Minutes of the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee

 

 

Meeting Date:     Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Location:            Jervis Bay Rooms, City Administrative Centre, Bridge Road, Nowra

Time:                   4.04pm

 

 

The following members were present:

 

Mr Phil Costello - Director, Planning Environment and Development

Mr Paul Keech - Director Assets and Works

Mr James Caldwell - Chairperson

Mr Scott Baxter

Mr Brendan Goddard

Mr George Parker - left 5.35pm

Ms Lynnette Kearney

Mr Wesley Hindmarch

Clr Jo Gash - left 5.50pm

Clr Patricia White

Clr Mark Kitchener

 

 

Others present:

 

Roslyn Holmes – Unit Manager, City Design and Support

Jessica Rippon -  Executive Manager - Communications

Jessica Volkanovski - Team Coordinator - Strategy North

 

 

 

Apologies / Leave of Absence

 

Apologies were received from Luke Sikora and Annie Aldous

 

 

Confirmation of the Minutes

RESOLVED (By consent)

That the Minutes of the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee held on Wednesday 07 March 2018 be confirmed with a correction on Page 5 of the Minutes to reflect that the funding to the Nowra Readers and Writers Festival was $4500.

CARRIED

 

NOTE: The Chairperson invited Clr White to provide an overview of the recent resolutions of the Council with respect to matters discussed at the last meeting regarding funding and promotions.

 

 

The resolutions of the Council Meeting held on 27 March 2018 were as follows:

 

CBD18.13 Funding - Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee

RESOLVED  (MIN18.227)

That:

1.      Council and the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee participate in a workshop to develop a strategy and action plan to optimise the functioning of the Committee as it addresses its task of revitalising the Nowra CBD.

2.      Following the workshop, Council allocate a sum of up to $500,000 p.a. for the remaining term of the current Council, (indexed annually to Rate Peg amount), to the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee to implement the strategy and action plan identified at the workshop.

 

CBD18.14 Annual Promotions Budget

RESOLVED (MIN18.228)

That:

1.      The Committee’s allocation of $50,000 p.a. for promotional events be reconfirmed.

2.      The promotional funds be allocated to the Nowra CBD Business Chamber Inc for the expenditure and completion of promotional activities

3.      The Nowra CBD Business Chamber provide audited quarterly reports to Council on the promotional activities and expenditure

4.      The terms of reference for the Committee be amended to reflect the above provisions for promotional events.

 

The workshop is currently being arranged by the General Manager.

 

Chairperson confirmed that there were 10 councillors present at the Council meeting and 80% voted in favour of the Resolution, and it is important that it is understood from where the funding comes.

 

 

 

Reports

 

CBD18.26  Update of Banners - Report Requested 7/3/2018 Meeting - CBD18.23

HPERM Ref: D18/106877

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee Meeting receive the report for information.

 

The Unit Manager, City Design and Support, Roslyn Holmes spoke to the report and confirmed that the report covered:

           

-       The use if the existing system of bannerettes (banner arms) which require an Endeavour Energy and RMS Approvals for each use and the requirement for cherry pickers and high level safety and traffic management. The use of these is cost prohibitive and installation of banners on a three month rotation would cost approximately $100k per year.

-       The installation of Bannerconda® system to be mounted onto existing Endeavour Energy poles on the highway (with approval from Endeavour Energy) which would enable the raising of a banner from the ground.

The Committee discussed the location of the banners and noted that the number would be dependant upon the available funding. At a minimum they should be provided for the stretch of the highway between the Shoalhaven Bridge and North Street, Nowra., although costs be obtained for the Bannerconda® system to be erected between the north side of Shoalhaven Bridge and Worrigee Street.

RESOLVED (By consent)

That Council

1.      Approach Endeavour Energy to obtain necessary approvals for the installation of the Bannerconda® banner system on the Endeavour Energy Poles along the Princes Highway between Bridge Road and Worrigee Street, Nowra.

2.      Provide the Committee with an overview of how other Banners in the CBD are managed including an overview of the policies in place and a  spreadsheet of bookings for the current flags.

3.      Create a policy as to how the Banners along the Princes Highway will be managed, should this not be able to be managed under an existing policy of the Council

4.      Seek advice as to what funding may be available from the Shoalhaven Tourism Action Group and the Business and Economic Development Committee of the Council towards the installation of  Bannerconda®  banner system on the Endeavour Energy Poles along the Princes Highway between Bridge Road and North Street, Nowra.

CARRIED

 

 

CBD18.27  Permanent Installation of Christmas Lighting Nowra CBD - Junction and Berry Streets Nowra

HPERM Ref: D18/106937

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That:

1.    The Committee receive the report for information.

2.    The Committee agree to fund fairy lighting of the two (2) fig trees in Berry Street.

3.    The Committee not proceed with retro fitting Christmas Lighting to the remaining sections of Berry Street and Junction Street.

 

The Chairperson asked if the lack of power in Berry and Junction Street is a Committee or a City wide issue.

The Unit Manager City Design and Support - Roslyn Holmes advised:

-       that there is power available in Jellybean park (Western Side), Junction court ( in the banner poles) and in Thoroughfare lane. The Economic Development Unit of Council manages the access to the power for these sites.

-       In Junction Street and the intersection of Berry and Junction (on Church and Post Office corners)  there are lamposts that we can draw power from.

-       In Berry Street the poles are Endeavour Energy poles who are traditionally reluctant to provide any power directly from these sources as they are unmetered.

-       Christmas Festoons must be 5 ½ metres above the road and there is a requirement for a structural engineering audit on the existing Council infrastructure to ascertain if the project can be progressed.

-       An option available to the Committee is to apply fairy lights to the Fig Trees in front of the Nowra library – costing $10,000.

Enquiries were made as to if power is available in Nowra lane.

The committee discussed the possible use of  laser lighting, data projection or solar lights instead of traditional lights and drawing power supply from the busness owners. This has not been investigated to date and will be investigated by a Christmas Lights Sub- Committee.

 

 

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That:

1.    The Committee receive the report for information.

2.    The Committee agree to fund fairy lighting of the two (2) fig trees in Berry Street at the front of the Library at a cost of $10,000.

3.    That a Christmas Lights Sub - Committee comprising of  Clr White and Lynne Kearney  to work with Roslyn Holmes on options for lighting within the constraints of the current promotions budget, with the view that suppliers be invited to a future meeting to provide options. 

CARRIED

 

 

CBD18.28  Lack of Power/Electricity for Past Events

HPERM Ref: D18/107193

Discussion on this item was incorporated in discussion on the previous item.

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee receive the report regarding concerns over lack of electrical power for past events with specific regard to access to power boards for information.

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee receive the report regarding concerns over lack of electrical power for past events with specific regard to access to power boards for information.

CARRIED

 

 

CBD18.29  Worrigee Street Footpath Upgrade - Costings

HPERM Ref: D18/108596

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the report outlining the Worrigee Street Footpath Upgrade Costings be received for information.

 

The Chairperson advised that this report was not provided with the first iteration of the Business Paper.  It was confirmed that this was the result of a business paper system error which was rectified as soon as it became apparent.

Members queried the detail provided in the report and advised that the Committee needed better breakdown of costs incurred to understand  what has occurred .

Mr Baxter confirmed that the $200,000 contribution of the Committee was based on an initial estimate of works for a project of over $600,00 and queried as to whether the contribution from the Committee should be reduced or refunded in part  given the actual cost was less than that estimated.

 

Action : The Director Assets and Works, Paul Keech, will seek further detailed information and provide it to the Committee if available. It was noted that more detailed information may have to be provided on a confidential basis. 

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That the report outlining the Worrigee Street Footpath Upgrade Costings be received for information.

CARRIED

 

 

CBD18.30  Next Steps - Possible Annual Winter Event, Nowra CBD

HPERM Ref: D18/80269

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That an Expression of Interest process be run to receive proposals from event organisers in accordance with the report on “Identifying the potential for a winter event to contribute to Nowra’s ongoing revitalisation” as prepared by MyTravelResearch.Com.

 

The Team Coordinator - Strategy North - Jessica  Volkanovski  advised that at the 31 January 2018 meeting the committee resolved to get further direction from staff on the Winter Event, and spoke to the report.

It was agreed that it would be too late at this stage to progress an expression of interest process for a 2018 Winter Festival.

A Sub- Committee  was identified to arrange a 2018 Winter Festival. A budget was not set for the event.

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

1.      That the report be received for information.

2.      That a 2018 Winter event be organised by a Sub-Committee comprising of Scott Baxter, Brendan Goddard, Lynne Kearney, and Jessica Volkanovski.

3.      That an Expression of Interest process be run to receive proposals from event organisers for a Winter Festival for 2019 onwards in accordance with the report on “Identifying the potential for a winter event to contribute to Nowra’s ongoing revitalisation” as prepared by MyTravelResearch.Com. with a budget of up to $50,000 per year.

CARRIED

 

 

CBD18.31  Wayfinding Signage - Assisting Pedestrian Movement in Nowra CBD

HPERM Ref: D18/102087

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Committee receive a verbal update in relation to potential locations, options for design and costings for implementation of wayfinding signage in Nowra CBD.

 

The Committee was provided a presentation showing concept designs for the Wayfinding Signage (copy attached to Minutes)

Mr Hindmarch commented that it would be beneficial to work in historic building and feature information in with the Wayfinding Signage.

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

1.      That the information provided to the Committee with respect to possible designs for Wayfaring signs be received for information

2.      That Jessica Rippon and Roslyn Holmes work with Wesley Hindmarch on the wayfinding signage.

CARRIED

 

George Parker left the meeting, the time being 5.35pm

 

 

CBD18.32  Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy - Budget and Project Updates

HPERM Ref: D18/104360

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Committee receive the Budget and Project updates report for information.

 

The Team Coordinator - Strategy North , Jessica Volkanovski explained the Balance sheet  that was presented as the attachment to the report.

Chairperson confirmed that voted items (budgets) should be recorded as ‘spent’ on the timeline and budget update attachment.

Clr Gash left the meeting 5.45pm

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That the Committee receive the Budget and Project updates report for information.

CARRIED

 

 

 

CBD18.33  Information Report - Nowra CBD Contributions Discount Subsidy Policy

HPERM Ref: D18/105188

It was confirmed that $50,000 budget has now been established to fund successful applications under the Policy

 

Recommendation (Item to be determined under delegated authority)

That the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee receive this report for information.

 

It was confirmed that $50,000 budget has now been established to fund successful applications under the Policy. The funding for this program is from Council and not the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee.

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee receive this report for information.

CARRIED

 

      

 

 


 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

CBD18.34  Additional Item - Berry Street Footpath Upgrade

The Unit Manager City Design and Support - Roslyn Holmes provided a concept plan and estimate for the Berry Street Footpath Upgrade ( This plan is attached to the Minutes)

The Concept stage cost estimate is $865,387. That includes a Cafe blister, pedestrian crossing, trees, tree pits, seating, new kerb and guttering, drainage, widened footpath, 35% contingency and 7% Project Management.

The costing excluded unknown sub-surface issues, night time/week end work, lighting, and works outside Roxy Cinema & Coffee'licious /Ella Bache.

 

RESOLVED (By consent)

That the verbal update from Unit Manager City Design and Support with respect to the concept stage of the Berry Footpath Upgrade is accepted and the Committee supports further work on the project.

CARRIED

 

 

 

CBD18.35  Additional Items - Various Items of General Business

1.         McDonalds Sign - Update

The Director, Planning, Environment and Development - Phil Costello advised that the matter of the McDonalds sign on the Princes Hwy near the intersection with Kinghorne Street had been followed up and assurances have been received that the sign will be removed within two (2) weeks.

2.         Mural - Kinghorne Street

Mr Baxter advised the Committee that he had been contacted by the owner of the adjacent property where the cherry picker is located. The property owner expressed concern that they had not been asked to give permission for the works. The Team Coordinator - Strategy North, Jessica Volkanovski advised that she was of the understanding that the property owner had provided permissions but would investigate this further.

3.         Parking on Haigh Avenue

Mr Baxter advised the Committee that an approved proposal to remove a parking zone on Haigh Avenue will result in further reduction of car spaces at this location.

4.         Kinghorne and North Street, Nowra

Mr Baxter advised the Committee that the current limited line of sight for traffic coming out of Kinghorne Street into North Street is an issue that should be addressed by the Council

5.         Planter Boxes

It was noted that an update on the issue of planter boxes should be placed on the Agenda for the next meeting of the Committee.

 

 

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting concluded, the time being 6.07pm

 

 

Mr James Caldwell

CHAIRPERSON