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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Notice of Motion

COMMUNITY SPORTING FIELD AGREEMENTS (S103138)

It is resolved that Council note:

(A) on 7 March 2016, the Sutherland Shire Council Infrastructure Projects and Works Committee received a report titled ‘Community Sporting Field Agreements with the Department of Education and Communities’. The report noted that:

(i) historically the Department of Education and Communities had encouraged local schools to enter into community use agreements for the use of sporting fields guided by the Community Use of School Facilities Policy;

(ii) the Department of Education and Communities have recently changed their approach and individual school Principals are no longer permitted to enter into agreements for the community use of sporting fields, with agreement moving to the Department of Education and Communities;

(iii) local community sporting groups have expressed concern that they could lose access to school sporting fields under the new arrangements;

(iv) Council noted at its meeting on 23 February 2015 that changing demographics and population growth in the City of Sydney was increasing demand for the Council-owned sport and recreation facilities;

(v) on 27 April 2015, a Lord Mayoral Minute requested that an integrated Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study be reported to Council by the end of 2015; and

(vi) on 21 March 2016, Council was advised, via an answer to a Question on Notice, that the Open Space, Sports and Recreation Needs Study was currently being finalised; and

(B) the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i) investigate whether any schools in the City of Sydney LGA have been impacted by the Department of Education and Communities policy change;

(ii) investigate whether these changes may place added pressure on the demand for Council-owned sport and recreation facilities; and

(iii) report back to Council via the CEO update about the impact of the changes on local schools and sporting clubs.

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