Residents outraged as ceiling and carpets stripped out of Coogee dwelling being assessed for heritage protection by Randwick City Council – 8th December 2018

Greens candidate for Coogee Lindsay Shurey has called on Labor candidate Marjorie O’Neill and Liberal candidate Bruce Notley-Smith to ask their party’s Randwick City Councillors to vote against an attempt to block heritage protection for some Coogee dwellings at this Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Horrified Coogee residents saw a work team start stripping out ceilings and carpets from 148 Brook Street Coogee at 8am (Sat. 8th Dec. 2018) just days before Randwick City Councillors vote on whether to proceed with seeking heritage protection for the dwelling.

The  call came after horrified residents rang Greens Councillor Murray Matson to alert him that workers had started removing ceilings and carpets from 148 Brook Street Coogee  at 8am this morning. The removals come just days before Randwick City Councillors vote on whether to continue with seeking heritage protection for the dwelling along with neighbouring properties.

Last month Randwick City Council resolved to seek State Government approval to put 148 Brook Street’s proposed heritage listing on public exhibition. But the decision has to be re-debated on Tuesday night because Liberal Councillors have lodged a ‘rescission motion’  against it.

Ms Shurey, who is also a Greens Councillor, has called on other Coogee candidates to not to support the attempted overturning of the protection decisions.

“I call on the Liberal and Labor candidates for Coogee to ask their party representatives on Randwick City Council not to support the rescission motions at Tuesday night’s meeting.”

Councillor Matson states that yesterday a private certifier advised residents by a letter box notified residents that he given approval for 148 Brook Street to be demolished in 14 days time. A developer now no longer needs to get Council approval to demolish existing dwellings if the proposal ticks all the boxes as ‘complying development’. He said this morning,

“Peoples wonder why I am trying get various Coogee dwellings heritage listed. But they don’t understand that these days all a developer has to do to bulldoze one of Coogee’s fine old homes is to get a private Principal Certifying Authority to tick it off as complying development. Then there is nothing that Council can do. But by getting these homes heritage protected I can force developers to submit an old style Development Application to Council’s Planning department where it will have to be properly assessed. I am fighting a rear guard action against the fast tracking of demolitions in Coogee.”

BACKGROUND

“The heritage study rates the heritage significance of the building as “contributory”. In view of this assessment, the property at No. 148 Brook Street is determined to be significant in terms of the historical and aesthetic criteria of the NSW Heritage Office guidelines for assessing heritage significance and therefore warrants local heritage listing. Historically, the property is associated with a significant historical phase being the Interwar period and expresses through its fabric, continuity in this historical process. Aesthetically, the property shows distinctive aesthetic qualities in its form/composition including its original architectural detail and internal layout thus exemplifying the Interwar architectural style exceptionally well.” (Director City Planning Report No. CP57/18 Subject: Heritage Study of properties in Dudley Street and Brook Street, Coogee.  Randwick City Council 2018)

Update on proposed heritage protection for older houses in Coogee – 28th November 2018

CSELR issues – Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch continues to call for relief for Doncaster Avenue residents – 26th November 2018

POST COUNCIL MEETING UPDATE 28th November 2018.

The rescission motion failed at last night’s Randwick City Council meeting. This means that the resolution to Greens Councillor Philipa Vietch’s motion made at the previous meeting stands as the Council position.


Councillors remain divided on the appropriate response by Randwick Council to noise and vibration complaints from residents against CBD to South East Light Rail construction work.

Noise and vibration from the construction of the stabling yards for the CBD to South East Light light rail project have impacted heavily on residents in the adjacent Doncaster Avenue, Kensington

Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch is advocating calling the NSW state government to account for prolonged disturbance to Kensington’s Doncaster Avenue residents from the CSELR project.

Her latest attempt has been blocked by a rescission motion lodged by Liberal Councillors, which will be debated at tomorrow night’s Council meeting.

If the rescission motion fails the Council will proceed to put the existing resolution to a motion submitted by Cr Veitch at the previous meeting.

Council will urging  that construction work on the  rail stabling yard boarding Doncaster Ave be restricted to business hours along with all other work on the project that would not disrupt traffic.

The Mayor will also be authorized to put an add in the Southern Courier “…noting the failure of the State Government to respond to Council’s numerous representations on this extremely important issue.

Cr Veitch said today,

“I want the State Government to fully respond to the plight on my constituents in Doncaster Avenue who have serious complaints about structural damage caused to a number of houses. One has had suffered substantial damage to its ceiling.”

Update on proposed heritage protection for older houses in Coogee – 24th November 2018

Randwick Council to make a final decision on extending the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area – followed by a debate on whether additional Coogee dwellings in Dudley and Brook Streets should also be heritage protected.

At this Tuesday night (27th November) Randwick City Councillors will consider two separate heritage reports dealing with proposals for extended heritage protection for various Coogee dwellings.

Randwick City Green Councillors support more heritage protection for the disappearing old homes of Coogee. Pictured is 41 Dudley Street that will debated this Tuesday night.

The meeting starts at 6pm in the Council chambers at 30 Frances Street Randwick (corner of Frances and Avoca Streets).

Both reports were initiated by Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson after he was approached by residents seeking greater protection for Coogee’s older dwellings of heritage merit.  Councillor Matson said today,

“Coogee has lost too many old dwellings of heritage value. If we don’t move to retain what’s left we will lose part of what makes Coogee interesting for people who choose to live here.”

CP56/18 Post Exhibition Report: Planning Proposal Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area Boundary Extension and Inclusion of Local Heritage Items

This proposal has recently come off public exhibition for consultation.

Council planners now recommend in this report that the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012 should be amended “…to extend the boundary of the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area to incorporate 38, 40, 42, 44 and 46 Dudley Street, Coogee and 122 Mount Street Coogee. These dwellings are described “as having heritage values that contribute to the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area.”

The report also recommends the listing of four of these dwellings (38, 42, and 44 Dudley Street, and 122 Mount Street) as deserving local heritage items items in their own right.

CP57/18 Heritage Study of properties in Dudley Street and Brook Street, Coogee

This report proposes protection for a further set of older Coogee dwellings that fall outside the extended Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area.

The first part of the proposal is for the creation of a second “heritage conservation area” covering 37, 39 and 41 Dudley Street and 144, 146A, 146B, 148 and 150 Brook Street Coogee.

The second part of this proposal recommends an additional level of heritage protection for three of these dwellings, 39 and 41 Dudley Street and No. 148 Brook Street. These three have been identified as being of such significance as to warrant local heritage listing as specific “heritage items” in their own right.

Examples of “shared” bike paths in urban Sydney – 15th November 2018

UPDATE: Public submissions  to Randwick City Council on the South Coogee to Kingsford Bike Path proposal close this Friday, 23rd November 2018.


A shared bike path in Lee Street Chippendale that allows both cyclists and pedestrians still safely separates urban bike riders from heavy traffic.

A design change from bikes-only to a”shared bike path” that accommodates both pedestrians and bike riders, but excludes cars, might be the solution for retaining trees on Bundock Street Randwick if the proposed South Coogee to Kingsford bike path is built by Randwick City Council.”

The Council is seeking to establish a network of separated bike lanes in the local area in order to make cycling safer. The one proposed on Bundock Street will connect to the Kingsford light rail station via Sturt Street.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson says:

“As an elected Councillor I see my role to save as many trees as possible by pushing for design changes. The plan on public exhibition consists of a dedicated bike-rider-only bike path paralleled by a separate foot path, but it does not have to be that. The way I see it these two separate carriage ways could be combined into a “shared” bike and pedestrian path. This would allow for a narrower width where space is needed to retain a tree.”

Councillor Matson says that shared bike paths are being built in the Sydney CBD. He said,

“Bike riders tell me that shared paths work fine and that there does not always need to be a separation between pedestrians and cycles. They also report that Clover Moore has built many of her bike paths in the CBD as shared paths.

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Coogee Election 2019: Greens candidate Lindsay Shurey continues her vocal support for ongoing ‘ratios’ campaign by NSW Nurses & Midwifes Association – 3rd Nov. 2018

Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey joined local POW nursing staff in High Cross Park this afternoon as they continue their campaign to bring in better staff to patient ratios across NSW.

She said at the rally in High Cross Park today,

Better staff to patient ratios are important and need to be implemented in NSW

In her recent former role as Mayor she successfully moved that Randwick City Council would write to the NSW Minister to “…support the introduction of shift-by-shift nurse-to-patient ratios and a general review of the current Nursing Hours per Patient Day (NHPPD) Ratios.”

At the time she wrote:

The Prince of Wales branch of the NSWMA has presented a strong argument that improved nurses to-patient ratios can be expected to result in both better patient outcomes and reduced medical costs.

The NSW Nurses and Midwifes Association (NSWNMA) has been campaigning for expanded and improved nurse to patient ratios since 2011. Their objective is to shift the current Government ratios and how they are calculated to wards.

On a windy day Randwick Greens Councillor and Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey (2nd from left) turned up outside Prince of Wales Hospital to show her continued support for the introduction of staffing ratios for NSW Nurses and Midwifes

The association has invested in detailed research to support their campaign objectives to combat the adverse effects of high patient to staff ratios in our hospitals.

The association argues that better ratios are financially beneficial by reducing length of patient stay and improving medical outcomes.

A 2010 study of mortality rates in WA reported that lower patient to staff ratios significantly decreased mortality rates and overall length of stay per patient (source: The Australian Health Review).

Councillor Philipa Veitch: Don’t start demolition until all residents safely out of their compulsory acquired homes -12th October 2018

Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch reports that residents  fear they will be exposed to dangerous asbestos and lead as demolition work starts on their homes  ahead of a $720 million Prince of Wales hospital redevelopment.

Residents of Eurimbla Ave, Magill Street and Botany Street received letters through their doors last year informing them that their homes would be bulldozed.

A process of compulsory acquisition was started by Health Infrastructure NSW (HI).

And while homeowners were invited to get their own valuations before negotiations over the final offer started  Councillor Veitch says the offers were  too low.

Councillor Veitch will be putting a motion to next Tuesday night’s Randwick City Council meeting calling on the the NSW Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard to prevent demolition work  until all homes on the site have been vacated  and fair offers made.


TEXT OF GREENS MOTION TO RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL 16th OCTOBER

That Randwick City Council:

  1. Notes that initial demolition work has commenced on Eurimbla Ave, Botany and Magill Streets Randwick, in preparation for the construction of new Hospital, Research and Education facilities;
  2. Notes that substantial amounts of hazardous material including asbestos and lead dust are to be removed, with major demolition work – including the use of excavators, trucks and trailers – slated to begin by mid-October;
  3. Notes that at the time of writing, nine homes have yet to be vacated, with young children, elderly and seriously ill residents still living in these homes;
  4. Notes that the majority of these residents have not received any payment from Health Infrastructure for their homes, so are not in a position to move. Notes further that these residents have expressed serious concerns about the demolition, and removal of hazardous materials;
  5. Write to The NSW Minister for Health, the Hon. Brad Hazzard, and Health Infrastructure NSW requesting that:
  • Demolition work not take place until all homes on the site have been vacated;
  • All options to make an offer on the properties in accord with that obtained by the resident’s independent valuer be investigated as a matter of priority, to allow residents to purchase a new property of similar size and amenity to that of their current homes, and to facilitate the demolition and construction work on the new facility in a timely manner.

Greens Councillors call for suspension of roll-out of small cell mobile phone facilities across Randwick City Council area – 11th October 2018

UPDATE – 17th October 2018

On Tuesday night (16th October 2018) Randwick City Council approved Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s motion calling on the  “…Federal Government to intervene to suspend the roll out (of small cell mobile phone facilities) pending a review of the relevance of the international findings to the safety of residents of urban Australia.”

What’s going on? Australia’s Radio Frequency National Site Archive website shows that 18 small cell 5G phone facilities have already been approved in the Randwick City Council area with another 48 considered. A few are Telstra projects with the majority from TPG.

Residents recently alerted Randwick Councillors that the renowned Ramazzini Institute in Italy has announced findings of cancer developing in a large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower radiation .

ALERT: Monday  15th October, 7pm-8.30pm at 27 Munda St, Randwick – Community meeting with consultants for TPG to discuss their proposed small cell mobile phone facility in Dundas Street, Coogee.

Mill Valley, CA — As small cell 5G technology begins to roll out across the USA, it is being met by a wave of resistance over concerns that it can cause health problems. One city in California has taken an extreme step and blocked the technology from being implemented. Source: https://www.WakingTimes.com/

Greens Councillor Murray Matson  wants the Randwick roll out suspended in light of the adverse findings from Italy. He says,

“I find this concerning as there seems to be a growing rejection of this technology in close urban living areas in other parts of the world. California is currently fighting to stop a roll out of 50,000 small cell 5G facilities in its state area.”

“A $25 million study of much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), has also reported finding the same unusual cancer called Schwannoma of the heart in male rats treated at the highest dose. In addition, the RI study of cell tower radiation also found increases in malignant brain (glial) tumors in female rats and precancerous conditions including Schwann cells hyperplasia in both male and female rats.”

(source: Collective Evolution)

Councillor Murray Matson is urging fellow Councillors to support a roll-out suspension.

“It is my opinion news of these alarming findings now mean that we Councillors should be applying the precautionary principle to this new mobile phone technology.  There are 48 streets across the Randwick City Council area that are going to have small cell phone facilities built within metres of bedrooms. Councillors should be calling on the Federal Government to suspend the roll-out of small cell mobile phone facilities  until both Telstra and TPG can convincingly show that no significant cancer threat actually exists.”

Cr Matson states that the Greens  will be putting the following motion  to the next Randwick City Council meeting set for Tuesday the 16th of October.

TEXT OF GREENS RANDWICK CITY COUNCIL MOTION:

“That Randwick Council notes that the proposed rollout of another 48 small cell mobile phone facilities across the LGA on top of the 18 facilities already approved installations comes at a time when international research by the Ramazzine Institute and the US National Toxicology Program reports a link between cell tower radiation and the development of cancer. Accordingly, Council calls on the federal Government to intervene to suspend the rollout pending a review of the relevance of the international findings to the safety of residents of urban Australia.”

Co-founder of Take 3 for the Sea Tim Silverwood in Q&A session Sunday 21st October 2018 at the Randwick Ritz

Catch the movie this month.

Randwick City Council is promoting the award winning movie Blue at the Randwick Ritz Sunday 21st of October 2018.

Join us for a screening of the environmental documentary BLUE, followed by a Q&A with Tim Silverwood, co-founder of Take 3 for the Sea.” (Randwick City Council events team)

Extraordinary Randwick Council meeting (7pm Wednesday 26th September) as Popular Greens Mayor steps down – Tuesday 25 September 2018

DISCLAIMER: This document is a Randwick City Council media release


Mayor Shurey stands down; Councillors to elect new Mayor and Deputy

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Popular Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey will step down from the role on Wednesday night the 26th of September 2018.

An extraordinary Council Meeting will be held on Wednesday 26 September 2018 to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor following confirmation Mayor Lindsay Shurey is standing down after 12 months in the top job.

Mayor Shurey is the second female Mayor in the Council’s 159-year history and formed the first all-female leadership team with Deputy Mayor Alexandra Luxford in 2017.

“Serving as Mayor of Randwick has been an incredible honour and privilege. However the time has come for me to focus on other things and I am honouring the commitment made to my fellow Councillors for a 12-month term,” Mayor Shurey said.

Addressing domestic violence, opening the Malabar Headland Western Walking Track and banning single use plastics she says are among her top achievements.

“In the past year I’ve made it my priority that Council continues to be financially strong and forward facing, able to meet the challenges of the future. I’ve championed sustainability and encouraged many artistic and creative endeavours with Randwick City, and worked with the cycling community to create safer spaces for walking and cycling.

“I’m particularly proud to have worked with our many local community organisations, schools, charities and health support groups who all help make our City the wonderful place it is.”

Other achievements noted by the Mayor include:

  • Funding more domestic violence outreach workers;
  • Expanding Council’s partnership with the Sydney Film Festival with a new 30 Seconds to Randwick short film competition with UNSW;
  • Installing rescue tubes at Randwick City beaches – an Australian first initiative;
  • Supporting marriage equality;
  • Commencing construction on a major upgrade to Coogee Bay Road;
  • Progressing designs for walking and cycling improvements between Kingsford and Centennial Park;
  • Developing a smart cities strategy;
  • Adopting a family and domestic violence policy to provide extra leave and flexible work options for staff experiencing domestic violence;
  • Securing a strong financial future for the Council through the Our Community Our Future program;
  • Helping residents and businesses impacted by light rail construction, including giving evidence at a Parliamentary Inquiry; and
  • Helping property owners affected by banks tightening lending on company title dual occupancy premises.

Mayor Shurey thanked her fellow Councillors, Deputy Mayor, General Manager Ray Brownlee PSM and Council staff for their support and professionalism.

Councillor Shurey will remain on the Council as a Councillor.

The Extraordinary Council Meeting will take place in the Randwick Town Hall at 7pm on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

Coogee candidate: Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey quits to contest the NSW state seat of Coogee – 24th September 2018

Popular local Mayor Lindsay Shurey is likely to poll strongly in the fight for the marginal seat of Coogee.

While Mayor Councillor Shurey presided over the opening of the popular Western Escarpment walking track across Malabar Headland.

In 2017 Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey successfully aligned Randwick City Council in support of the YES vote in the Marriage Equality Survey.