload just meant that she could not get across these issues. Well I would suggest if she doesn't have time, Madam Deputy Chair, then maybe she shouldn't be doing it, Madam Deputy Chair.
Deputy Chairman: Order.
Councillor COOPER: I would suggest, I love every day coming to work knowing that my opposite is Councillor Helen ABRAHAMS, Madam Deputy Chair. It is an absolute pleasure to debate her because yet again week-after-week, every single committee she's proven to not be across her brief, Madam Chair. She doesn't seem to know what's going on. Councillor ABRAHAMS talked about compensatory earthworks, Madam Deputy Chair, in relation to this application. Well that's not even something that this application is assessed against, Madam Chair.
So, Madam Deputy Chair, if she would like to speak to the matters before us there is specific provisions that need to be responded to. There's the stormwater management code, there's the fill and excavation code and there's the waterway code. No compensatory earthworks, Madam Deputy Chair. That's not even relevant to this matter before us. Then we had Councillor ABRAHAMS saying that she didn't have enough information. Well every single local councillor has the opportunity to ring and talk to the assessment team about their application.
I see lots of nodding in the Chamber. I see lots of councillors on both sides who speak to the assessment managers, who get the information they need to convey the accurate information to their constituents, Madam Deputy Chair.
So if you don't have time to do your job I would suggest perhaps you need to get better organised and find the time to do the thing for which you are elected to do, Madam Deputy Chair, which is represent your constituents. In relation to this particular proposal the applicant actually had to provide a stormwater management plan. There was a report that was done and there was a site-based stormwater and flood management plan that was part of the application that was assessed by the officers. Councillor ABRAHAMS said that she didn't understand that and sought further advice from Council officers.
Absolutely correct but, Madam Chair, I think it's quite clear if you actually read through the document, it talks about what is going on with this particular site. There was an initial proposal put to Council which was reviewed and what has actually happened as a part of this application, Council has looked at that report that was submitted. It had to demonstrate how it complied with both the habitable and non-habitable floor level requirements and demonstrate there was no worsening of flood levels upstream or downstream.
Now Councillor ABRAHAMS read from the last part of the report in the conclusions and she said, it talks about the MIKE 11 model of Norman Creek that was sourced from BCC (Brisbane City Council) truncated to an area around the subject site. The truncated model was altered and I'm quoting from the conclusions of the report. The truncated model was altered to include the existing and proposed development footprint. So there are two different scenarios that were modelled as a consequence of this.
It was found that the proposed development footprint increased the discharge at the downstream Turbo Drive crossing. It is proposed that the rear of the site be filled to the same extent as the existing building footprint to maintain the flood conveyance and storage of Norman Creek. So, Madam Chair, it says in the conclusion quite clearly that the initial proposal with that reduction of the footprint actually caused detrimental impact. It is the subsequent amended outline that has addressed that issue specifically. It's in the report, Madam Deputy Chair, if only she would read it.
Deputy Chairman: I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Neighbourhood Planning and Development Assessment Committee was declared carried on the voices.
Thereupon, Councillors Amanda COOPER and Andrew WINES immediately rose and called for a division, which resulted in the motion being declared carried unanimously.
The voting was as follows:
AYES: 22 - DEPUTY MAYOR, Councillor Adrian SCHRINNER, and Councillors Krista ADAMS, Matthew BOURKE, Amanda COOPER, Vicki HOWARD, Steven HUANG, Fiona KING, Geraldine KNAPP, Kim MARX, Peter MATIC, Ian McKENZIE, David McLACHLAN, Ryan MURPHY, Angela OWEN TAYLOR, Andrew WINES, and Norm WYNDHAM, and the Leader of the OPPOSITION, Councillor Milton DICK, and Councillors Helen ABRAHAMS, Peter CUMMING, Steve GRIFFITHS, Victoria NEWTON, and Shayne SUTTON.
The report as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Amanda Cooper (Chairman), Councillor Vicki Howard (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Helen Abrahams, Geraldine Knapp, Shayne Sutton and Andrew Wines.
A DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION (DISTRIBUTER-RETAILER) UNDER THE SUSTAINABLE PLANNING ACT 2009 – PROPOSED MULTI-UNIT DWELLING – 26 TO 42 GLADYS STREET, GREENSLOPES – CORBEE PTY LTD
1. The Acting Team Leader, Development Assessment Planning Services East, Development Assessment Branch, City Planning and Sustainability Division, reports that a development application (distributer-retailer) was submitted on 20 December 2012 by Consult Planning, as follows:
Building Work (Preliminary Approval)
Material Change of Use (Development Permit)
General description of proposal:
Multi-unit dwelling (56 units)
Land in the ownership of:
Corbee Pty Ltd
Address of the site:
26 to 42 Gladys Street, Greenslopes
Lot 1, 2 and 3 on RP93613, and lot 1 on RP123192, Parish of Bulimba
Containing an area of:
3,677 square metres.
2. The application proposes a multi-unit dwelling (56 units). The overall development has a Gross Floor Area (GFA) of 6,871 square metres.
3. The site is located within the Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan and not within a precinct. The site is in close proximity to the Stones Corner Precinct and Residential Sub-precinct. For the purpose of this application the proposal has been assessed against the provisions of the Stones Corner Precinct and Residential Sub-precinct.
4. The proposal provides a height consistent with the provisions of the Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan, Stones Corner Precinct and Residential Sub-precinct.
5. A road dedication to the south-east section of Gladys Street has been conditioned to provide a public footway width of 3.75 metres along the road frontage of the site to Gladys Street.
6. The development includes a total of 82 parking spaces. Of these, 71 spaces are located within a basement and 11 spaces at located at ground level.
7. The proposal generally complies with relevant provisions of the Brisbane City Plan 2000, including the Desired Environmental Outcomes, the Eastern Corridor Neighbourhood Plan, and Residential Design – Medium Density Code.
8. The application was subject to impact assessment and a total of five properly-made submissions were received.
9. The application was referred to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR). DTMR advised in a letter dated 21 October 2013 that it had no requirements related to the application.
10. The application was referred to the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP). DEHP advised in a letter dated 6 November 2013 that it supports the application with the inclusion of conditions.
11. The Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Councillor Helen Abrahams, provided an email on 8 January 2013 supporting the change from industrial to residential zoning.
12. Council’s FloodWise Property Report indicates that the site is subject to creek/waterway and river flooding. The site provides flood-free access and all floor levels achieve the minimum habitable floor levels.
13. Conditions include reasonable and relevant conditions for a multi-unit dwelling including conditions relating to park dedication, road widening, and parking.
14. The Acting Team Leader advises that relevant reports have been obtained to address the assessment criteria and decision process prescribed by the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 outlining appropriate developmental requirements. The Acting Team Leader recommends that the application be approved subject to the approved plans, and reasonable and relevant conditions included in the development approval package, submitted and marked Attachment A. The Committee agreed, with Councillors Helen Abrahams and Shayne Sutton abstaining from the vote.
15. RECOMMENDATION: (i) That it be and is hereby resolved that whereas -
(a) a development application (distributor-retailer) was properly made on 20 December 2012 to the Council pursuant to section 260 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (the Act), as follows:
Building Work (Preliminary Approval)
Material Change of Use (Development Permit)
General description of proposal:
Multi-unit dwelling (56 units)
Land in the ownership of:
Corbee Pty Ltd
Address of the site:
26 to 42 Gladys Street, Greenslopes
Lot 1, 2 and 3 on RP93613, and lot 1 on RP123192 Parish of Bulimba
Containing an area of:
3,677 square metres.
(b) the Council is required to assess the application pursuant to Part 7A and section 313 of the Act, and decide the application under section 324 of the Act;
(c) upon consideration of the application and those matters set forth in sections 313 and 324 of the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 relevant to the application considers that:
(1) the proposal would not detrimentally affect the amenity of the neighbourhood
(2) the proposal is consistent with the general intentions of the Brisbane City Plan 2000
(3) the proposal does not cause conflict with the State’s planning policies, planning regulation provisions or South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031.
(d) accordingly considers that were the development to accord with Council’s developmental requirements ensured through the imposition of certain conditions and the issuing of Infrastructure Charges Notices for Sewerage/Water Supply and Infrastructure Charges Notices for Transport/Community Purposes/Waterways, it would be appropriate that the proposed development be carried out on the subject land.
(ii) Whereas the Council determines as in (i) hereof, THE COUNCIL APPROVES THE DEVELOPMENT APPLICATION (DISTRIBUTOR-RETAILER) subject to the conditions in the Development Approval Package submitted and marked Attachment A, and will:
(a) notify the applicant of this decision
(b) give the Infrastructure Charges Notices for Sewerage and Water Supply with the decision notice
(c) give the Infrastructure Charges Notices for Transport, Community Purposes and Waterways with the decision notice
(d) notify the Central SEQ Distributor-Retailer Authority of the decision and provide it with a copy of the Infrastructure Charges Notices
(e) notify the Councillor for The Gabba Ward, Councillor Helen Abrahams, of this decision
(f) notify any submitters of this decision
(g) notify the Department of Transport and Main Roads as a Concurrence Agency of this decision
(h) notify the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection as a Concurrence Agency of this decision.
ENVIRONMENT, PARKS AND SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE
Councillor Matthew BOURKE, Chairman of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Fiona KING, that the report of the meeting of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Councillor BOURKE: Thanks very much, Madam Deputy Chairman. Madam Deputy Chairman, I move that the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee meeting held on Tuesday 18 March 2014 be adopted.
Councillor KING: Second that, Madam Deputy Chair.
Deputy Chairman: It has been moved by Councillor BOURKE, seconded by Councillor KING that the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee meeting dated Tuesday 18 March 2014 be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor BOURKE.
Councillor BOURKE: Thanks very much, Madam Deputy Chairman. Madam Deputy Chairman, just very quickly before I get to the report, I was a young child a bit of a fan of Sale of the Century. So it's come to my attention of an email of late that came into Council and up to my office but before I get to the contents of that email, Madam Deputy Chairman, just to give you a bit of context about who might have sent it. We'll play a little game who am I? So who am I, Madam Deputy Chairman?
I was appointed to Council in 2003. I've been a chair for Environment, Parks and Sustainability. I don't know how to plant a tree. I wanted to pave over a park in East Brisbane and the latest, Madam Deputy Chairman, after 11 years in this place, Madam Deputy Chairman, the latest effort is the following. Dear Council officer—I won't use the Council officer's name—I am seeking the following for The Gabba Ward, the name of parks, the area of the parks for all existing parks in the ward. Thank you in anticipation, Councillor Helen ABRAHAMS.
Well, Madam Deputy Chairman, Councillor ABRAHAMS has reached a new low in this place. After 11 years and having heard what we've just heard from Councillor COOPER about her heavy workload, she hasn't even taken the time to familiarise herself with the parks across her own electorate, Madam Chairman. Being a former chairman for Parks, Environment and Sustainability you would have thought she would have taken the time. But what gets worse, Madam Deputy Chairman, than that—
Councillor SUTTON: Point of order, Madam Deputy Chair.
Deputy Chairman: Point of order Councillor SUTTON.
Councillor SUTTON: I understand that chairpersons can talk about—
Deputy Chairman: Your question? Get to your question.
Councillor SUTTON: My question is that is Councillor BOURKE speaking of relevance to his portfolio given Councillor ABRAHAMS is not part of his portfolio.
Deputy Chairman: He is clearly referring to an email he has received in relation to his portfolio area and he is providing context. Councillor BOURKE.
Councillor BOURKE: Thanks very much, Madam Deputy Chairman. Where I was going was that recently reported in the media just on the weekend was Councillor ABRAHAMS claiming that there aren’t enough parks in her ward, that she needed more parks. But, Madam Chairman, from the email that I just read out from a week ago she doesn't even know where the parks are or how many parks she actually has. So, Madam Chairman, through you to Councillor ABRAHAMS, I suggest Councillor ABRAHAMS you look on the Council website, you use the tools available to you as a councillor and you do a bit of hard work, Madam Deputy Chairman, through you to Councillor ABRAHAMS.
Turning to the committee report, Madam Deputy Chairman, a wonderful presentation to the Parks and Environment and Sustainability Committee this week around our camera trap monitoring in natural areas program, obviously targeting foxes, Madam Deputy Chairman, in this particular part of our work, part of the invasive species management work that we do, quite interestingly though it's not only the foxes that we get on the cameras.
There are a number of other species that get caught, deer, antechinus, which is a small carnivorous mammal, Madam Deputy Chairman—I'm happy to provide the clerk with the spelling—wild dogs, echidnas, a feral cat, as well as wallabies. So a whole gamut of animals that get caught across our camera network. Obviously that monitoring and then trapping program informs how we proactively manage our state, Madam Deputy Chairman, when it comes to dealing with invasive species. As I said, quite an interesting presentation with some of the covert cameras and other tools that the officers use to try and make sure that we're dealing with the damage and the impact that these species have on our Council bushland.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate? Anything further Councillor BOURKE? I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Environment, Parks and Sustainability Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Matthew Bourke (Chairman), Councillor Fiona King (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Peter Cumming, Kim Flesser, Geraldine Knapp and Ryan Murphy.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – CAMERA TRAP MONITORING IN NATURAL AREAS
1. Joseph Casabella, Parks and Natural Resources Manager, Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability Branch, City Planning and Sustainability Division, attended the meeting to provide a presentation on Council’s camera trap monitoring program. He provided the information below.
2. Council’s camera trap monitoring program is funded out of the Brisbane Invasive Species Management Plan Implementation project. Some of the species that are targeted as part of the program are deer, foxes, feral dogs, cats and pigs.
3. Camera trap monitoring is increasingly being used to monitor both native and exotic wildlife. It produces high quality images and is more cost efficient than traditional survey methods, such as trapping and spotlighting. An image of a camera trap placed within a tree was displayed.
4. The cameras that Council uses are no-glow covert infrared with night-vision capability up to 20 metres. The cameras are motion-activated, camouflaged, waterproof, have long battery life (up to 12 months), and are capable of storing thousands of images.
5. Photographs of some of the animals captured on the camera traps were shown. These animals included: deer, Antechinus, wild dogs, echidna, a feral cat and wallaby.
6. A map of the Brisbane region was displayed, indicating fox complaints received by Council from property owners during 2012-13. Complaints data has led to a proactive management strategy with the use of camera monitoring to be instituted. The objectives of this strategy are to target activities where the control of invasive species will produce the greatest benefit and provide an objective measure of the project’s outcomes.
7. A locational map of all Council camera trap monitoring points was shown, followed by a map with the number of foxes trapped within areas based on an average capture rates standardised to 100 trap nights.
8. The conclusions garnered from the program have improved the prioritisation of locations for camera trap sites and trapping, provided greater cost efficiency (based on traditional methods such as spotlighting and trapping), and given Council an improved ability to measure the outcomes from the program.
9. The Committee asked a number of questions and the Chairman thanked Mr Casabella for his informative update.
10. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
FIELD SERVICES COMMITTEE
Councillor David McLACHLAN, Chairman of the Field Services Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Norm WYNDHAM, that the report of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor McLACHLAN.
Councillor McLACHLAN: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chairman, just briefly the item before us, Item A was a committee presentation on last year's Garage Sale Trail. This is the first year of participation by the Brisbane area with the support of Brisbane Council, in what was the third annual event, the Garage Sale Trail, which is now well and truly entrenched on the landscape of ensuring that people across Australia, residents across Australia had the opportunity to participate in what is recognised as a great fit with the strategic objectives of this Council, and that's based on our Towards Zero Waste policy with a strong preference for.
Avoiding or reducing the amount of materials that are used and a least preferable option of disposal. The Garage Sale Trail fits neatly in the middle of that hierarchy with an emphasis on reusing, recycling anything that people no longer have a use for, rather than disposing of it at the tip and encouraged to participate in the resale, reuse of those materials. It makes a whole lot of sense for everyone to have one big garage sale on the one day. That's what occurred last year. The success of Brisbane was manifest with more than double the number of expected registered garages or sales registered on the Garage Sale Trail, 515 registrations with 916 registered sellers.
Some 123,000 listed items were up for sale which is a great success and the Council Tip Shops also registered and also registered new customers who hadn't previously been to the Tip Shop, so all in all a great success for last year's Garage Sale Trail. That was the feedback that was provided by the Council officer who made the presentation. The Garage Sale Trail for 2014—early notice for everybody to get on board—it will be on Saturday 25 October this year and this year will be linked in with the Council's highly successful Recyclable Art Competition.
So rather than as has previously been the case with that competition limiting participants in recyclable art to items that they've bought from the Tip Shops, this year we'll link in that project with the Garage Sale Trail. Those who are participating in the Recyclable Art Competition will be encouraged to also purchase items from a much greater range of course as a consequence of the Garage Sale Trail. Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair.
Deputy Chairman: Further debate? Nothing further Councillor McLACHLAN? I will now put the report.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Field Services Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor David McLachlan (Chairman), Councillor Norm Wyndham (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Peter Cumming, Nicole Johnston, Kim Marx and Ian McKenzie.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – GARAGE SALE TRAIL
1. Arron Lee, Manager Waste Services, Field Services Group, Brisbane Infrastructure Division, attended the meeting to provide an update on the Garage Sale Trail. Mr Lee provided the information below.
2. The Garage Sale Trail is coordinated through a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to provide social and environmental change in the community. The first ever Garage Sale Trail occurred on Bondi Beach in 2010 and was a huge success. The concept won awards and gathered so much interest that in 2011, the Garage Sale Trail went nationally.
3. The Garage Sale Trail is a one day event, where sellers are able to register their garage sale and identify the specific details of their sale items prior to the event. All registered garage sales are plotted and located on the Garage Sale Trail website and purchasers can develop their own trail based upon the location and types of items that are for sale. After the event, feedback and data are gathered from the sellers.
4. A graph showing the International Waste Hierarchy was displayed. The presenter noted that this hierarchy is the basis of Council’s Towards Zero Waste strategy and that the Garage Sale Trail fits perfectly into Council’s strategic objectives.
5. On Saturday 26 October 2013, the Garage Sale Trail held its third annual event, and for the first time, Council participated in this event. Council’s participation included promotion of the Garage Sale Trail through Council’s website, social media, newsletters, publications and networks with local schools and community groups. The presenter also noted that the two Council Tip Shops were registered as part of the trail.
6. The national results from the 2013 Garage Sale Trail were outlined. The highlights of this event included:
- 7,017 registered garage sales, an increase of 97 per cent from 2012
- 56,136 shopping trolleys of items were sold/re-used nationally
- average seller earnings of $323
- each seller met 20 new people and spoke with 13 locals.
7. In Brisbane, the 2013 Garage Sale Trail resulted in 515 registered garage sales with 915 registered sellers, a total of 123,294 listed items (approximately 239 items per garage sale), and approximately 4,120 standard-size shopping trolleys full of items were sold or redistributed. Council’s Tip Shops registered over 100 new customers on the day of the event.
8. A table showing the participation rates of the Garage Sale Trail event across the nation was displayed. The presenter noted that the number of sellers and buyers in Queensland for the 2013 event was comparable with the larger states, such as Victoria and New South Wales.
9. The presenter spoke about the feedback that had been received following the 2013 event. It was noted that 96 per cent of buyers and sellers thought that it was a good idea for local councils to support the Garage Sale Trail and 72 per cent of sellers and 94 per cent of buyers would participate again.
10. The Garage Sale Trail event will be held on Saturday 25 October 2014. This year, the presenter noted that Council will build on the exposure of this event by linking it with the highly successful Recyclable Art competition. Artists participating in the competition will select items from the Garage Sale Trail or Council’s Tip Shops to create art works that will feature in the competition in May 2015.
11. Following a number of questions from the Committee, the Chairman thanked Mr Lee for his informative presentation.
12. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
BRISBANE LIFESTYLE COMMITTEE
Councillor Krista ADAMS, Chairman of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Andrew WINES, that the report of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Deputy Chairman: Councillor ADAMS.
Councillor ADAMS: Thank you, Madam Deputy Chair. Look before I go to the report I would just like to take this opportunity to say that our first official LORD MAYOR Youth Advisory (LMYA) Committee meeting has happened for 2014 on 12 March. It's fantastic to see that we have 60 Year 10 students from many different schools that are joining in this year for the Advisory Committee. They get very excited about coming to meet all the new people and the new kids in the actual Advisory Committee.
We had some of our legacy students from last year's committee come along and talk to them about what to expect and what they're going to be doing over the next 12 months. I spoke to some of those students from last year and I said to them how do you feel about not being here and they said we would give anything to be back here and continuing it this year. So that's the type of feedback we get from the students involved. They really do value their contribution. I think they value learning a bit more about Council than the average students do as well.
It really is an eye opener about how much we do in Council and how much we provide and how much they can actually get involved and participate with us as well, and be involved in those decision making processes through our vision and through our Youth Strategy and things like that. So we have spoken to them in our first meeting about our priorities for the Vision 2031 themes. They've presented ideas to the LORD MAYOR. We've given them a few options on what they might like to be involved in this year. Green Heart Fairs they were very interested in Councillor BOURKE, through you, Deputy Madam Chair.
They Youth Week that's coming up and I'll be talking next week about the fantastic launch night we have in Reddacliff Place for our Youth Week, how they can get involved in Active and Healthy, how they can get their students in their school as a representative of the students in their school, to be more involved in Council as well. So looking very, very forward to spending a few more meetings with the LMYA team. They'll be there at Homeless Connect in a few weeks’ time and being involved in that but it's fantastic to see 60 young enthusiastic 15 year olds. It takes me back to a time, it reminds me I do occasionally miss teaching but then I could walk out again after an hour and not have to deal with it so that wasn't so bad.
At that time, 4.39pm, the Chairman, Councillor Margaret de WIT, resumed the Chair. Councillor ADAMS: To our presentation on last week's Council's Memorandum of Understanding with Westfield and Centro around our disability parking enforcement, so I did mention a bit in Question Time today about where the money goes. We had a few questions on those and it was very disappointing to see people interrupting committee this morning and actually making a comment that this was a waste of time, when I was speaking about disability parking enforcement.
I was speaking about disability parking enforcement. Somebody on the other side who shall remain nameless said it was a waste of time that we were talking about disability parking enforcement. But I must say that the media have been very interested in what we're doing and I think what we see is a lot of the community recognising too the importance of being able to enforce the disability parking bays in areas where property owners, where it's private property and obviously what we're talking about is shopping centres.
So we started with Centro Toombul where we had the officers there, permission to enforce the correct use of the disabled parking bays. That was between 25 February and 24 last year. We had about 53 enforces recorded at that time with about 45 fines of $200 each. So it's two penalty points. That was $200 last year. It's a little bit more this year with the state penalties going up. As well as those eight warnings, which I think confirms to us that there are people doing the wrong thing unfortunately. They don't have a sign. Usually it's because they're not valid for a sign and they just think that five minutes to duck in and use the ATM or grab the bottle of milk won't actually bother anybody if they just use that car-park right beside the door.
The success of the trial saw the MOU extended to Centro shopping centres in Lutwyche and Buranda. They signed up in January. We also signed at the end of last year with Chermside Westfield and we are currently DEPUTY MAYOR through you, Deputy Madam Chair, in discussions with Carindale. I'll be making sure that we're in discussions with Garden City once they're back on track as well opening towards the end of the year as well.
So what we are looking at is the shopping centres have resulted in infringements and as I said before any of that money goes straight into our Access and Inclusion program which is very exciting to see. As I said it is a bit of a catch 22. There's $220 for parking in a disabled spot at the moment. These infringements go straight to our Access and Inclusion plan but the infringements I think are from a compliance nature, very good to see are going down.
It's great to see that people are realising sometimes it takes a monetary fine for them to realise that they're doing the wrong thing. So I suppose what we'll try and do now is make people think that wherever they are they could be picked up by a compliance officer. It'll make people think twice whether we've got an MOU with those shopping centres of not. I have to say, Madam Deputy Chair, that Mr Hodgson gave a very enthusiastic report, very proud of the work that the officers are doing in this space.
We don't usually get a lot of kudos around parking enforcement even though it is the highest asked for compliance question. But our officers do take it very, very seriously and I think the opportunities we're seeing here is definitely contributing to the fantastic Access and Inclusion program that we are delivering with LORD MAYOR Graham QUIRK and I recommend the report to the Chamber.
Chairman: Further debate? Further debate? I will put the motion.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber by the Chairman, the motion for the adoption of the report of the Brisbane Lifestyle Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Krista Adams (Chairman), Councillor Andrew Wines (Deputy Chairman), and Councillors Steve Griffiths, Vicki Howard, Steven Huang, and Victoria Newton.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – COUNCIL’S MEMORANDA OF UNDERSTANDING WITH WESTFIELD AND CENTRO FOR DISABILITY BAY PARKING ENFORCEMENT
1. Sean Hodgson, Branch Manager, Compliance and Regulatory Services, Brisbane Lifestyle Division, presented to the meeting on Council’s memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with Westfield and Centro to enable disability parking bay enforcement in certain shopping centres. He provided the information below.
2. A new Australian Disability Parking Permit has been introduced, replacing the previous blue and red coloured permits. Unauthorised parking in a disability bay is an offence under the State traffic regulations. Council can enforce parking in disability bays located on private properties, such as shopping centres, with the consent of the property owner.
3. The fine for parking in a disability bay is $220. Council directs all revenue from these fines to Access and Inclusion projects in the city. Complaints about unauthorised parking in disability bays are assigned a high priority by Council’s Compliance and Regulation Services Branch’s Parking Response Unit. There have been an increasing number of complaints about this problem in private parking spaces, such as shopping centres.
4. Council made approaches to major shopping centre operators, Westfield and Centro, in late 2012. Enforcement commenced at Centro Toombul in March 2013 and Westfield Chermside in September 2013. Centro’s Lutwyche and Buranda centres were added to the program in January 2014, and negotiations to commence enforcement at Westfield Carindale are underway. When enforcement starts at a new centre, warnings are issued for an initial introductory period of one or two weeks prior to formal fining being implemented.
5. Since introduction of the MOUs in 2013, 146 parking infringement notices have been issued in the shopping centres. A reduction in offence levels has been identified and both the Council’s Contact Centre and centre managers have received positive feedback. There have also been requests for Council to extend the program citywide.
6. The Committee asked a number of questions and the Chairman thanked Mr Hodgson for his informative presentation.
7. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.
FINANCE, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
Councillor Julian SIMMONDS, Chairman of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee, moved, seconded by Councillor Angela OWEN-TAYLOR, that the report of that Committee held on 18 March 2014, be adopted.
Chairman: Is there any debate?
Councillor SIMMONDS: Quickly, Madam Chairman, I just wanted to touch on a few issues. First of all I wanted to join our LORD MAYOR Graham QUIRK in welcoming the announcement of a hotel, approval of a hotel at the TC Beirne building down in the Valley and the additional economic development injection that that will give to the Valley. It's part of about $1 billion worth of private investment that is going into the Valley currently and I think that speaks volumes for the current vision that this Administration has for the Valley and also the work that we're doing in upgrading the Brunswick Street Mall.
I'd also like to touch quickly on the Queensland Audit Office (QAO) local government financial statements 2012-2013. They released the results of their audit in the last week. There were some media reports about how the Gold Coast in particular faired in that report. You didn't see much in the media about how Brisbane faired because Brisbane got a pretty healthy report card from the QAO. In particular I note given the previous debates in this Chamber, particularly from the leader of the Opposition and his aspersions on this program, the BaSE upgrade received a very favourable comment, particularly that the business case and I quote, was being used to drive the program and its implementation.
Well, Madam Chairman, that's about as close as auditors ever get to saying well done.
So well done to the BaSE project and the team that is currently working on that for successful implementations so far. We also had a presentation last week on Zero Harm. I just wanted to read to the record of this Chamber this Administration's thanks for the individuals and the various divisions for the work they do in maintaining the Zero Harm mentality. Some divisions in particular—and I'm going to point out Brisbane Transport—do fantastic work in promoting the Zero Harm message. They not only pick up the corporate materials but they also run their own programs, particularly BT throughout the workshops and the bus depots. So congratulations to those individuals involved and to thank them.
Chairman: Further debate? I will put the motion.
Upon being submitted to the Chamber, the motion for the adoption of the Finance, Economic Development and Administration Committee was declared carried on the voices.
The report read as follows
ATTENDANCE: Councillor Julian Simmonds (Chairman), Councillor Angela Owen-Taylor (Deputy Chairman); and Councillors Kim Flesser, Fiona King, Ryan Murphy and Shayne Sutton.
A COMMITTEE PRESENTATION – COUNCIL’S ZERO HARM STRATEGY
1. Dr Ian Niven, Chief Human Resources Officer, Organisational Services Division, attended the meeting to provide an update on Council’s Zero Harm Strategy. He provided the information below.
2. The Zero Harm philosophy means “no harm to anyone, at work, at home, today and every day”—non-acceptance of unsafe acts or conditions. Zero Harm contributes to business sustainability and efficiency. Zero Harm is delivered and managed through:
- Zero Harm policy, strategy and management plan
- Zero Harm management system
- leadership, accountability and responsibility.
3. Dr Niven briefly detailed the history behind Zero Harm and explained that it was introduced because workplace health and safety (WHS) performance had begun to plateau, and incidents were still occurring. As a result, it was identified that greater leadership, accountability and responsibility for workplace health and safety was required.
4. A graph showing the lost time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) each year from June 2000 to June 2013 was shown. In June 2000 the LTIFR was 29. In June 2013, the rate had fallen to 8.82.
5. Since the introduction of the Zero Harm philosophy in 2004, there have been:
- significant achievements in WHS performance and incident/injury reduction
- major advances in Zero Harm management system development and hazard and risk-control strategies
- 99 per cent return-to-work rate
- self-insurance accreditation and continued improvement in self-insurance audit results.
6. Major achievements of Zero Harm include:
- Zero Harm becoming one of the most recognised brands in Council (as revealed in the results of the Your Voice surveys)
- continued improvements in wellness, safety and health performance indicators and external audits
- alignment of workplace health and safety, wellness, rehabilitation and workers’ compensation functions.
7. Current and recent Zero Harm initiatives include:
- campaigns such as Health and Hygiene; Manual Tasks; Slips, Trips and Falls; Mentally Healthy Workplaces; Stay Safe and Keep Calm (Christmas campaign); SunSmart and Heat-Healthy; and Housekeeping, Health and Hygiene (including influenza vaccination program 2014)
- Zero Harm community of practice and forum
- Zero Harm interactions for managers (promoting leadership, accountability and clarity of expectations)
- absenteeism management process
- injury-prevention pilot
- health expos
- health-awareness caravan
- health-awareness bus
- Global Corporate Challenge.
8. A few Zero Harm achievements on the part of groups and individuals have included:
- a Brisbane Infrastructure team member being recognised for the drafting of a manual for the safe location and placement of variable message signs
- individuals identifying processes needed for assisting people with a disability in emergency evacuation situations
- work areas achieving low LTIFRs.
9. Dr Niven explained how Zero Harm has evolved over the years:
- transition from focus on just safety to wellness, safety and health
- evolution to a single Zero Harm management system
- a Zero Harm strategy for 2013-16 with key objectives regarding:
- culture and leadership
- monitoring, compliance and reporting
- communication, consultation and training
- Zero Harm system integration
- risk management.
10. The Committee asked a number of questions and the Chairman thanked Dr Niven and his team for their work and achievements in the Zero Harm strategy.
11. RECOMMENDATION: THAT COUNCIL NOTE THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THE ABOVE REPORT.