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The Aboriginal Reference Group provides input to Council regarding issues affecting the Indigenous community in Wollongong and provides the Aboriginal community with capacity to inform Wollongong City Council’s decision-making processes.
 
The Reference Group enables Wollongong City Council to meet its Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan 2012, in particular those parts of the plan that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
 
The Reference Group also provides a point of contact for Council’s broader consultation with the Aboriginal community and promotes Aboriginal initiatives and celebrations auspiced by Wollongong City Council.
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Reference Group
  • 10 Community Representatives who may be constituents of particular interest groups or employees of particular Aboriginal organisations.  However membership of the Reference Group is based on representation of the community, rather than representation of specific interest groups or organisations.
  • 2 Councillors
  • 1 Council Officer
Sue Savagessavage@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The Walking, Cycling and Mobility Reference Group provides advice to Council on the preparation and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian and disability access policies and strategic plans in the City of Wollongong. 

The responsibilities and functions of the Walking, Cycling and Mobility Reference Group are to assist and advise Council on: 

  • Promoting cycling and walking for improved health and environmental outcomes
  • Access barriers for people with disability, as well as older people and children
  • Better understanding issues preventing increases in cycling and walking as transport choices
  • Making the city’s walking and cycling network child friendly
  • Support and facilitate communication between Council and the local community on disability access issues
  • Advocate for the community on access issues raised by the community
  • The needs for walking and cycling connections to public transport
  • Town centre and neighbourhood planning with respect to provision of suitable bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure
  • Priorities for the implementation of policies or strategic plans to support cycling, walking accessibility and connectivity.

The Active Transport Reference Group addressed similar issues prior to the creation of the Walking, Cycling and Mobility Reference Group. 

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Reference Group
  • 2 Councillors [WCC]
  • 1 Council Officer from Infrastructure Strategy + Planning [WCC]
  • 1 Council Officer from Community Development & Social Planning
  • 2 community members representing bicycle users
  • 2 community members representing pedestrians
  • 2 community members representing the access needs of people with a disability
  • 1 community member representing the access needs of families with children
  • 1 community member representing the access needs of seniors
  • Other external transport experts may be invited to attend and provide advice as required.
Senior Traffic Engineercouncil@wollongong.nsw.gov.au27/08/2018
  

The Australia Day Committee assists Council in delivering a safe and enjoyable community event on Australia Day within available budget resources by –

  • Providing a forum for discussion to help guide the strategic direction of the event.
  • Where appropriate, forming sub-committees to oversee specific aspects of the Australia Day celebration, within available budget resources.
  • Determining and fulfilling a process for deciding the winners of the various categories in the Citizen of the Year awards.
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Section 355 Committee
Lord Mayor
2 Councillors
Australia Day Council representative
Up to 10 community representatives (comprising 2 youth representatives aged under 26 years)
Current Citizen, Youth Citizen and Cultural and Community Award winners
Tracey Needhamtneedham@wollongong.nsw.gov.au12/09/2018
  

​Under the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual (2005), a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is required to assist Council's in the development and implementation of Floodplain Risk Management Plans across their respective Local Government Areas.  Floodplain Risk Management Committees have been formed to oversee this process for the Fairy-Cabbage Tree Creek, Wollongong City and Allans Creek catchments. Council will run combined committee meetings for these Central catchments in 2017.

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Reference Group
Refer section 5 of the Charter (revised November 2016)
Isabelle Ghettiighetti@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

​Under the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual (2005), a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is required to assist Council's in the development and implementation of Floodplain Risk Management Plans across their respective Local Government Areas.  Floodplain Risk Management Committees have been formed to oversee this process for the Hewitt's Creek, Collins Creek and Towradgi catchments. Council will run combined committee meetings for these Northern catchments in 2017.

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Reference Group
Refer section 5 of the Charter (revised November 2016)
Isabelle Ghettiighetti@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

​Under the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual (2005), a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is required to assist Council's in the development and implementation of Floodplain Risk Management Plans across their respective Local Government Areas.  Floodplain Risk Management Committees have been formed to oversee this process for the Minnegang Creek, Mullet and Brooks  Creeks, Lake Illawarra and Duck Creek catchments. Council will run combined committee meetings for these southern catchments in 2017.

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Reference Group
Refer section 5 of the Charter (revised November 2016)
Isabelle Ghettiighetti@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The purpose of the Community Safety Reference Group (CSRG) is to bring partners together (NSW Police; Local, State and Federal Government agencies; non-government agencies and the community) to identify and drive the development of specific strategies to improve and enhance community safety in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

The CSRG enables Wollongong City Council to meet the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan and in particular, those parts of the plan that relate to the creation of a safe city.  The Group also provides a point of contact for Council’s broader consultation with the wider community.

The aims and objectives of the Group are to:
 
  • Provide input to Council in relation to the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan.
  • Examine short and long-term strategies that broadly encompass the key strategic approaches of situational and social crime prevention so that people will feel safe in Wollongong.
  • Provide input to Council in relation to the Wollongong 2022 Community Srategic Plan.
  • Discuss and provide comment on the extent of crime and community concern about safety in Wollongong.
  • Provide input on strategies which aim to reduce the community's fear of becoming a victim of crime.
  • Support and facilitate communication between Council and the local community on crime and community safety issues.
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Reference Group
  • 2 Police representatives who will be from Wollongong Local Area Command and Lake Illawarra Area Command respectively
  • representatives from a range of relevant government and non-government agencies including but not limited to:
    • Service Representatives
    • Religious and Charity Based Organisation
    • Business and Industry
    • State Government Departments
    • Education and Research
  • 2 Wollongong City Councillors
  • 1 Wollongong City Council Officer
Sue Savagessavage@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The Cultural Reference Group provides information and advice to Council in relation to community cultural development, public art, cultural industry development and the Viva la Gong Festival.

 

The Reference Group enables Wollongong City Council to meet the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan and in particular, those parts of the plan that relate to the creation of a creative and vibrant city.
 
The Reference Group provides a point of contact for Council’s broader consultation with the cultural community in the Wollongong Local Government Area.

 

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Reference Group
  • 10 community representatives reflecting a diverse range of interests and experience that provide a balance of arts and cultural disciplines, including but not limited to the performing arts, visual arts and literary arts
  • representation of all levels of arts involvement ranging from recreational to professional
  • 2 Wollongong City Councillors
  • 1 Wollongong City Council Officer
Sue Savagessavage@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The Economic Development Advisory Board was established to provide advice to Council on the formulation and review of economic development policies and programs, and lobby for the advancement of the economic development of Wollongong.

The Advisory Board is responsible for providing advice to Council management in the formulation, monitoring, implementation and review of Council’s economic development program and policies with a strong focus on business attraction and expansion, business development, industry development and business infrastructure. 
 
The Advisory Board also provides advice or assistance to Council on any other economic development matter/s, as requested by Council.
 
The Advisory Board recognises the important role that other organisations and agencies play in economic development and makes every effort to build and maintain strong partnerships with these organisations to ensure collaboration and non-duplication of effort or resources.

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Advisory Committee
5 Councillors
7 Community Members (appointed by Council resolution)
 
Community members are appointed for a term of up to two years and are eligible for reappointment.
 
 
 
Mark Grimsonmgrimson@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  
The Environment and Sustainability Reference Group provides advice to Council on policies and strategies which relate to Wollongong’s environment. The focus of the Reference Group is to assist Council work towards improving environmental outcomes and achieving long-term sustainability.  The Group comprises people interested in furthering these aims.
 
The responsibilities and functions of the Environment and Sustainability Reference Group are to -
  • Review and monitor Council's Sustainability Policy;
  • Develop, review and monitor environmental strategies which support the implementation of the Sustainability Policy;
  • Consider the cumulative effects of Council's decisions on environmental health and the achievement of long-term sustainability; and,
  • Provide advice to Council on strategic projects and Council policies related to, or that may impact on, Wollongong’s environment and the achievement of long-term sustainability.
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Reference Group

Membership of the Reference Group was via an Expression of Interest and comprises the following -

  • 3 Councillors (one from each Ward);
  • 1 State Government representative from the Office of Environment & Heritage;
  • 1 representative from the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority;
  • 3 independent members (one from each Ward) with a wide knowledge and expertise in environmental issues;
  • 2 representatives from local, broad-based community environmental groups;
  • 1 representative of a local Aboriginal group as nominated by Council's Aboriginal Reference Group;
  • 1 independent scientific advisor.
Jenny Hainingjhaining@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  
The Escarpment Planning Reference Group provides advice, feedback and support to Council in reviewing, implementing and monitoring policies and actions identified in the Illawarra Escarpment Strategic Management Plan. In addition, the Group provides advice on the consistency of Escarpment area rezoning proposals with the objectives of the Illawarra Escarpment Strategic Management Plan.
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Reference Group
  • 3 Councillors (1 from each Ward);
  • 2 Community Representatives interested in escarpment conservation matters;
  • 2 Illawarra Escarpment Landowners;
  • 2 Representtaives from Community Groups interested in escarpment conservation matters;
  • Representatives nominated by Council's Aboriginal Reference Group;
  • Representatives of the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure;
  • Representatives of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage; and
  • Representatives of the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.

 

Damian Gibbinsdgibbins@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  
The Estuary and Coastal Zone Management Committee provides advice to Council on the preparation and implementation of estuary and coastal zone management plans for Wollongong. The Committee comprises people interested in the sustainable management of the Wollongong coastline.
 
The responsibilities and functions of the Estuary and Coastal Zone Management Committee are to:
  • assist Council to develop an Estuary and Coastal Zone Management Plan or Plans in accordance with the NSW Government guidelines;
  • develop a better understanding of estuaries and coasts and identify issues which need to be addressed;
  • assist in developing suitable strategies to address estuary and coastal zone management issues;  and,
  • monitor and evaluate the implementation of Estuary and Coastal Zone Management Plan or Plans.
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Advisory Committee
  • 3 Councillors (one from each Ward);
  • an independent scientific advisor appointed by WCC in each of the areas of estuary and coastal zone management;
  • representatives from each of the following State Government agencies - Office of Environment & Heritage, Department of Lands, Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries) and Department of Planning;
  • 1 representative of the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority;
  • representatives from local, broad-based community environmental groups;
  • 6 independent community representatives (2 from each Ward) with knowledge and expertise in estuary and coastal issues.
Tony Miskiewicztmiskiewicz@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

Under the NSW Government's Floodplain Development Manual (2005), a Floodplain Risk Management Committee is required to assist Council's in the development and implementation of Floodplain Risk Management Plans across their respective Local Government Areas. The Collins Creek Catchment Floodplain Risk Management Committee has been formed to oversee this process for the Allans Creek catchment.​

 

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Reference Group
  • 2 Councillors (Wards 2 and 3)
  • 3 representatives from Wollongong City Council
  • 1 representative from Roads and Maritime Services
  • 1 representative from SES Wollongong City Unit
  • 1 representative from SES Illawarra/South Coast Region Headquarters
  • 1 representative from Office of Environment and Heritage
  • 1 representative from Rail Corp NSW
  • 4 representatives from the Community (including 2 from NEFRAG)
Yelia Pererayperera@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The Lake Illawarra Estuary Management Committee has been established to provide advice and support to Wollongong City and Shellharbour City Councils on the preparation and implementation of a strategic coastal zone management plan for Lake Illawarra. The Committee comprises people interested in the sustainable management of the health of Lake Illawarra.
The responsibilities and functions of the Lake Illawarra Estuary Management Committee are to assist Wollongong City and Shellharbour City Councils to develop a Coastal Zone Management Plan for Lake Illawarra in accordance with the NSW Government guidelines; develop a better understanding of estuary health and identify issues which need to be addressed; assist in developing suitable strategies to address estuary and coastal zone management issues; monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Coastal Zone Management Plan; and provide advice on planning proposals and major capital works proposed to take place in the Lake Illawarra catchment.
The Wollongong City Council Local Government Area Community Representatives are happy to hear from members of the public. Their contact details are:
Annie Marlow - anniemarlow@gmail.com
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Advisory Committee

Membership of the Committee comprises the following:

  • THREE (3) councillors from Wollongong City Council
  • THREE (3) councillors from Shellharbour City Council
  • TWO (2) community members from each LGA;
  • TWO (2) Aboriginal community representatives;
  • TWO (2) independent scientific advisors;

Representatives from each of the following – Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Lands (Crown Lands), Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Department of Planning; Roads and Maritime Services; South East Local Land Services, Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and Sydney Water.

Kristy Blackburnkblackburn@wollongong.nsw.gov.au18/12/2018
  

The Sports and Facilities Reference Group acts as an advisory group to Council and assists in the implementation of the Sportsground and Sporting Facilities Strategy and identification of priorities for sport and sporting infrastructure.

The Group provides advice to Council on sport in the City, including -

  • Advice to Council on the needs of priority facilities.
  • Contribution to the master planning process of Regional and District level facilities.
  • Help with prioritising individual sports needs for funding purposes.
  • Advice and help with prioritising funding applications.
  • Assists with the implementation of the Sportsground and Sporting Facilities Strategy 2008 - 2017.
  • Identification of opportunities for the City to attract and secure major sporting events.
 
 

 

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Reference Group
• 3 Councillors (one from each Ward); • 1 representative of Sport and Recreation Communities   NSW; • 1 representative of Illawarra Academy of Sport; • representatives from each of the following Sporting Associations – NSW/ACT AFL; Athletics; Illawarra Baseball; Cricket; Illawarra Football South Coast; Hockey; Illawarra District Netball Associaton; Illawarra Rugby League; Illawarra District Rugby Union Association; Wollongong Tennis Association; and Wollongong Touch Association
 
Non-Voting Members:
Manager Property and Recreation, Mr Peter Coyte
Recreation Services Manager, Mr Mark Bond
Recreation and Open Space Project Office, Mr Steve Maidment
Sportsground Co-ordinator, Mr Jeff Wearing
 
Steve Maidmentsmaidment@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The West Dapto Review Committee provides advice to Council on policies and strategies which relate to the West Dapto land release.  The focus of the Committee is to assist Council work towards the West Dapto land release.

The responsibilities and functions of the Committee are to -
  • Develop and review the West Dapto Access Strategy;
  • Review and monitor a coordinated (local and state) infrastructure delivery plan;
  • Consider the cumulative effects of Council's decisions on the West Dapto land release;
  • Provide advice to Council on strategic projects and Council policies related to, or that may impacton the West Dapto land release.
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Advisory Committee
  • Lord Mayor [WCC] Chair
  • All Ward 3 Councillors [WCC]

Council's Director Planning and Environment will attend meetings as an ex-officio member.  Other Council staff, government officers, advisors or individuals may be invited to attend meetings to provide expert advice, information or presentations in relation to the Committee's business and will act as ex-officio members.

Andrew Carfieldltalevski@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  
The Wollongong Art Gallery Reference Group works with Wollongong Art Gallery to enhance programs and services and assist with community participation and engagement.
 
The Group enables Wollongong City Council to meet the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan and in particular, those parts of the plan that relate to the creation of a creative, vibrant and cultural city.
 
The Group supports the Gallery in the provision of a diverse annual program of exhibitions, education and public programs, providing a range of quality cultural activities and services to the Wollongong community.
 

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Reference Group
  • 6 Community Representatives – made up of people from the arts, business and broader community and preferably residents of the Wollongong LGA
  • The president of the Friends of Wollongong Art Gallery or nominee
  • 1 representative of the University of Wollongong
  • 1 representative of the TAFE NSW – Illawarra Institute
  • 1 representative of Department Education & Training
  • 2 Wollongong City Councillors
  • 1 Wollongong City Council Officer
Sue Savagessavage@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

​The Wollongong Bicentenary Committee has been established to provide advice to Council in relataion to the approaching Bicentenary of European settlement in the Illawarra.  The focus of the Committee is to facilitate the development of events and activities to celebrate the 2015-2016 Bicentenary of Wollongong in a manner which is inclusive and recognises the multiple cultural stories that make up the heritage of the City as well as being sensitive to the range of views relating to European settlement of the City and particularly, the impact European settlement has had on the local Aboriginal community.

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Reference Group
 
  1. Two Councillors
  2. A representative from the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee (to be nominated by that Group)
  3. A representative from the Aboriginal community
  4. A maximum of seven (7) independent members representing either a wide knowledge and expertise in history or event management OR representing a key group.

The Chairperson will be appointed by Council from the Councillor representatives.

Susan Wardleswardle@wollongong.nsw.gov.au4/07/2018
  

The Wollongong Heritage Reference Group has been established to provide advice to Council on its policies and strategic projects where these relate to the management, conservation and promotion of Wollongong’s heritage. The Group comprises people interested in the management and conservation of Wollongong’s unique cultural heritage.

The responsibilities and functions of the Heritage Reference Group are to:

  • Monitor and support the implementation of the Wollongong Heritage Strategy and Action Plan;
  • Provide advice to Council on the review and update of the Heritage Schedule in Council’s Local Environmental Plan(s), including recommendations relating to the nomination and deletion of items;
  • Provide advice to Council on strategic projects and Council policies related to, or that may impact on, the conservation and management of Wollongong’s heritage;
  • Raise community awareness of heritage conservation through heritage promotions;  and,
  • Provide advice to Council on the distribution of the local heritage grant fund.
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Reference Group
  • 2 Councillors
  • 8 independent members with a wide knowledge and expertise in natural and cultural heritage
Joel Thompsonjthompson@wollongong.nsw.gov.au24/08/2018
  

The Multicultural Reference Group works with Council and other agencies to address issues affecting culturally and linguistically diverse communities (CALD) in the Wollongong Local Government Area. The Group provides these communities with capacity to inform Wollongong City Council's decision-making processes.

The Group enables Wollongong City Council to meet the Wollongong 2022 Community Strategic Plan and in particular, those parts of the plan that relate to the creation of a diverse and connected city.
 
The Group works in an advisory capacity providing Council with information and knowledge on local CALD communities. It also acts as a point of contact for Council’s broader consultation with the CALD communities.

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Reference Group
  • 10 Community representatives of a CALD background who are able to demonstrate leadership within their community; represent issues and needs of people from CALD backgrounds; promote, consult and advocate on a range of issues in order to improve access and equity for people from CALD backgrounds
  • 2 Wollongong City Councillors
  • 1 Wollongong City Council Officer
Sue Savagessavage@wollongong.nsw.gov.au27/08/2018