Precinct System Review Stage 1

Feedback closes 9 July 2020

The North Sydney ‘Community Precinct System’ was established in the 1970's encouraging residents, workers, students and property owners to take an active role in providing input into the operations of Council. Precinct Committees are run by residents and are advisory. Precinct meetings are open forums which anyone can attend and consult on a range of community issues.

On 4 December 2017, Council resolved to revisit the Discussion Paper that was presented to Council in December 2012 (which was publicly exhibited from December 2012 to April 2013). An interim report was considered by the Council in November 2019 at which time it was agreed to undertake a review of the Precinct System. On 24 February 2020, Council resolved (Min. No. 15) to commence Stage 1 of the review, by concurrently exhibiting the updated Discussion Paper and proposed amendments to the Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members (available in the document library).

The Review will be conducted in two stages. Stage 1 will obtain preliminary feedback on the updated Discussion Paper and amended Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members, by way of 120-day public exhibition period from 12 March to 9 July 2020.

Note: A project-specific Community Engagement Strategy (available from the document library) has been prepared for guide the Review. The Strategy will be updated once funding has been assigned for Stage 2.


DISCUSSION PAPER

The original Discussion Paper (2012) has been updated; it is intended as a ‘green paper’ seeking preliminary feedback on six recommendations:

  1. Terminology/Branding - determine level of interest in changing Precinct area/Committee names (to be considered in context of Recommendation No. 2);
  2. Reallocation of Precinct area boundaries - determine level of support for Precinct area boundary reallocation, with view to reduce the total number of Precinct areas;
  3. Combined Precincts Committee’s role and function - Terms of Reference to be reviewed in context of any other recommendations implemented;
  4. Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members - see below for more information - proposed amendments to the Code are concurrently exhibited with the Discussion Paper;
  5. Council’s level of support (resource allocation) - the current financial/in-kind and administrative support provided to the Precinct System should be reviewed in context of Council’s other engagement programs, marketing and promotion of the Precinct System and office bearer training needs, as well as and any changes to Precinct boundaries (to be considered in context of Recommendation No. 2);
  6. Other initiatives - consideration of a street party application process (depending on level of community interest this will be further considered as part of Council's next Delivery Program).

In response to the 2012/13 feedback, Recommendation No. 2 includes proposed boundary realignment options (x3). These are largely based on the options which were reported to Council in September 2013.

All Stage 1 feedback will be collated and analyzed, and used to inform the Stage 2 consultation seeking, which will include externally facilitated consultation and subsequent decision making by the elected Council.


AMENDED CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members was last reviewed in 2010 in consultation with Precinct Committees. The proposed amendments to the Code are in line with Council’s recently updated Code of Conduct - Councillors and Staff and to address issues/areas not currently covered including:

  • operational funding cannot be used for - political purposes/lobbying election campaigns and memberships;
  • proxy voting at Annual General Meetings is not permitted;
  • guidance regarding representation at Public Forums prior to Council Meetings (can represent on matters determined/endorsed by a Precinct Committee only);
  • use of social media by a Precinct Committee and by office bearers in personal capacity;
  • provision of alcohol at Precinct Committee meetings (requires review in context of insurance); and
  • dispute resolution and sanctions for Code breaches.

The proposed amendments are shown in red font (indicating new) and strikethrough (indicating deletion).


Hard copies of these documents may be viewed in the document library at:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9 amto 5 pm. Monday to Friday
  • Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9 am to 9 pm, Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm, Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information contact Jenny Gleeson, Manager Integrated Planning and Special Projects on 9936 8100.

Feedback closes 9 July 2020

The North Sydney ‘Community Precinct System’ was established in the 1970's encouraging residents, workers, students and property owners to take an active role in providing input into the operations of Council. Precinct Committees are run by residents and are advisory. Precinct meetings are open forums which anyone can attend and consult on a range of community issues.

On 4 December 2017, Council resolved to revisit the Discussion Paper that was presented to Council in December 2012 (which was publicly exhibited from December 2012 to April 2013). An interim report was considered by the Council in November 2019 at which time it was agreed to undertake a review of the Precinct System. On 24 February 2020, Council resolved (Min. No. 15) to commence Stage 1 of the review, by concurrently exhibiting the updated Discussion Paper and proposed amendments to the Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members (available in the document library).

The Review will be conducted in two stages. Stage 1 will obtain preliminary feedback on the updated Discussion Paper and amended Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members, by way of 120-day public exhibition period from 12 March to 9 July 2020.

Note: A project-specific Community Engagement Strategy (available from the document library) has been prepared for guide the Review. The Strategy will be updated once funding has been assigned for Stage 2.


DISCUSSION PAPER

The original Discussion Paper (2012) has been updated; it is intended as a ‘green paper’ seeking preliminary feedback on six recommendations:

  1. Terminology/Branding - determine level of interest in changing Precinct area/Committee names (to be considered in context of Recommendation No. 2);
  2. Reallocation of Precinct area boundaries - determine level of support for Precinct area boundary reallocation, with view to reduce the total number of Precinct areas;
  3. Combined Precincts Committee’s role and function - Terms of Reference to be reviewed in context of any other recommendations implemented;
  4. Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members - see below for more information - proposed amendments to the Code are concurrently exhibited with the Discussion Paper;
  5. Council’s level of support (resource allocation) - the current financial/in-kind and administrative support provided to the Precinct System should be reviewed in context of Council’s other engagement programs, marketing and promotion of the Precinct System and office bearer training needs, as well as and any changes to Precinct boundaries (to be considered in context of Recommendation No. 2);
  6. Other initiatives - consideration of a street party application process (depending on level of community interest this will be further considered as part of Council's next Delivery Program).

In response to the 2012/13 feedback, Recommendation No. 2 includes proposed boundary realignment options (x3). These are largely based on the options which were reported to Council in September 2013.

All Stage 1 feedback will be collated and analyzed, and used to inform the Stage 2 consultation seeking, which will include externally facilitated consultation and subsequent decision making by the elected Council.


AMENDED CODE OF CONDUCT

The Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members was last reviewed in 2010 in consultation with Precinct Committees. The proposed amendments to the Code are in line with Council’s recently updated Code of Conduct - Councillors and Staff and to address issues/areas not currently covered including:

  • operational funding cannot be used for - political purposes/lobbying election campaigns and memberships;
  • proxy voting at Annual General Meetings is not permitted;
  • guidance regarding representation at Public Forums prior to Council Meetings (can represent on matters determined/endorsed by a Precinct Committee only);
  • use of social media by a Precinct Committee and by office bearers in personal capacity;
  • provision of alcohol at Precinct Committee meetings (requires review in context of insurance); and
  • dispute resolution and sanctions for Code breaches.

The proposed amendments are shown in red font (indicating new) and strikethrough (indicating deletion).


Hard copies of these documents may be viewed in the document library at:

  • Council’s Customer Service Centre, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9 amto 5 pm. Monday to Friday
  • Stanton Library, 234 Miller Street, North Sydney, from 9 am to 9 pm, Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 6 pm, Friday, and 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday.

HAVE YOUR SAY

Use the online submission form (below) or alternatively, send submissions to:

Email - yoursay@northsydney.nsw.gov.au

Mail - General Manager
North Sydney Council
PO Box 12
NORTH SYDNEY NSW 2059

For further information contact Jenny Gleeson, Manager Integrated Planning and Special Projects on 9936 8100.

Amended Code of Conduct - Submission Form

Before completing the submission form ensure you have read the Amended Code of Conduct - Precinct Office Bearers and Members available from the document library.

This form includes three (3) fields with drop down menu to choose which section of the Code your feedback most relates to. Alternatively to provide general comments use the 'additional information' field or attach your submission as MS Word or PDF. 

This form is for use by INDIVIDUAL Precinct members, the general public or other stakeholders. Note: Precinct Committees must use the supplied submission form. 

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