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1912

 

Tuesday 2nd of January 1912

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 2nd of January 1912.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Turtle Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed on motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Bamfield and signed.

Correspondence

Letter from E Williams asking that the lamp be removed to the opposite corner at the intersection of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from W Richmond asking that the Road the wood blocked from Stanmore Road to Juliett Street.

Received.

Letter from the Waterloo Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to obtain an alteration in the undertaker’s award so as to provide for burials on Sundays during the summer months.

Received and cooperation granted on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Letter from S L Cole covering a copy of the Municipal and Shire Councils award and explaining the provisions of same.

Alderman Bamfield moved: “That the letter be received and Mr Cole thanked for his attention to the matter.” Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from the Newtown Electric Light Company asking permission to erect an electric sign at the Trocadero Picture Palace.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from J Archibald making application for Council’s approval of a subdivision plan of land at the corner of Edgeware Road and Darley Street also requesting the return of the plans of 2 cottages and Edgeware Road near Darley Street.

Received and consideration deferred till a later period of the evening.

 

Petition

Petition from C Barnes S Ward and 42 others praying that Lord Street be watered was received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

 

Reports

the Finance Committee reported having paid accounts since last meeting amounting to £297.2.8 and that the Balances at credit of Funds at 31/12/1911 were as follows:

General Fund £2163.2.5
Trust Fund £ 103.0.0
Wood Blocks F D £2030.0.0
Town Hall Account R and R £ 304.10.0 £4600.12.5

 

Resolved: That the report be received and adopted and the payment of Accounts approved.

 

Financial Statement

the Financial Statement to 31st December 1911 was submitted and ordered to be laid upon the table.

The Finance Committee submitted a Special Report read a letter received from E A Turtle asking councils reasons for refusing approval of Plans of houses in Lord Street and recommended “That the matter be referred for Solicitors advice.”

Received and Adopted.

 

Overseer of Works

the Overseer of Works Report dealing with matters completed or in progress during the past fortnight was received and adopted.

The Sunday Inspectors Report as contained in paragraph 1 to 5 inclusive on pages 166/7 of Report Book was received the Applications mentioned in paragraph 3 were granted and the authority asked for in paragraph 5 was approved.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That all Resolutions of this Council of the 19th December 1911 in so far as they expressed approval of the plan and specification submitted by Mr J Archibald of 2 cottages in Edgeware Road near the Intersection of Darley Street be and the same I hereby rescinded.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Mr Archibald’s letters were again submitted for consideration when it was resolved: “That the further consideration of J Archibald’s applications stand over pending Legal advice as to this councils process in the matter in the meantime that the Applicant be informed that he may have the plans of his houses if he so desires.”

 

Alderman Cousins moved: “That a Committee be appointed to enquire into and report upon the advisability and probable cost of securing a motor for Street Watering purposes.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Resolved: That the matter be considered by the Works Committee with the at addition of Alderman Cousins.

 

Order of the Day

The Finance Committee submitted the following Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure that the year 1912 viz:

A The amount of the proposed expenditure out of the Fund to which the proceeds of the rates are to be paid.

 

General Purposes Administrator of Expenses
Salaries £950, Mayoral Allowance £200 Stationery printing advertising £200 Sundry Administrator of Expenses £125. £1475

 

 

Public Works
Road metal (Blue and White) £2500, wages £2300, Street Cleaning £1300, Bricks £400, Ballasted £150 Sand £140 Cement £50 Kerb and gutter £250 Plumbing £30 Timber £20 Plant, Tools, Repairs and etc £150. £8040

 

 

Health Administration
Inspectors Salaries £364 Garbage Service £1872 Sundry Expenses £80. £2316

 

Public Services
Street Watering £540 Street Lighting £2350, Fire Brigades Board £650. £3540

 

Municipals Property
Caretaker gas and etc £120, Rates £130. £250

 

Miscellaneous
interest on Loan £1260 Annual Provision for renewing wood blocks £1000 Newtown Brass Band £100 £2360
£17,981

 

B Amount on Hand available the such expenditure £2163.2.5
C Other revenue likely to be available £ 950.0.0
D Amount required to be raised £14867.17.7
E Total value of unimproved Land £1308462
Total improved Capital Value £3030996
Assessed Annual Value £ 221000

 

A rate of 2 ¾ pence on the unimproved capital value (£1308462) will yield £14992.15.10. (Subject to reduction on Appeal).

 

His Worship The Mayor moved: “That the foregoing estimates of Receipts and Expenditure for the year 1912 be and the same I hereby received and adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

The Meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed 16th January 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday January 16th 1912

 

Minutes of an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday January 16th 1912.

 

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Bamfield and Edwards.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Bamfield and signed.

 

Mayoral Minute re Year 1911

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) submitted a Minute dealing with the progress of the Municipality Financial and otherwise for the year 1911.

Received and adopted.

 

Correspondence

Letter from the North Sydney Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to obtain legislation to prohibit or regulate Advertising Hoardings.

Received and cooperation granted on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Elstub.

Letter from L Everingham making application to erect a Lamp on the path in front of Hatte’s Arcade.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from the Newtown Electric Light Company asking permission to low of the Electric Sign at the Trocadero Picture Palace to a position over the Awning.

Received and granted subject to the sign being fixed to the satisfaction of Councils Inspector.

Letter from the Department of Public Construction asking what the Council are prepared to do in the event of land in Wilson Street been handed over to the Council on a long lease at an nominal rental the playground purposes.

Alderman Lewis moved: “That this letter be received and the Minister informed that provided the whole of the land owned by the Department at this place is included in the lease this Council will fence it in and supervise it as a Children’s Playground.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Letter from the Department of Lands covering Gazette notices of Alignment of Yaralla Street Yaralla Lane and Brooks Lane.

Received and laid upon the table.

Letter from Alderman Taylor giving excerpts from the Fire Commissionaire’s report for 1911 was received.

At this junction His Worship The Mayor introduced Alderman Griffin Municipal Representative on the metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to briefly address the Council in support of his Candidature are for re-election.

Alderman Morgan moved a vote of thanks to Alderman Griffin for his attendance and address.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

Reports

Auditors Report

The Auditor (W H Cadogan) submitted his Report dealing with the councils Books of Accounts to 31st December 1911 and certifying to their correctness.

 

Balance Sheet

The Balance Sheet was also submitted showing details of accounts to the 31st December 1911 together with a list of rates outstanding duly certified.

Resolved: “That the Auditors Report Balance sheet and List of outstanding rates be received and adopted and laid on the table.

 

The Works Committee

submitted of reported meeting is held 8 and 16th January 1912 as set forth on the page 189 and containing paragraphs 1 to 4 inclusive.

Resolved that the Works Committees report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

 

Overseers Report

the Overseer of Works report dealing with works completed or in progress during the past fortnight and etc was submitted and it was resolved “That the report be received and the matter of plans referred to the Works Committee for report.

His Worship The Mayor reported that he had obtained legal advice and Counsels opinion and reference to two applications made under Ordinance 70 and acting under the advice received the Council should now approve of the Plans submitted.

After discussion it was resolved that the whole matter be referred to a Committee of the Whole Council for investigation and report as to the advisability of granting approval of the two plans submitted.

 

Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector’s report was contained in paragraphs 1 to 6 on pages 168/9 of the report book was received and it was resolved: “That the Report be received and adopted the applications for Registration mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted and Authority given to issue a Statutory Notice as recommended in paragraph 6.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the following works authorised for Camden and Enmore Wards and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on 31st of December 1911 in pursuance of Clause 3 Resolution 6 be now revoted.”

 

Camden Ward

1 Alice Street from King Street to Hawken Street remetal 22 feet wide at an estimated cost of £ 331
2 Alice Street from Hawken Street to Edgeware Road tarpave carriageway 22 feet wide at an estimated cost of £ 358
3 Newman Street from Angel Street to Union Street repair with metal and tarred screenings estimated cost £ 277
4 Gibbes Street lifted and relayed kerb and gutter from Whitehorse Street to No 14 tarpaved crossing West to East side and repair where required estimated cost £50
5 Goodsell Street South side from King Street to Goodsell Lane complete tar paving estimated cost £ 8.10.0
6 Wells Street footpath both sides from John Street to Edgeware Road repair and top dress estimated cost £ 44
7 Gowrie Street carriageway from Iredale Street to Munni Street top dress and lay strips 4 feet wide along gutters estimated cost £ 120
8 Commodore Street top dress carriageway estimated cost £   30
9 Hawken Street repair and top dress carriageway estimated cost £   27
10 Maria Lane complete kerb and gutter West side to East £   18
11 Darley Street intersection of John and Darley streets cubed £   50
12 Dickson Street and Pearl Lane renew crossing estimated cost £     9.10.0

 

Enmore Ward

13 Metropolitan Road carriageway tarpaved 22 feet wide estimated cost £ 660
14 Camden Street from King Street to station Street tarpave the carriageway 1st class estimated cost £ 186
15 Lane off Ferndale Street white metal estimated cost £   34
16 Claire Street remetal with white metal estimated cost £   66
17 Gladstone Street from Phillip Street to liberty Street remetal £ 140
18 Sarah Street renew gutters where required North side from Marian Street to Simmons Street estimated cost £ 18
19 Sarah Street remetal carriageway with white metal £   75
20 Francis Street repair carriageway with white metal £   80
21 Trafalgar Street remetal carriageway estimated cost £ 177
22 Trafalgar Street footpath South side renew repair and top dress £   35
23 Enmore Lane from Station Street to end of new gutters remetalled with white metal and from end of new gutters to Reiby Street tarpave from kerb to kerb estimated cost £   35

 

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 30th day of January 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

 

30th of January 1912

 

Minutes of a Special meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Monday 22nd of January 1912 at 7.30pm.

 

Present

Has Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

 

An apology was received from Alderman Turtle.

 

His Worship The Mayor announce the business of the Special meeting to be:

1 “The making of a General Rate of 2¾ pence in the £ for the year ending 31st December 1912 on the unimproved Capital Value of all rateable land in the Municipality to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised directed or obliged by the Act Ordinances and Regulations to extend or apply to the funds of the Area.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Has Worship The Mayor moved:

2 “That the sum of £1475 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes Administration Expenses.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His Worship The Mayor moved:

3 “The sum of £8040 be now Appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His Worship The Mayor moved:

4 “That the sum of £2316 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Health Administration.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His Worship The Mayor moved:

5 “That the sum of £3540 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Service.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His Worship The Mayor moved:

6 “That the sum of £250 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Municipal Property.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His Worship The Mayor moved:

7 “That the sum of £2360 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Miscellaneous Expenses.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed Town Hall Newtown 30th of January 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

Minutes of a Special Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Monday 22nd of January 1912 at 8.15pm.

 

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

An apology was received from Alderman Turtle.

 

Business

“To confirm the resolution making a General Rate of 2¾ pence in the £on the unimproved Capital Value.”

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved:

“That the Rate of 2¾ pence in the £ on the unimproved Capital Value of all Rateable Lands in the Municipality made and passed viz Resolution of this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day be and the same is hereby confirmed and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorised when the rates have been written up in the Rate Books to attach the common seal of the Council to and sign the Rate Books.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 30th day of January 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

 

Minutes of a Committee of the Whole Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Monday 22nd of January 1912 at 8.30pm.

 

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Alderman Clegg, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

 

An apology was received from Alderman Turtle.

 

Business

“To consider Legal advice received re-Building Ordinance 70 and Council’s regulations thereunder and the advisability of approving plans and specifications submitted under the provisions of the said Ordinances by E A Turtle and J Archibald.

Having fully considered the matter your Committee now recommend:

1 “That in accordance with the advice given by Counsel and concurred with by the Solicitors the Applications of E A Turtle and J Archibald be granted.”

2 “That a letter be sent to the Minister for Public Works pointing out that the disabilities the Council is labouring under in connection with Ordinance 70 and asking that the prompt step is be taken to amend the Act so as to give adequate powers of control over the Subdivision of Land and the erection of Building thereon.

Adopted.

 

30th of January 1912.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 30th of January 1912

 

Minutes of an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 30th of January 1912.

 

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg and Aldermen Turtle, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

 

Minutes

the Minutes of 3 meetings held 16th and 22nd of January were read confirmed on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Elstub and signed.

 

Alderman S L Cole

His Worship The Mayor welcomed The Mayor of the Glebe (Alderman Artlett) and also Alderman S L Cole (Glebe) who was present to address the meeting on behalf of his Candidature for the position of Municipal Representative on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Newtown Ambulance Brigade asking permission to make a Street collection on Saturday 25th of February on behalf of the funds of the Brigade.

Received and request granted.

Letter from Condon Brothers Butchers King Street asking permission to keep their door open during Business hours.

Received and request refused as it would be a breach of Ordinance 56.

Letter from William May Land master porting re-Band performance on the 22nd instant.

Received.

Letter from A C Lucas Secretary to the Wyalong Disaster Newtown Citizens Benefit soliciting the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen in connection with the Benefit to be held on the 14th February 1912.

Alderman Turtle moved “That the B received and the request granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Further letter from A C Lucas asking permission to Exhibit 6 calico signs in connection with the Benefit for 2 weeks.

Received and granted.

Letter from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that 3 ventilating shafts will be erected in connection with the Angel Street stormwater sewer.

Received.

Letter from the Wyalong Disaster Committee submitting a subscription list in connection with the relief Fund.

Received and to be laid upon the Office Table.

Letter from L Everingham asking permission to erect a lamp sign over the path opposite Hattie’s Arcade was refused on the recommendation of the Works Committee.

Letter from the Secretary to the Newtown Play grounds Committee giving further details of land in the Phillip Street Enmore.

Received and referred to Finance Committee.

 

Petition

Petition was received from Messrs Paterson Nickless Milen Guille and Company Greenwood and Swinburn asking permission to use cross blinds to shade their shop windows from the sun.

On the recommendation of the Works Committee was resolved:

“That where the circumstances warranted permission be granted for the use of a properly constructed and securely fixed playing roller blind as a sunshade on condition that the blind is erect to urge to the satisfaction of this Councils Inspector that a clear way of 7 feet is left between the bottom edge of the blind and the footway when the blind is fully lowered and that the blind is rolled up directly the sun is off the front or sides of the premises as the case may be.

Letter from Messrs William and J Dubber asking to be relieved of their Contract for the scavenging of Kingston Ward as the 3 Wards is found to be more than they can manage also requesting that the tender Deposit of £5 on the contract be returned.

Alderman Turtle moved: “That the B received and the request complied with.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

“That fresh tenders be called the scavenging of Kingston Ward.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith amendment moved by Alderman Turtle “That the scavenging of Kingston Ward be carried out by day labour.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared Carried.

 

Reports

a report was submitted from the Committee of the Whole Council which recommended 1 That the applications of Messrs Archibald and Turtle rebuilding be granted and 2 That a letter be sent to the Minister for Public Works pointing out the disabilities under which Councils are working owing to the inadequacy of their powers under Building Ordinance 70.

Alderman Rigg moved and Alderman Morgan seconded “That the report of the Committee of the Whole be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.”

Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis “That no reply be sent to the applications of Mr all Archibald and Turtle.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and lost.

The substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.

 

Finance Committee

the Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to the sum of £243.19.3 and recommended payments of accounts amounting to £599.9.10 as set forth on pages 105/6 of the Finance Committee.

Refund of Tender Deposits from the Trust Fund of £40.0.0 were also submitted for confirmation.

Resolved: “That the Finance Committees report be received and adopted and the Accounts submitted the Confirmed and Paid.”

 

Financial Statements

the monthly statements in accordance with Regulation 6 was submitted and ordered to be laid upon the table. Credit balance £2021.17.10 General fund and £63 Trust Fund.

The Works Committees report containing paragraphs 12 4 pages 190/1 of the Works Committees book was received and adopted. Applications from J Campbell for approval of plans of shop and Dwelling Enmore Road for Mr McDonnell was received and approval is desired granted.

 

 

Overseers Report

the Overseers report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight was received.

 

Inspectors Report

The Inspector’s report was submitted as contained in paragraphs 1 to 5 Report Book pages 170/1 and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted proceedings to be taken as recommended in paragraph 3.

At this junction His Worship The Mayor introduced Alderman: (Glebe) who address the Council in support of his candidature for the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.

A vote of thanks was accorded Alderman Cole for his address.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the following Works authorised and the votes of money therefore which lapsed on the 31st of December 1911 in pursuance of Clause 13 of Regulation 6 is being now revoted viz:

 

O’Connell Ward

1 Wilson Street Tarpave carriageway at an estimated cost of £1241
2 Erskineville Road Top dress Carriageway within 100 yards of King Street E.C. £9.10.0
3 Whateley Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £3.16.0
4 Hordern Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £6.10.0
5 Egan Street Top dress carriageway within 100 yards of King Street £6.10.0
6 O’Connell Street ”     ”    ”       ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £7.12.0
7 Watkin Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £14.0.0
8 Stephen Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £1.12.6
9 Missenden Road ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £8.2.6
10 Bucknell Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £6.10.0
11 Elizabeth Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £4.12.0
12 Fitzroy Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £6.10.0
13 Queen Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £9.5.0
14 Little Queen Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £4.12.0
15 Forbes Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £8.15.0
16 Bligh Street ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     ”     “ £7.0.0
17 Bucknell Lane Brown to Bucknell Street repair with white metal and top dress the carriageway £55.0.0
18 Watkin’s Lane Tarpave carriageway £125.0.0
19 Watkin Street Carriageway repair where necessary £130.0.0
20 Fitzroy Street Carriageway from Fitzroy Lane to present tarpaving repair remetal and topdress £32.0.0
21 Hemmings Lane Carriageway white metal and top dress £18.0.0
22 Egan Street Renew tar paving in front of Cottages £10.0.0
23 Chalder Street from Egan to O’Connell streets tar pave carriageway £74.10.0
24 O’Connell Street from prospect Street to bottom remetal with white metal and tarpave £85.0.0
25 Longdown Street from Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street renew gutterstones where required and repair carriageway £60.0.0
26 Forbes Street repair and top dress footpath £19.0.0
27 Missenden Road ballast and metal carriageway and renew crossing at Richard and Aylesbury Street £275.0.0
28 Erskineville Road from Wilson Street to Railway Bridge remetal £118.0.0
29 Queen Street repair and top dress carriageway £50.0.0
30 Linthorpe Street metal with white metal and top dress £168.0.0
31 Missenden Road western side renew gutterstones from No 2 to 4 £4.0.0
32 Raper Street from O’Connell to Hordern Street remetal with white metal where required and top dress carriageway and repair gutterstones where necessary £55.0.0
33 Aylesbury Street South side complete kerb and gutter and tarpaving to Elizabeth Street £50.0.0
34 Campbell Street repair and top dress footpath £18.0.0
35 Longdown Street renew footpath where required £10.0.0
36 Little Queen Street renew footpath where required £8.10.0
37 Fitzroy Street renew footpath where required and top dress £40.0.0
38 Hordern Street footpath renew where required and top dress £57.0.0
39 Church Street east side footpath renew where required and top dress £45.0.0
40 Hordern Street from King Street to prospect Street remetal (white) £64.0.0
41 Church Street from Lennox to Victoria streets tar pave carriageway £185.0.0
42 Mechanic Street carriageway remetal with white metal £36.0.0
43 Susan Street renew footpath £37.0.0
44 Lanes Pines Estate Space between buildings fence or kerb to be tar paved
                                         Holdsworth Lane £5.8.0
                                         Randall Lane £5.14.0
                                       Wilson Lane £16.5.0
                                         Ivery’s Lane £15.0.0
                                         Leamington Lane £8.15.0

 

Kingston Ward

45 Lennox Street from Australia Street to Regent Street remetal with white from Regent to Oxford Street ballasted and metal with white metal £160.0.0
46 Hopetoun Street remetal carriageway with white metal 20 feet wide and top dress £89.0.0
47 Northwood Lane metal (white and top dress) £50.0.0
48 Bishopsgate Street repairs to footpath £8.10.0
49 Pierce Street tarpave carriageway £72.0.0
50 Australia Street remetal carriageway from Court House to Lennox Street £128.0.0
51 Lennox Street remetal carriageway from church to Australia Streets £143.0.0
52 Bedford Street Top dress carriageway within 100 yards of King Street £8.2.6
53 Eliza Street ”                   ”                           “ £8.2.6
54 Federation Street top dress carriageway £43.10.0
55 That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of tar paving Robert Street Regent Street from Bedford to Albemarle Street and Station Street from Bedford Street to Lennox Street

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Alderman Bamfield moved:

“That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and Ordinances thereunder and Allowance be granted to the Mayor for executing the office of Mayor for the ensuing term and the sum of £200 be the amount of such Allowance.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of carrying out the following works: 1 the tar metalling of the footpath on the Cemetery side of Church 8 inches from Caretakers Lodge to Federation Road.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 The tar metalling of the footpath on the Cemetery side of Lennox Street from Baptist Church to Mr Dibble’s premises.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis moved:

That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of top dressing with tar and sand the footpaths in King Street from Bligh Street to the Newtown Railway Bridge.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Lewis moved:

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of top dressing with prepared tar and the Nepean sand the Wood blocked carriageway in King Street from Bligh Street to the Newtown Railway Bridge and Enmore Road from the Railway Bridge to Stanmore Road.

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

 

Alderman Cousins moved for Alderman Lawler:

“That it be referred to the works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of top dressing with prepared tar and Nepean sand the Wood blocked carriageway in King Street South.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice:

This Worship The Mayor moved:

“That a letter be forwarded to Alderman Lawler expressive of this Council’s sincere regret at his indisposition caused by a brutal assault on the 26th January and expressing the hope that he will soon be restored to health and strength.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis drew attention to the inadequacy of the Police protection for an important Municipality like Newtown and instanced a difficulty experienced in obtaining prompt Police assistance in recent assault cases and moved: “That a letter be sent to the Inspector General of Police bringing the matter under his notice and asking for more Adequate Police Protection.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

 

Alderman turtle moved:

that a letter expressive of this Council’s sincere sympathy be forwarded to the widow of the late Ex Alderman Hitchcock who recently lost his life in a motor accident.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 13th day of February 1912.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

1911

O.M.

No. 11/1

3rd of January 1911

 

Tuesday 3rd of January 1911

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor Alderman Morgan and a full Council.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

 

Correspondence

1 From the Engineer in Chief for Existing Lines asking the permission of the Council to carry out blasting operations in connection with the quadruplicate a show in of the line from Central Station to Sydenham.

Received and permission granted provided the Chief Commissioner make good any damage caused thereby.

2 From the Secretary the Civil Ambulance asking permission to hold classes in connection with First Aid in any one of the rooms in the Town Hall.

Received and request granted provided the rooms not otherwise engaged.

3 From the Under Secretary Department of Lands asking whether the Council desires the carriageways and footways to be established of Enmore Lane Pemell Lane and Reiby Lane as shown on Official plan of alignment forwarded on 16th of November 1910.

Received and Council requests establishment of alignment.

4 From the Under Secretary Department of Lands forwarding for exhibition at the Council Chambers copy of plan (No N35.1953) of the proposed alignment of Gibb Norfolk and Whitehorse Streets Railway Newman Angel Gowrie Erskineville and Union Lanes.

Received.

5 From Frederik C Boulton forwarding cover note for £3000 under the Workmen’s Compensation Act to 31st January 1911.

Received.

6 From George E Vickers asking permission to place a sign 8 feet long by 1 foot 6 inches wide above the entrance to his surgery No 1 Edgeware Road.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

7 From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown notifying that a Fixed Deposit of £150 account Reserves and Renewals Town Hall Building bearing interest at the rate of 3% due 30th December 1911 is held for collection.

Received.

8 From Thomas A Mansell calling attention to the need of an Electric Light at the Lane near the railway between Burren and Pine Streets near Macdonaldtown Railway Station.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

9 From J Schofield forwarding plan and specification for a lorry shed of wood and iron at 175 Darley Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

10 From H J Parker stating that an ignorance of the Building Regulations he has erected a stable of wood and iron at the rear of hundred and 11 Bedford Street.

Received and to be considered with the Overseer of Works report.

 

Reports

 

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 20 of December 1910 amounting to £1257 and that the balance at credit of the various funds with the Bank of Australasia were as follows:

General Fund £2720.0.2
Trust Account        98.0.0
Fixed Deposit Wood Blocks   1000.0.0
Fixed Deposit Stormwater Drain     937.10.0
Fixed Deposit Reserves and Renewals Town Hall Building

Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress also the erection of a ward and iron stable at the rear of 111 Bedford Street without plans been submitted for approval.

Received and Mr Parkers explanation regarding the erection of the stable accepted.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reported that the contractors for scavenging the Kingston Enmore and Camden Wards had signed the Contracts and entered on their work but the Contract for the O’Connell Ward had failed to do so and therefore Mr Joseph Howarth the former contractor has been engaged to carry out the work from day to day pending the decision of the Council also the receipt of 119 applications for registration as Milk vendors and 2 applications for licenses to sell fish within the Municipality.

Received and registrations and licenses granted as recommended the matter of the O’Connell Ward Contractor to be considered at a later period.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Bamfield moved:

1 “That in accordance with the provisions of clause 8 of Section 7 of the Ordinances the Council do now fix the remuneration of the Electoral Offices in connection with the forthcoming Triennial Elections as follows:

Returning Officer       £6.6.0

Presiding Officers       2.2.0

Poll Clerks                  1.1.0”

Seconded by Alderman Milne.

Alderman Macready called for a division with the following result.

For the motion. Aldermen Bamfield, Smith, Lewis, Milne, Clegg, Turtle, Campbell, Jones, Elstub and Rigg.

Against. Alderman Macready.

The motion was declared carried.

 

Order of the Day

to receive and adopted the Finance Committees report of the probable expenditure on and expected revenue from the various services as prepared by the clerk and Overseer of Works in accordance with Section 142 of the Local Government Acts 1906-7-8

The Finance Committee

Submitted the following estimates viz:

 

Estimated Expenditure

(a) The amount of the proposed expenditure out of the Fund to which the proceeds of the rates are to be carried.

General Purposes Administrative Expenses
Salaries £1100
Stationery and Printing     150
Advertising        80
Election Expenses        50
Office and Lighting        20
Petty Cash and Postages        40
Audit Fee`        30
Valuation     150
Law Costs        20 1,640.0.0
Public Works
Blue Metal 1500
Wages 2500
Tar and Cartage     800
Bricks     400
Ballast     120
Cement        50
Plumbing Work        30
Plant and Repairs     200
Sand for Tar paving     100
Sand for Would Blocks        40
Blacksmiths Sharpening Tools        25
Forward £5765 1640.0.0
Public Works brought forward £5765 £1640.0.0
Bricks for General Repairs        20
Kerb and Gutter Stone     250.0.0
Stores (roads and tools account)        50.0.0
Timber        25.0.0 6110.0.0
Construction Work Stormwater Drain £1175     237.10.0
 
Health Administration
Garbage Service £1700
Sweeping Woodblocks 1100
Inspector     208
Disinfectants        30
Law Prosecutions        20
Pure Foods Act Expenses        20 3078.0.0
Public Services
Street Watering   375
Street Lighting 1750
Fire Brigades Board   750 2875.0.0
Municipal Property
Caretaker   150
Municipal Rates     140   290.0.0
Miscellaneous
Newtown Brass Band    100
Interest on Loan 1260
Annual Provision for renewing Ward blocks 1000 2360.0.0
£16590.10.0

The Estimates having being considered in detail the Mayor moved:

“That the estimates as read by the Clerk be and are hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Mayor moved:

that the Council proposed to levy a General Rate of Two Pence halfpence (2½pence) in the pound (£) on the On the improved Capital Value of £1,324,432 estimated to yield £1,3796.3.4 subject to reduction on appeals.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

The Mayor moved:

That the above Estimates considered and adopted by the Council be published as prescribed by the Act.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

O’Connell Ward Contract

The Council having considered the Inspector’s report regarding the failure of Robert Martin to take up the Contract for scavenging the O’Connell Ward Alderman Elstub moved: “That the tender of Mr Joseph How with at £45 (forty five pounds) per month be accepted.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

Public Holidays

Resolved that the resolution passed on 6 December 1910 that employees to have been in the service of the Council for a period of 12 months received full pay for Public Holidays take effect from the date of the passing of said resolution.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 17th day of January 1911.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 17th January 1911

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Bamfield, Lewis, Smith, Milne, Macready, Rigg, Elstub, Jones, Campbell, Turtle and Clegg.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

 

Correspondence

11 From F C Boulton forwarding proposal form for the Workmen’s Compensation Act for the ensuring of the Maintenance men.

Received and Referred to Finance Committee.

12 From Board of Health forwarding copy of report by the Government Analyst on chemical examination of 4 samples of milk collected on 22nd Alton oh by Inspector Watson.

Received.

13 From Drummoyne Municipality stating that a deputation is to be received by the Honourable the Premier at his office on Wednesday 18th instant at 12 o’clock noon and asking that as many Aldermen as can will be present.

Received.

14 From the Department of Lands asking whether the Council desires the carriageways and footways to be established of Brown Buckland Bucknell Bruce and Watkin lanes as shown on official plan of alignment forwarded on 23rd of November 1910.

Received and Council requests that alignments be established.

15 From Department of Plans calling attention to a notice in the Government Gazette of 4th January 1911 relating to the alignment of streets and lanes in this Municipality under the Public Roads Act 1902.

Received.

16 From Messrs Haynes and Colby asking if this Council would give them the cost of carrying a wire across King Street to the picture show and cost of installing same.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council has nothing to do with it and that the Balmain Company has control of same.

17 From J Watson Sanitary Inspector stating that he has engaged Messrs Poole and Eaton at 12/-per night each to sweep water and remove the sweepings from King Street and Enmore Road at night time each to provide a horse and cart also W Williamson to sweep the gutters and crossings at 6/8 per night.

Received.

18 From Sidney Syne applying for permission to paint a sign for Sunlight Soap on premises No 484 King Street Newtown.

Received and request refused.

19 From The Under Secretary Works Department respecting the proposed alteration of boundary between this Council and the City of Sydney and stating that such alteration could not be made (Received and request refused) by a simple change of boundary but that reconstitution of the 2 areas would be necessary and asking whether this Council desires reconstitution.

Referred to Finance Committee.

20 From H Abrahams superintendent of the Newtown District Ambulance and transport Brigade applying for permission to hold a Street collection on Saturday 25th of February 1911 to help procure a horse ambulance.

Received and permission granted.

21 From A J D Meares drawing attention to the absence of a lamp between Enmore Road and Liberty Street on Stanmore Road and requesting that an Electric Light be placed in lieu of the Gas Lamp recently removed.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

22 From A H Lockman and others calling attention to the necessity of placing a lamp at the bottom of the Lane in Eliza Street adjoining the school of arts in place of Gas lamp removed.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

23 From D Brennan drawing attention to the fact that the Street lamp at the rear of his premises in Wilson Street has been removed leaving the whole of that portion of the Street and darkness and asking if the Council will see their way clear to have it replaced.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

24 From Mrs M Yard complaining of the alteration to the Light at the corner of Metropolitan Road and cross Lane the light shines right into the front bedroom and making it untenantable and trusting that the Council will find some means of shading the light from the upper part of the house.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

25 From J The Weir drawing attention to the hardships he has to suffer through the removal of the light at the corner of Metropolitan Road and Cross Lane and stating that it affects his principal bedroom as a principal sleeping apartment and trusting that the Council will do the best they can to alleviate the nuisance.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

26 From the Superintendent Newtown District Ambulance and Transport Brigade applying for the use of the Hall free on Wednesday first proximo for the purpose of presenting Certificates for rendering first aid to the injured to the successful lady candidates who have passed their examinations.

Received and request granted.

27 From M G V Lees complaining of the smoke nuisance from burning tar in the Councils yard in front of his premises and asking if they can do something as it is very objectionable as the yard is so near and the material so handy perhaps the Council do the sidewalk around the house.

Received.

28 From Robert Morton asking if the Council will refund the deposit of £5 on tender for scavenging O’Connell Ward which he could not carry out.

Received and deposit to be refunded.

29 From Isaac Roff applying for Hoarding Licenses in this Municipality that the year ending 31st December 1911 as per list.

Received and licenses be granted except for those on walls application for licenses on walls to be refused.

 

Reports

 

The Lighting Committee

reported recommending several new lamps and removal of others.

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.

Received.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reported amongst other things having received 32 applications to be registered as milk vendors 9 applications to sell fish and rabbits and one butchers license to be transferred.

Also on the 10th instant he purchased 6 samples of milk and delivered them to the Government Analyst for report.

Also submitted annual report for the year 1910.

Received and licenses as recommended be granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Bamfield moved:

“That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 and the Ordinances thereunder this Council do now fix the allowance to be granted to the Mayor for executing the office of Mayor for the year 1911 at £100.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg Alderman Clegg moved as an amendment:

That it be left over for the incoming Council to consider. Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

On being put 5 voted for the Amendment and 6 for the Resolution which was carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Jones and Lewis asked for certain information regarding the Elections.

The Mayor said he could give no advice.

Alderman Turtle called attention to the fact that there were two sets of numbers in Lennox Street.

The Mayor said he would have a matter seen into.

Alderman Rigg moved that a letter of sympathy be sent to the Town Clerk hoping that he will soon recover.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved that Mr George Arthur Kitt be appointed Deputy Town Clerk while Mr Mackintosh is absent.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

This being the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 14th day of February 1911.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

S.M.

No. 11/2

 

Friday 20th January 1911

 

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Bamfield, Lewis, Smith, Milner, Macready and Elstub.

 

Business

By Order of the Mayor.

“To make a General Rate of 2½ (two pence halfpenny) in the pound (£) for the year ending 31st December 1911 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable Lands in this Municipality as proposed passed at a meeting of the Council held on the 3rd January instant and subsequently notified in accordance with the requirements of Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906 -7-8.”

 

The Mayor Moved:

“That this Council do now make and levy a General Rate of 2½ pence (two pence – halfpenny) in the £for the year ending 31st December 1911 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in the Municipality to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised directed or obliged by the Act Ordinances and Regulations to expend or apply the funds of the Area.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

 

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the sum of £1640 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes Administrative Expenses.”

Seconded by Alderman Milne and carried.

2 “That the sum of £6110 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

3 “That the sum of £237.10.0 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Construction Work.”

Seconded by Alderman Milne and carried.

4 “That the sum of £3078 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Health Administration.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

5 “That the sum of £2875 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Services.”

Seconded by Alderman Milne and carried.

7 “That the sum of £2360 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Miscellaneous Expenditure.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 14th day of February 1911 stop

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

S.M.

No. 11/3

 

Friday 20th January 1911

 

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall on the above date at 8.15pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Bamfield, Lewis, Smith, Milne, Macready, Elstub and Jones.

 

Business

In pursuance of notice given

The Mayor moved:

“That the rate of 2½ pence (two pence Halfpenny) in the Pound (£) on the Unimproved Capital Value of Rateable Lands in the Municipality made and passed by resolution on this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day be and the same is hereby confirmed and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorised when the rates have been written up in the Rate Books to attach the Common Seal of the Council to and sign the Rate Books.

Seconded by Alderman Milne and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 14th day of February 1911.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

1910

Tuesday 4th January 1910 (No. 10/1)

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Campbell, Elstub, Clegg, Ibbotson, Edwards, Smith, Bamfield and Turtle.

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed

Correspondence

From the Municipal Councils of Marrickville Petersham Darlington Erskineville and St Peters agreeing to send delegates to a conference to be held at the Town Hall here to consider the practicability of a scheme to enable joint action to be taken on matters affecting the whole of the Municipalities.

Received and the Clerk to arrange the date of the Conference and the number of delegates from each Council to consist of the Mayor and two Aldermen.

From the Secretary Australian Gas Light Company acknowledging receipt of notification to determine and put an end to the Contract and Agreement existing between the Company and the Council respecting the lighting of street lamps on 31st of December 1910. Received.

Reports

The finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations amounting to £1,020.15.5 and that the balance at credit of the various funds with the Bank of Australasia Newtown were as follows:

General fund £1128.13.3
Reserves and renewals Bank account   2500.0.0
Contract is Deposits     713.0.0
Fixed Deposits 3750.4.7
£8092.7.10

The Committee recommended in accordance with Regulation 6 clause 3 (c) that the sum of £2500 at credit of Reserves and Renewals Bank account be now transferred back to the General Fund Account to meet the first payment of 40% becoming due to the Contractors for re-wood blocking King Street South.

Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Overseer of Works

reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported the receipt of 27 applications for registration as Milk Venders under the Dairies Supervision Act and 3 applications for licenses to sell fish and recommending the registration and licenses be granted.

Received and adopted.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 18 day of January 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 4th January 1910 (No.10/1)

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held in the Town Hall on the above date at 8.30pm.

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Clegg, Campbell, Elstub, Edwards, Lewis, Smith and Turtle.

Business

“To receive and adopt the Finance Committees report on the estimates of the probable Expenditure on and expected revenue from the various sources as prepared by the Clerk and Overseer of Works in accordance with Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8.”

The Finance Committee

submitted the following estimates viz:

Estimated Expenditure

(a) The amount of the proposed expenditure out of the fund to which the proceeds of the rates are to be carried.

General Purposes – Administrator Expenses

Salaries £ 1100.0.0
Stationery Printing        200.0.0
Advertising          80.0.0
Election Expenses          10.0.0
Office and Lighting          20.0.0
Petty Cash and Postages          40.0.0
Audit Fee          30.0.0
Valuation        150.0.0
Law Costs          20.0.0
Collectors of Lists        100.0.0 1,750.0.0
Public Works
Blue Metal     1500.0.0
Wages     2650.0.0
Tar and Cartage        600.0.0
Bricks        400.0.0
Ballast      120.0.0
Cement          50.0.0
Plumbing Work          30.0.0
Forward £ 5350.0.0 1750.0.0
Plant and Repairs        200.0.0
Sand for Tar paving          80.0.0
Sand for Wood blocks          40.0.0
Blacksmiths Sharpening Tools          25.0.0
Bricks for General repairs          20.0.0
Kerb and gutter stone          50.0.0
Stores (Roads and Tools account)          50.0.0
Timber          25.0.0 5840.0.0
Construction Work Storm water drain 1500.0.0
Health Administration
Garbage Service £ 1600.0.0
Inspector        182.0.0
Disinfectants etc          30.0.0
Law Prosecutions          20.0.0 1832.0.0
Public Services
Street Watering        250.0.0
Street Lighting   2100.0.0
Fire Brigades Board     750.0.0 3100.0.0
Municipal Property
Caretaker etc     150.0.0
Municipal Rates     140.0.0   290.0.0
Miscellaneous
Interest on Loan     1260.0.0
Annual Provision for renewing X
Wood blocked pavements     1000.0.0 2260.0.0
£16572.0.0

 

Estimated Revenue

(b) Amount on hand available for expenditure £ 1128.13.3
(c) Other revenue likely to be available     800.0.0
(d) Amount required to be raised 14643.6.9
£16572.0.0

The estimates having being considered in detail the Mayor moved:

“That the estimates as read by the Clerk be and are hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Turtle dissenting asked that the fact be recorded.

The Mayor moved:

“That the Council proposed to levy a General Rate of two pence three farthings (2¾) in the pound (£) on the Unimproved Capital Value of £1,280,923.0.0 estimated to yield £14677.4.10 subject to appeal.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

That the above estimates considered and adopted by the Council be published as prescribed by the Act.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 18th day of January 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 18th of January 1910 (No. 10/2)

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Newtown Municipal Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Rigg, Campbell, Bamfield, Turtle, Smith, Cox, Edwards, Clegg, and Lewis.

Alderman Edwards apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Ibbotson.

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

Correspondence

From the Chamber Magistrate notifying that during the half year ended 31st of December 1909 the sum of £5.13.0 had been collected and handed to the Council.

Received.

From the Minister for Public Instruction intimating that he will receive a Deputation from this Council regarding the establishment of a Technical College in the district of Newtown on Thursday 20th instant at 12 noon.

Received and Parliamentary representatives to be notified.

From the Department of Public Works intimating that proclamation has been issued in Gazette of 5th instant declaring that the General Fund of a Council may be applied to the purchase construction and maintenance and management of public pounds.

Received.

From Thomas E J Foster with draft tracing of a proposed subdivision of Thurnby Estate for consideration.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Mrs Alice Gardiner calling attention to the rewood blocking of King Street to St Peters Railway Bridge and as a ratepayer beyond claiming consideration equally with those on the nearer side if it.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From James A Meek making application for permission to erect premises for the “Enmore Picture Company” situated at Enmore Road near Simmons Street. Received.

Mayors Minute Financial to 31/12/09

The Mayor submitted a lengthy Minute containing a Statement of the finances together with a review of the work done during the past year in which he congratulated the Council and ratepayers on its highly satisfactory financial position.

On the motion of Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Campbell the Minute was received.

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

reported having received 16 Applications for registration as Milk Vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and 20 Applications for licenses to sell fish under Ordinance No [?] 30 Applications under Ordinance No 55 for licenses to use hoardings for advertising purposes all of which registrations and licenses he recommended to be granted.

Received and registrations and licenses granted as recommended.

Alderman Cox

At an earlier stage of the proceedings the Mayor extended a very hearty welcome to Alderman Cox on his return from a trip to the old country and expressed the hope that his health had benefited by the change.

All the Aldermen accordingly greeted Alderman Cox who when replying said he had greatly enjoyed the trip.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That in pursuance of the provisions of the Fire Brigades Act 1909 and the Regulations made thereunder for the election of the member to serve as Municipal Representative on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales this Council do now proceed to record its vote for Alderman William Taylor.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 “That the foregoing resolution be sent in writing signed by the Mayor and countersigned by the Town Clerk sealed with the seal of the Council and addressed to the Returning Officer Town Hall Sydney.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Order of the Day

To consider what allowance if any shall be granted to the Mayor for the year 1910.

Alderman Lewis moved:

“That the Mayor be allowed the sum of £100.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

After a lengthy discussion the motion was put to the meeting and five voted for and five against.

The Mayor gave his casting vote against the motion which was therefore negatived

This being the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 1st day of February 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Monday 24th January 1910 (No. 10/2)

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Edwards, Campbell, Elstub, Bamfield, Turtle, Smith, Cox, Lewis and Clegg.

Business

By Order of the Mayor

To make a General Rate of 2¾ (two pence three farthings) in the pound (£) for the year ending 31st December 1910 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in this Municipality as proposed and passed at a meeting of the Council held on 4th January instant and subsequently notified in accordance with the requirements of Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8.

Alderman Turtle moved as an amendment:

that a rate of 2 and 5/8ths (two pence and five eighths of a penny) be levied on the Unimproved Capital Value which would yield £14010.2.9 and 1/8th to yield £667.2.9 to be applied to a Sinking fund for liquidating the loan.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and on being put lost.

The motion was then carried.

The Mayor moved:

“That this Council do now make and levy a General Rate of 2¾ (two pence three farthings) in the £ for the year ending 31st of December 1910 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in the Municipality to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised directed to urge or obliged by the Act Ordinances and regulations to expend or apply the funds of the area.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the sum of £1750 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes Administrative Expenses.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 “That the sum of £5840 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

3 “That the sum of £1500 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Construction Works.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

4 “That the sum of £1832 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Health Administration.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

5 “That the sum of £3100 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Services.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

6 “That the sum of £290 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Municipality Property.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

7 “That the sum of £2260 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Miscellaneous Expenditure.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 1st day of February 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Monday 24th January 1910 (No. 10/3)

Minutes of special meeting of the Council held in the Town Hall Newtown on the above date at 8.15pm.

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan and Aldermen Edwards, Campbell, Elstub, Bamfield, Turtle, Smith, Cox, and Lewis

Business

In pursuance of Notice given

The Mayor moved

“That the rate of 2¾ (two pence three farthings) in the pound (£) on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in the Municipality made and passed by resolution of this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day be and the same is hereby confirmed and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorised when the rates have been written up in the Rate Books to attach the Common Seal of the Council to and sign the Rate Books.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 1st day of February 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

1909

Tuesday 12th January 1909 (No. 09/1)

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Newtown Municipal Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Salmon, Campbell, Edwards, Ibbotson, Smith, Turtle, Elstub, Clegg and Cox.

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

Correspondence

From W Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board intimating that the Estimates of expenditure for the year 1909 have been adopted and the amount fixed at £57300 as against £52200 last year being an increase of £5100 for the current year. Received.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that the cash balances at the credit of the Council on 31st December were as follows:

Balance at credit of General Fund £2057.15.3
Trust account Deposits      85.9.3
On Fixed Deposit 3156.1.0

Received.

From the Department of Public Health calling attention to the Local Government Amending Act 1908 (six copies of which are to be forwarded by the government printer for the information of the Council) and the changes made in Sections 103 and 179 respecting the Sanitary Service and Garbage Service also Section 176 B re-borrowing. Received.

From the Department of Public Works (Circular 231) inviting attention to amended Ordinances rendered necessary by the passage through Parliament of the Local Government Amending Act 1908.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works re-changes necessary in the Sanitary and Garbage Service and Street Lighting Accounts consequence upon the Local Government Amending Act 1908.

Received.

From the Fire Brigades Board forwarding statement of the estimated Expenditure of the Board for the current year and the pro rata apportionment of the Contributions and of the sum now due by this Council amounting to £159.5.9 for the first quarter.

Received.

From the Traffic Superintendent NSW Government Tramways with reference to the alleged excessive speed at which trams are driven between Campbell Street St Peters and St Peters Railway Bridge stating that this matter has been very carefully watched that no regularity has been detected. Received.

From Frank Stocks 42 Ferndale Street asking permission to take his horses across the foot path to and from a vacant allotment 106 Camden Street.

Received and request granted.

From Johnston and Bennett Contractors offering the last which is being excavated in Cleveland Street at nine pence per load.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to instruct Overseer to buy what may be required.

From the Honourable Treasurers and Secretaries of the Battalion Earthquake Disaster forwarding Subscription List number 26.

Received and to be laid on the Public Council.

From Charles C Vincent stating that it is the wish and intention of a company which he represents to assist free of charge in an entertainment in aid of the Italian Earthquake Disaster Fund in Saint Georges Hall and asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen.

Received and patronage granted.

From the Secretary Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with reference to the widening of the Newtown end of the Missenden Road stating that in reply to a strong appeal to the Minister for Public Works a reply has been received stating that this is a matter for the consideration of the Newtown Municipal Council with whom the House Committee should communicate.

Received.

From James Trahair Valuer reporting having completed the additional valuation for the year 1909 in accordance with the requirements of the Act and submitting a summary of the total value of the unimproved improved and annual assessed values in each Ward.

Received with and annexures and referred to the Finance Committee.

From James Trahair Valuer pointing out that in consequence of the alterations made in the Local Government Act his duties are very materially increased and applying for an additional £50 per annum for the current and next year.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Clerk applying for additional competent clerical assistance from a period of six weeks to 2 months.

Received and left with the Clerk to engage assistance.

From the Deputy Postmaster General with reference to the proposed rearrangement of the telephone service stating that before the extra apparatus is installed it will be necessary for the Council to dispose of its proprietary right in the said line at a valuation of £3.5.0 and have the service rearranged under measured rate conditions at an annual fee of £9.2.6 or £6.15.0 which ever is preferred.

Received an estimate number 1 at £9.2.6 adopted and the Mayor authorised to sign contract and agreement and to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

Outstanding Rates

The Clerk in accordance with the requirements of clause 49 of regulation 6 submitted detailed statements showing the names of persons who on 31st December last oh to rates to the Council and the amounts of such rates owing summarised as follows:

Current Arrears Total
Camden Ward £154.9.0 140.16.3 295.5.3
Enmore Ward    38.12.8 11.6.3 49.18.11
O’Connell Ward 199.10.8 98.15.6 298.6.2
Kingston Ward    66.2.10 48.19.6 115.2.4
£458.15.2 299.17.6 758.12.8

Received and adopted and the necessary action to be taken to recover the rates.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts since 22nd of December 1908 amounting to £1052.10.7.

The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

The Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Schedule IV of the Regulations was laid upon the table certified by the Chairman of the Finance Committee and disclose the balance to credit of the General Fund with the Bank of Australasia Newtown to be £2057.15.3 and £85.9.3 credit of the Trust Fund Account.

Received.

The Overseer of Works

reported having carried out a number of works during the past fortnight and works in progress.

He also reported that at the request of the engineer in charge of the construction of the Tramway in Burren Street he had restored several pieces of the footpath which were cut up also a section of the carriageway in Railway Lane and that a check for £24.1.0 had been received from the contract in payment thereof.

Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported (reported) that 51 applications had been received for re-registration as milk vendors and 17 applications for permission to sell fish and rabbits with a recommendation that the same be granted.  Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That in accordance with the provisions of the 103rd Section of the Local Government Act 1906 and amending Act 1908 the Minister be asked to exempt this Council from the operations of the said Act relating to a special charge for the removal of House Garbage within this Municipality.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 “That the Corporate Seal of the Council be affixed to the above application.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Questions Without Notice

the Mayor moved that a letter be written to the city Council asking them to contribute a moiety of the cost of lighting the boundary streets and that the Clerk interview Mr Gordon the City Surveyor regarding the repairs necessary to Bligh Street and St Mary Street agreed to.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 19th day of January 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 Tuesday 19th January 1909 (No. 09/02)

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Municipal Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

The Mayor and Aldermen Campbell, Ibbotson, Elstub, Clegg, Edwards, Turtle and Lewis.

Alderman Turtle apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith.

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

Correspondence

From John Thomas Shave applying for permission to sell tripe and asking if any reduction can be made in the butcher’s licence.

Received and permission granted.

From the Town Clerk Paddington submitting copies of two resolutions passed by that Council affirming that every Local (Council) Authority in the State should have power to regulate exercise control over and thus prevents sites exhibitions of pugilism as have recently taken place within that Municipality and asking the consideration of this Council with the view of cooperation in a deputation to the Minister on the subject.

Received and cooperation granted.

From H May intimating that he is about to build on land at the corner of Lennox and Eliza Streets and that he would like if the Council could see its way clear to defer the course of the stormwater drain running through the property.

Received and referred to the Works Committee from report.

From the Scavenging Contractors (Messrs J Howarth A H Willard W Woodcock J H Johnson and A Poole) stating that owing to the Tip Carters award coming into operation by which employers are compelled to pay 7/-per day and asking the Council to make a corresponding increase to the contract price.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Ambulance Brigade thanking the Council for allowing them the free use of the Town Hall for Lectures and Drill practices and asking for a similar privilege during the ensuing year.

Received and request granted.

From Robert George Jackson asking that his butcher’s licence at number 381 King Street Newtown may be transferred to Mr W Beard to whom he has sold the business.

Received and application granted.

At this stage the Mayor moved the adjournment of the meeting for 20 minutes and a similar adjournment of the Special Meeting.

Mayors Financial Minute

on resuming the Mayor by minute submitted a detailed statement of the finances for the year ended 31 December 1900 and nine showing a balance at credit of the General Fund in the Bank of Australasia Newtown of £2057.15.3 and £85.9.3 at credit of Trust Account and £3156.1.0 on Fixed Deposit as a reserve to meet the cost of renewing the wood blocked streets.

Alderman Lewis moved: “That the Minute to be received and registered with the records of the Council and that the Mayor be thanked that the very able manner in which he has administered the finances during the past year.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell supported by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Reports

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported recommending the reregistration of 7 applicants as Milk vendors and the transfer of two butchers licenses.

Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Lewis moved: (in the absence of Alderman Salmon)

“That steps be taken by the Aldermen of this Council to show their high appreciation of the services rendered by the late Alderman James Francis Smith to the Municipality of Newtown.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and supported by Alderman Clegg and referred to the Mayor and Aldermen Elstub and Turtle.

This was the business.

Confirmed this 2nd day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 19th January 1909 (No. 09/1)

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Municipal Council of Newtown held on the above date at 8.00pm.

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Campbell, Ibbotson, Elstub, Clegg, and Edwards Turtle and Lewis.

Alderman Turtle apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith.

Order of the Day

to consider the Valuers Returns of his valuation of all rateable property for the period ending 31st December 1909.

The Valuers report together with the Valuation Books that the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards containing the Valuation of all rateable property is made in accordance with the provisions of the provisions and requirements of the Local Government Act 1906 were before the Council and disclosed the total valuation of the separate wards as follows:

Wards Unimproved Capital Value Improved Capital Value Annual Assessed Value
Camden Ward £236700 £594937 £47832
Enmore Ward 368862 917533 64647
Kingston Ward 231247 479778 33184
O’Connell Ward 462510 940557 62500
£1299319 2932805 208163

The Valuer also submitted Estimates of rate limits as follows:

Part 1 Limit of General Rates and additional general rates taken together.
The Unimproved Capital value of rateable land in the Municipality is £1299319
The Assessed Annual Value of all rateable property in the Municipality is    208163
2 pence in the £ on the unimproved Capital value would yield 108270.13.2
1/6 in the £on the Assessed Annual Value would yield 15612.4.6
The limit beyond which the Council cannot live the General and additional general rate is £26439.17.8
Part 2 Limit of all Rates (General Additional Special Local and loan Rates) taken together
2 pence in the £ on the unimproved Capital Value would yield £10827.13.2
2/-in the £ on the Annual Assessed Value would yield 20816.6.0
The limits beyond which the Council cannot levy any of rates is therefore 31643.19.2

The Mayor moved: “That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and the Ordinances thereunder the valuers report and whose valuation of all rateable land in the Municipality as submitted be and the same is hereby approved and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Estimates

In accordance with the valuation adopted and in accordance with the provisions of Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906 and the Ordinances thereunder the mayors submitted the following estimates viz:

Estimated Expenditure

(a) The amount of the proposed expenditure out of the fund to which the proceeds of the rate are to be carried.

General Purposes Administrative Expenses

Salaries £ 971.0.0
Stationery and Printing    120.0.0
Advertising        8.0.0
Election Expenses      10.0.0
Office and Lighting Expenses
Petty Cash and postages      40.0.0
Forward £1169.0.0
Audit Fee      30.0.0
Valuation    50.0.0
Law costs    20.0.0 £1341.0.0

Public Works

Blue Metal £ 1500.0.0
Wages    3000.0.0
Tar Bricks and Cartage    1000.0.0
Wood Blocks      300.0.0
Ballast    120.0.0
Cement        20.0.0
Plumbing Work        15.0.0
Plant and Repairs      200.0.0
Sand for Tarpaving        50.0.0
Sand for Wood blocks        25.0.0
Blacksmiths sharpening Tools        25.0.0
Bricks for General repairs        20.0.0
Kerb and Gutter stone      100.0.0
Stores (Road Tools)        50.0.0
Timber        15.0.0
Purchase of land to widen Trade Street      122.0.0 6572.0.0

Health Administration

Garbage Service 1400.0.0
Inspector 182.0.0
Disinfectants etc    30.0.0
Law Prosecutions    20.0.0 1632.0.0

Public Services

Street Watering 130.0.0
Street Lighting 2050.0.0
Fire Brigades Board 637.2.10 2817.2.10

Municipal Property

Caretaker etc 150.0.0
Municipal Rates 140.0.0 290.0.0

Miscellaneous

Interest on Loan 1260.0.0
Annual provision by resolution for renewing blocks 500.0.0 1760.0.0
£14412.2.10

Estimated Revenue

(b) Annual in hand available for expenditure £ 2057.15.3
(c) Other revenue likely to be available    700.0.0
(d) Amount required to be raised 11654.7.7
£14412.2.10

 

(e) Total value of Unimproved land £1299319
Improved Capital value    2932805
Assessed Annual Value    208163

The Mayor moved:

That the estimates be received and considered. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

An amendment by Clegg:

“That consideration of the estimates be postponed for a week and in the meantime that each of the Aldermen refurnished with a copy of the estimates” was seconded by Alderman Turtle and lost.

The motion was moved by the Mayor was then carried.

The estimates were then considered in detail.

The Mayor moved:

“That the estimates now before the Council be adopted and advertised as required by the Act.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved: “That the Council proposed to levy a general rate of 2¾ pence (two pence three farthings) in the £on the improved capital value of land £1299319 estimated to yield £14888.0.7 subject to appeal.

Seconded by it and Lewis and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 2nd day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

143 Union Street

143 Union Street Newtown was the site of a battle between police and Communists on 19th June 1931. Dozens of people on both sides were injured in the altercation, and 19 men were arested. Around this time hundreds of poor and unemployed people had been forcibly evicted from their homes across Sydney. The Unemployed Workers Movement (UWM) had been attempting to prevent these evictions by squatting and organissing mass turn-outs. Conflict between the activists and police had been escalating, and a battle had already been fought in Bankstown on 17th June 1931. The two-storey house in which the battle took place still stands today, and as late as 2010 bullet holes could still be seen inside the house. The incident inspired a song by Alistair Hulett, “The Siege of Union Street”.

The site was first mentioned in the Sands directory as 105 Union St, until the street numbers changed in 1896. It was probably owned by George Crosby, a butcher, from 1883-1900, who lived next door at 107 (later 145) Union St between these dates and is listed as the ratepayer for the site between 1887 and 1892.

The New York Brewery 22 King Street Newtown

Samuel and Lucy Marks returned  to Australia from San Fransisco in 1881, settling in Sydney this time, and Samuel had breweries variously called “Marks & Murphy”, “The Sydney Brewery,” and finally “New York Brewery” in Newtown, Sydney. Mark S, New York Brewery & Bottler is listed in the Sands Directories at 22 King Street from 1889, although the numbers changed around somewhat. He advertised his prize-winning beer as “all malt, no substitutes, and free from colonial twang” and is credited as being one of the first to introduce lager to Australia (in 1882). He sold the New York Brewery at auction in 1898 for 155 pounds. Samuel died in unusual circumstances in 1905 at about 84 at his home at 30 Yelverton St, Sydney. He drowned in a bathtub, which is a sad irony for someone who once manufactured soap. An inquest into his death found that he took his own life as he had been depressed over the poor state of his health and only had a short time to live. Samuel went in and out of partnerships many times but one partnership that lasted was his 50+ year marriage to Lucy who also worked as bookkeeper at the breweries. Lucy died in Perth, Western Australia, in 1913. Samuel and Lucy didn’t have children but Samuel’s older sister Frances had 11 of them, many of whom migrated to Australia

 

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Cities and Sustainability Report (King Street, Newtown, Sydney)

 

  1. Introduction

    1. Location and Boundaries

    2. History

    3. Broader Context

  2. Analysis

    1. Transportation

    2. Current Land Uses

    3. Water Use and Management

    4. Biodiversity and Natural Environment

    5. Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability

  3. The Vision

  4. The New Plan

    1. Reducing Auto-mobile Dependency

    2. Redesigning the current urban form

  5. Conclusion

  6. References

  

1 Introduction

With sustainable projects and groups that act to contribute towards an informed local community, the King Street area located between Newtown and St Peters train stations, is an interesting area to choose for this report. Moreover, “people in the cities do not usually need to travel as far each day as country dwellers, and are more likely to be able to take buses and trains for the journeys they do make.” (Barley 2010:32) So why is personal automobile use growing at the rate as stipulated by the RMS? This report will touch on the opportunities that Newtown’s King Street has in regards to further moves towards a sustainable future addressing issues such as public transport, community participation, pedestrian and bicycle safety, alongside population growth and development in the area with an emphasis on circular rather than linear models.

 

1.1 Location and Boundaries

Newtown has a long and interesting history and is now, according to Lord Mayor Clover Moore, “.. a place for people from all social classes and cultural backgrounds… [additionally a], strong sense of community, progressive ideas, creativity, acceptance and environmental awareness” (www.sydneymedia.com.au). Past residents include the poet Henry Lawson, and the convict pioneer Mary Reibey, whose face adorns the $20 note. Since the 1990s, Newtown has been the much-loved heart of Sydney’s live music scene, kick-starting the careers of popular Aussie bands such as AC/DC, The Whitlams and Frenzal Rhomb (http://www.sydneymedia.com.au). Newtown locals set up “Australia’s first, and largest, professional car sharing service”, GoGet (http://www.goget.com.au). Furthermore, the centrepiece, King Street, is said to follow a walking track used by the land’s original custodians from Gadigal country in the Eora nation. Indigenous pride has continued to this day with the “I have a dream” mural pictured below where people gather for market stalls, music and political activism.

1.2 History

Traditionally a transit hub that spanned the Sydney CBD and Eastwards, Newtown had seen the last of trams in 1961 following pressure from the NRMA and other private automobile stakeholders, with a major arterial roadway put in its place, King Street.

(Pic source – www.teara.govt.nz)

Newtown has Sydney University to its north, and Sydney Park to the south, and so King Street is bordered by professors, researchers and students, as well as a park that facilitates an innovative and internationally recognised sustainable rainwater harvesting program, and draws crowds of families, dog owners and fitness enthusiasts daily, who are proud of the sustainable projects that have been implemented over the past years, and into the future. Newtown is in a state of constant change and it is important to ensure that developers take into account the local feel, history and future sustainability.

(Pic source – https://www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/6957398451)

 

1.3 Broader Context

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in 2013, out of 23673 people in the Newtown, Camperdown and Darlington area, there were 9507 registered vehicles, or just over 40% car ownership. (http://stat.abs.gov.au)

 

As you can see from the map, there are over 25 green spaces within a 10 minute walk from King Street. This adds to the idea that Newtown local’s value parks, and these are used by a range of people for a range of activities from dog walking, to children’s playgrounds, picnics and meeting up in clean, green areas.

 

Most recently, the NSW government has unveiled plans for a new road project named WestConnex to facilitate a fast roadway tunnel to bring an estimated 7243 more cars into the area from the Western Suburbs during morning peak time of 7am – 9am, adding to the already crowded 1898 in the 2 hour morning period. (Pic source – Sydney Morning Herald, May 26 2015)

Added to this is the recent abolishment of frequent trains stopping at St Peters and Erskineville stations (see flyer from FOE – Friend of Erskineville).

 

The congestion on King Street will continue to rise through population growth and urban density set to increase through large planned residential developments on Alice Street and Mitchell Road. Both of these developments are on roads that lead to King Street. Furthermore, to take a different approach, dense development and dense urban populations are critical to support a public transit system, however as Porter states “Most communities are trying to overcome the traffic crisis in ways that actually perpetuate it. Most projects being planned and developed in fast growing areas build in automobile dependency, which leads to congested arteries which results in cries to reduce densities of development, which in turn creates greater dependency on automobiles (Porter1987:34 cited in Kenworthy 1990). Or in other words, Michiel Bliemer from the University of Sydney Institute of Transport & Logistic Studies comments “…quite quickly it will have the phenomenon of induced demand, which is that all the other roads around will become less congested and more attractive to drive on,” he said, which would probably attract public transport users back to their cars.” (Saulwick 2015) This report will look at ways to encourage commuters to adopt more sustainable practices.

King Street is a hub of creativity with a village feel. It has a diverse range of shop fronts leading to a vibrant walkway that flaunts street level cafes, second hand stores, music stores, hairdressers, fashion, restaurants, buskers and pubs that add to a great local culture at all hours of the day and night. This goes on to attract people to the area to live, work and play. It is clear that population density will continue to increase in the future and the transport projects that are adopted must reflect the needs of everyone, not just the minority of wealthy car owners. In other words, “The disturbing part about all these trends [WestConnex] is that they are seeking to treat only the symptoms of an ailing transport system”, rather than an open and honest critique of the system via a holistic approach with emphasis on innovative public transport models and walking/bicycling options. (Kenworthy 1990)

 

On a positive note, the WestConnex project has ignited local activism and brought people together to form groups and in doing so, has ensured that the area is teeming with public meetings, conversations in cafes and ways to counter act the planned automobile invasion in order to preserve the local culture of which many are so proud.

As you can see from the map below that outlines the public transport (trains and buses) and bike paths. King Street has 2 train stations on different lines, namely Newtown and St Peters. Additionally there is a bus system that criss-crosses the surrounding areas and 11 different bus routes that move people from Newtown around the city. Coupled with extensive bike lanes, this system has the potential to revolutionise getting around the city. Unfortunately this public transport system is underused because it lacks reliable timetabling that links buses with trains. Wait times are over 10 minutes and the routes lack logical planning, thus leading to many who prefer the convenience of personal automobiles. (see map)

2.3 Water Use and Management

This map outlines a $10.5 million project that captures 850 million litres of stormwater to be harvested and cleaned. This helps to achieve the 2030 target for “10% of water demand to be met through local water capture and reuse.” Additionally, this water will top up Sydney Park wetlands and irrigate, thus enhances the existing environment and improves ecological, environmental sustainability and the magnificence of the 44 hectare park. (http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au)

 

In addition to the specific plan for Sydney Park, the City of Sydney Council aims to ensure ongoing biodiversity as presented in the table below. (City of Sydney Council (2014) Urban Ecology Strategic Action Plan, Chapter 1 Background, Page 10.)

 

 

Category Objectives
Local indigenous vegetation • Protect, expand and improve condition of naturally occurring locally indigenous vegetation, including possible remnants.• Increase the extent of bush restoration sites across the LGA, and maintain sites in good condition.

• Re-establish representative patches of the likely original vegetation communities.

Fauna • Protect and enhance sites that provide habitat for priority fauna species.• Increase the distribution and abundance of priority fauna species across the LGA
Habitat connectivity • Improve habitat connectivity across the LGA, particularly between priority sites, and between identified habitat areas in adjoining LGAs.

 

3.6 Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability in Newtown

Challenges Opportunities
·       Getting people out of cars and either onto public transport or walking/cycling·       Manage eco-efficient energy into residential and commercial buildings

·       Embrace an increase in population density

·       Encourage people to participate and engage in well designed and planned public spaces

·       Use the local public spaces to enthuse people to adopt sustainable lifestyles·       King Street to accommodate more for the pedestrian than the personal automobile

·       Education as a tool to facilitate more sustainable practices

 

  1. The Vision

The vision for King Street in Newtown is one where pedestrians

  • feel safe
  • can engage in a range of outdoor public spaces
  • can travel quickly from one end of King street to the other
  • can travel quickly throughout Sydney as a whole
  • are informed of sustainable energy options
  • embrace the physical environment and network/share ideas without the over use of social media
  • all urban space used for a purpose with no wasted space

 

In every city, public spaces, or the lack of them, instil either an idea of safety, independence and interest or as somewhere unattractive and to be avoided. Whilst Newtown is an example of a localised mixed walking, transit and automobile area, King Street is also a major thoroughfare for many daily commutes. The automobile city, according to Schiller, Bruun & Kenworthy, encourages “gated, unfriendly human environments that are the logical extension or expression of a declining public realm.” (2010:14) In Newtown, and King Street in particular, there are 12 pubs, with 13 more within a 15 minute walk. (see map)

Additionally, as you can see from the image on the right from timeout.com.au that King Street and its surrounds is literally studded with a myriad of small bars, restaurants cafes and boutique stores. “Streets with active frontages such as ground-floor commercial uses are also important in making streets feel safer and encouraging pedestrian activity.” (Rudlin & Falk 1999:155) This adds to the feel of the area and whilst King Street is a thoroughfare for daily commutes, it is also a busy area for those who live, work, study, eat, shop and socialise in Newtown.

 

There is a diverse range of opportunities to actively participate in the local Newtown community, and a range of ways to get to King Street. The WestConnex roadway sees a push for more cars to bring people to enjoy Newtown rather than use public transport. This has ramifications in regards to safety, parking, noise pollution and the ‘feel’ of the area. Additionally, “Like the motel room, the parked car was a new kind of domestic space, a mobile extension of the living room.” (Davidson 2004:103) So while it could be appealing for people to have this extended living room in Newtown, it also lacks the community feeling and limits the participation in street foods, buskers and other often hidden gems only found through a casual stroll or bike ride.

 

It is this point that lends our prerogative to create or in this case, preserve the social spaces on King Street. In the Scientific American journal it reads “The most hopeful impact of city life may be its effect on the mind. Humans are social animals; we draw stimulation from other minds close at hand… Technology is reshaping city life and making it more intellectually productive, but it will not soon replace the easy interchange of ideas that comes from casual proximity, the cornerstone of city life.” (—– 2011:40) One could argue that King Street may be at risk of losing this with the introduction of increased urban density, more traffic and congestion, however I argue that increased population, along with careful planning, will lead to a more vibrant, diverse Newtown with further potential to add to the rich social tapestry.

 

 

  1. The New Plan

4.1 Reducing automobile dependency

As mentioned earlier, urban population density invites opportunities to move away from car usage into adopting more planned walking and public transport to get around. “Coordinating walking and cycling with public transport enhances the benefits of all three modes, encouraging more walking and cycling as well as more public transport use.” (Brons et al., 2009; Givoni and Rietveld, 2007; Hegger, 2007; Martens, 2004 and 2007; Pucher and Buehler, 2009; TRB, 2005; U.S DOT, 1998 cited in Pucher and Buehler 2010:16) As it stands, King Street lacks the coordination of these methods and so coupled with ongoing funding of road projects, it seems to act to move away from sustainable methods to get around the city.

 

One way to reduce automobile dependency in Newtown, would be to introduce a $2 toll from 7am to 9am on weekday mornings. As per the RMS calculations, this would raise $4000 per day or $20000 per week. This toll, due to population growth, increased urban density and WestConnex, would only make more and more money that would be used to fund a range of local sustainability projects, educational workshops and community events; and would act to dissuade people from using their cars, instead, coupled with planned and logical public transport, encourage ongoing lifestyle choices that benefit individuals, families and the community.

 

Education is important to seeing long term sustainable lifestyles adopted by local residents. “Education and training programs can help to overcome barriers to the market acceptance of energy efficiency.” (Hennessy 2008:31-32) Here we see people not only adopting sustainable lifestyles and habits as mentioned in this report, but also understanding why these new ways of doing things are so important.

King Street is congested with commuters during peak hour and so parking is restricted to allow for 4 lanes of traffic rather than just 2. A fast bus that ran every 5 to 6 minutes could be used by closing the outside lanes and would ferry people from the south end to the north where they could walk, take a train or another bus to complete their journey.

 

Outside of the peak hour times, cars race through King Street as it is used as a thoroughfare. To slow down these motorists and encourage them to enjoy what King Street has to offer, traffic calming techniques such as pedestrian islands or reduced speed limits, would go on to create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment. Additionally, according to Newman & Kenworthy, “Traffic calming’s major objectives are to:

  • Reduce the severity and number of accidents in the urban area
  • Reduce local air and noise pollution and vehicle fuel consumption
  • Improve the urban street environment for non-car users
  • Reduce the car’s dominance on roads by reclaiming road space for living space
  • Reduce the barrier effects of motor traffic on pedestrian and cycle movement, and Enhance local economic activity by creating a better environment for people” (Newman & Kenworthy 1999:146)

The quiet streets around King Street are already being transformed into pedestrian friendly havens and there are businesses that are thriving due to the increased traffic of people on foot.

Techniques used to make walking or riding more attractive include reduced speed limits, one way streets and pedestrian/bicycle only walkways.

Community engagement and interaction is evident in a number of community gardens and workshops that are run in the Newtown area. All space in urban areas should be used for a good reason. “… the planners’ approach must incorporate some more radical visions of compact land use patterns both in developing areas and through selective infill and redevelopment in older areas.” (Kenworthy 1999) Here we see a block of land used to grow food, bring people together and create a local economy whereby people share ideas and support each other to create depth and meaning in their sustainable lifestyle choices.

 

This is supported by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage who state that “The sustainable city of the future will integrate the built and natural environments” (2003:4) and all space will be used for a purpose leading to increased urban density and the ability to walk, ride or take public transport in order to, for example, grow food, harvest urban gardens, sell or barter the food, collect food scraps from local restaurants, compost these food scraps and so on. The specifics of these ideas are based on the particular area because cities are individual and have their own personalities. As Hook (2007) puts it, “if you have money, you go to a tailor where the clothes are custom fit. You look better, you feel more comfortable… what is needed… is a tailor for the streets.” (2007:3) In saying this, some initiatives will work and others will not. What works in one city may not be taken up in another for whatever reason. The underlying idea here is that people should remain vigilant and confident to try new things, innovate and create based on careful planning and refinement of ventures, or that instead of a one size fits all approach to sustainable cities, we should look at ways to customise in regards to the people, culture and opportunities.

 

4.2 Re-designing the current urban form

There are many things that have been mentioned in this report that lead to a positive outlook for Newtown to continue with further urban density, community participation, public transport and reduction of automobiles. However there is still some room for improvement.

  • The abolishment of the WestConnex roadway to reduce road traffic ( http://www.jamieparker.org)
  • $2 toll during 7am and 9am to reduce peak traffic and encourage the use of public transport
  • Bus lanes on King Street instead of 4 lanes of congestion during peak times
  • Traffic calming in back streets to promote walking or riding, and the introduction of new business, cafes etc. to line these streets.
  • Tram lines in line with 1961 Sydney tram system to link Newtown with the Eastern Suburbs via Randwick, and the Western Suburbs via Leichardt and Parramatta Road. (See tram map from 1961 and tram lines still exposed in a road in Glebe Point Road between Newtown and Leichardt – (http://www.bondivillage.com/tramsyd.htm)

 

  • Empty space to be used in a variety of ways including the old 1961 tram sheds to be used to service new trams, empty lots for community gardens that foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for the area.

 

 Conclusion

It is clear that for sustainable design to be successfully implemented into Newtown, there must be collaboration between major infrastructure developments and local community groups. This will ensure that each project reaches its potential to service the public now and into the future. Newtown was a great area for this report due to the passion displayed by all people that I spoke to, the quality of the local projects and the desire to achieve sustainable lifestyles for all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sanic American Herbal Co. – W.H Chapman

156 King Street Newtown

069835

Image : 150-158 King Street, 1991

Victorian Free Classical terraces built c 1880. Retail shops are 156 – 158 was the La Lunar clothing store in the 1980s and 1990s.

1906-1907  The Elliot American Herbal Co.

1908 – 1932 The Sanic American Herbal Co. W. H. Chapman

The property was owned through out this time by the estate of B Byrnes

Mad Mex is currently on the site.

Sanic Oils bag

Ephemera donated by City Historian Lisa Murray

 

Trocadero

Newtown’s most perennial folly? Go to https://www.newtownproject.com.au/portfolio-items/trocadero-hall-newtown/?portfolioID=1262

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