Randwick Greens and Liberal Councillors clash over the need to heritage protect the old homes of Coogee – 29th June 2018

UPDATE – 7th July 2018

Randwick City Council has now placed the Greens’ proposal to extend the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area on public exhibition!

Click here to make a submission in support of heritage protection for the homes of Coogee.

Submissions close 5pm Tuesday, the 31st July 2018.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants an old house at 38 Dudley Street in Coogee to become a rallying point for the revival of the heritage movement in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

38 Dudley Street, Coogee

38 Dudley Street is one of a number of Coogee homes that Greens Councillor Murray Matson is fighting to have heritage protected.

Randwick City Council is fighting to save the dwelling from demolition by exhibiting for public comment a change to its main planning instrument which allows for protection of heritage items.

Matson’s plan is to extend the existing Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area  further east to cover both 38 Dudley and a number of other dwellings local residents consider worth retaining for the future.

Matson has been fighting to save the homes since February last year. Strongly against protection is his fellow East Ward representative Liberal Councillor Brendan Roberts. Supporting Councillor Roberts are independent Councillors Anthony Andrews and Noel D’Souza.

The four clashed earlier this year when the majority of Randwick Councillors voted with Matson to ask the NSW Government for permission to exhibit.

This week the Council was given “gateway determination” by the Department of Planning and Environment to place its proposal on exhibition for 1 month from the 3rd July 2018. Councillor Matson has advised residents that “…the battle to save the heritage homes of Dudley Street has begun.” He wants his constituents to write submissions once the exhibition officially starts.

Of all the effected dwellings 38 Dudley is currently the most at risk. A letter was mailbox-dropped to residents this week by a private building certifier advising of plans to demolish it within days.

Randwick Council moved swiftly to slap an Interim Heritage Order on it after residents alerted Councillor Matson to the pending destruction.

Worryingly the Council reported that it had not received notification of this work “despite the private Certifier advising that a letter had been sent to Council by post mail”.

The near loss of the dwelling has shaken Councillor Matson enough to publicly ask residents to report to Council the arrival of any further demolition proposals. He said today:

“It is amazing that private developers in NSW can use the Complying Development provisions to demolish 100 year old buildings if the idea ticks the boxes of a standard template. And it can be done with minimal involvement of the local Council. We only saved 38 Dudley this week because a resident was on the ball enough to warn me as one of their local Councillors.”


“The building and site at No. 38 Dudley Street was one of a number of properties that had been recently recommended for listing as local heritage items and to be included in a proposed extension of the boundary of the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area, as contained in a planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment.” (source: Randwick City Council email to Councillors  28th June 2018)

“The IHO is consistent with the provisions of the Heritage Act 1977 and the Heritage Council Guidelines. In particular, Section 25 of the Heritage Act 1977 authorises a Council to make an Interim Heritage Order for a building and/or place that council considers is of local heritage significance and that Council considers is being, or is likely to be, harmed.” (source: Randwick City Council email to Councillors  28th June 2018)

Domestic Violence: Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey opens up Randwick Council’s affordable housing properties for the use of fleeing victims – Thursday 28 June 2018

DISCLAIMER – the following is a Randwick City Council Media Release

New Council policy provides additional support for victims of domestic violence

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey is using her mayoralty to find ways that Randwick City Council can contribute to the addressing of domestic violence. Image linked from Randwick Council web site.

Randwick Council has in recent years highlighted the issue of domestic violence through its participation in White Ribbon Day marches. Pictured Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson prepares for the start of one.

Randwick Council staff members experiencing family and domestic violence will be able to access extra leave, additional support and flexible work options as part of a new Family & Domestic Violence Policy adopted by Council on 26 June 2018.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the new policy for Council staff is about supporting women and families at times of crisis and helping them retain their job and income.

“Domestic violence is the greatest social challenge of our time, and I’m proud that we’re providing support for this issue. We have a way to go, but we’re moving in the right direction.

“This new policy is the right thing to do as a responsible employer and sets an example for the community and other employers,” Mayor Shurey said.

In Randwick City, between 2016 and 2017, there were 373 reports made to police of women or children suffering at the hands of another person.

The move follows a recent Australian-first initiative by the Council to allocate some its affordable housing homes to help local women and children break the cycle of domestic violence.

Under the initiative, a proportion of the Council’s affordable rental housing portfolio will be made available specifically for women and children exiting emergency refuges and into more stable medium-term accommodation.

Randwick City Council currently operates 20 affordable housing homes specifically for its essential services workers and is expecting another 10 to be handed over to Council soon. A further 200 could be provided in the coming years as part of Council’s K2K strategy in the Kingsford and Kensington town centres.

Council also recently resolved to provide annual funding for the next five years to fund specialist outreach workers targeting domestic violence to work three days a week within the Randwick City area.

“The statistics around violence against women and violence in the home suggests that it is vital we as a community continue to talk about domestic violence and ensure that women feel heard, supported and understood,” Mayor Shurey said.

Randwick Council partners with the NSW Police Force every November to organise Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk against domestic violence.

Randwick Council Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey bans single use plastics – 27th June 2018

DISCLAIMER – the following is a Randwick City Council Media Release

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Single use plastics such as plastic bags, drink bottles and drinking straws will be banned from all Randwick City Council operations and events commencing 1 July 2018, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.

The decision from the Council Meeting of 26 June 2018 is inline with a world-wide movement to decrease plastic usage to reduce plastics pollution and micro plastics entering the food stream.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the Council unanimously approved the ban which is consistent with current Council practices to reduce single use plastics.

“Randwick Council is leading by example and making a statement that we all need to reduce our reliance on single use plastics.

“A total of 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia last financial year and only 12 per cent was recycled meaning most ends up in landfill or worse in our oceans and natural environment,” Mayor Shurey said.

“We’ve all seen the distressing images of animals with their digestion system clogged with plastics and the drifting continents of plastic rubbish accumulating in our oceans. Our decision is a small step in the right direction,” Mayor Shurey said.

In addition to banning single-use plastics as part of Council operations, organisers of Council-supported events, festivals and major activities would also be required from 1 January 2019 to not use single-use plastics. Exemptions would apply for emergency situations where single-use bottled water may be required because of excessive temperatures.

Randwick Council will also develop a waste education program to assist and encourage local businesses and community groups to reduce single use plastics.

Plastics . . . did you know?

  • It is estimated humans buy one million plastic bottles every minute.
  • 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year.
  • Half a million plastic straws are used worldwide every day.
  • 500 billion disposable cups are used every year.
  • Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to break down

Sources: 2016-17 Australian Plastics Recycling Survey (APRS) and Earth Day 2018

For more information, please visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 722 542.

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Further media: Randwick Council bans single-use plastic after Senate decision

Anti Adani protestors call for councils to divest at National General Assembly of Councils – 19th June 2018

Councils are called onto divest from fossil fuels in their investment portfolios. 19th June 2018 in Canberra

BikEast pushes for separated bike paths in Randwick City Council – 18th June 2018

Cycling advocacy group BikEast calls for submissions to Randwick City Council in support of more off-road bike paths.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey condemns racially motivated assaults – 21st May 2018

SOURCE: Randwick Council Media Release
21st May 2018

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey has condemned a series of violent, random attacks that took place in the Randwick town centre last Thursday 17 May 2018.

Police allege a 25-year-old man assaulted a number of people of Asian background on Belmore Road just before 10pm including a 70-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.

“These senseless attacks are completely abhorrent, and contrary to the strong sense of community in Randwick City.

“We are a tolerant and welcome community and I condemn this random violence in the strongest possible terms.

“Each month I have the privilege of hosting Citizenship Ceremonies and welcoming new citizens to our multicultural community. They are proud to call Randwick home because of our friendly and welcoming lifestyle and support for multiculturalism.

“Thank you to our local police from the Eastern Beaches Local Area Command for their swift and decisive response to this shocking incident.

“I would also like to thank the bystanders who intervened and subdued the attacker at the scene. This brave action by bystanders is what the Randwick City community spirit is all about,” Mayor Shurey said.

Repower Coogee supporters hold the blue line where a 7 metre sea level rise will be at Coogee Beach by the end of the centruary – 19th May 2018

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson joined today’s event at Coogee Beach staged by Repower Coogee’s public push to make rising sea levels a NSW state election issue.

Repower Coogee supporters are campaigning to draw attention to where new sea levels will be eating up Australian beaches. Coogee beach 19th May 2018

“Bleached coral, heatwaves, bushfires, and floods. Our climate is changing and causing a raft of environmental disasters. It’s time to draw a line in the sand. Join us on the 19th of May as we do exactly that, drawing a line along Coogee beach, demonstrating where the shoreline will reach if we do nothing to stop climate change.”

Can Repower Coogee build a campaign ahead of the NSW State election that will be strong enough to focus voters on how climate change is forcing up sea levels at Australia’s popular beaches? Coogee Beach 2018

Dan Murphy: Coogee Residents petition against additional liquor shop – 13th May 2018

Local Coogee residents (i.e. “Not Happy Dan”) have asked for the promotion of this petition objecting to Dan Murphy’s licence to trade from the former Rugby Club building on Brook Street, Coogee.

In April 2018 the Land and Environment Court gave the green light for trading to commence. They have supplied us with the following background information.

  • bulk liquor store green lighted for Coogee.
  • 4 existing bottle shops within 500m.
  • Massive scale incompatible with aresidential area in a heritage precinct.
  • Out of area shoppers + daily deliveries = extra traffic snarls on Brook Street.
  • Coogee beaches and parks are alcohol free.
  • Evidence of alcohol related violence in Coogee.
  • Coogee is beautiful and vibrant – it’s not the site for a bulk liquor store.

 More information about this issue can be found at Not Happy Dan. This article posted by Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

Randwick Council’s Environment Committee is re-established by its Greens Councillors – 2nd May 2018

The Greens have managed to get Randwick Council’s specialist Environment Committee re-established after it was disbanded in February this year along with a number of other committees

This 2016 biodiversity meeting held in Randwick Council’s Bowen Library demonstrates the pride it has in its environmental profile which Green Councillors have maintained by re-establishing the Council’s Environment Committee. Pictured here is current Greens NSW senate candidate Mehreen Faruqi talking to neighbouring Woollahra Greens Councillor Matthew Robertson. Photo by Murray Matson

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who moved the successful motion wrote in the background section to it that:

“It is desirable to maintain public confidence in our hard won credentials as a leading environmental Council in NSW by reconstituting the Environment Committee that was dissolved at the last Council meeting.”

The reincarnated committee will have as members two Green Councillors, two Liberals, two Labor and two independents with the Mayor as an ex officio participant.

After the meeting (24th April 2018) Councillor Matson summed up by saying:

“Randwick prides itself on being seen as a pro environment Council. It was thus strange for us not to retain a dedicated committee consisting of those Councillors prepared to do the heavy lifting in terms of generating our environmental policies.”

Randwick City Council resolution to motion from Greens Councillor Matson

That Randwick City Council continues to signal to the community that it values its current high profile on environmental issues by reconstituting the Environment Committee to meet on an as required basis prior to the commencement of scheduled Councillor briefing sessions with no delegated authority on decisions.

The committee shall;

  1. report to full Council meetings recommendations arising from its deliberations;
  2. be chaired by Councillor Neilson with Councillor Veitch as the Deputy Chair;
  3. have a membership of 9 comprising the Mayor (ex officio) and two Councillors each from the Labor, Liberal, Greens and Independents to be advised to the General Manager;
  4.  have the following functions;
  1. have a quorum of 4 with the chair to exercise a casting vote;
  2. to draft responses to local government implications arising from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement negotiated via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  3. to review Council’s draft State of the Environment Report;
  4. to draft responses to local government implications arising from former Prime Minister Tony Abbotts’ 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement negotiated via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  5. to review Council’s draft State of the Environment Report;
  6. to monitor and advise on key environmental priorities and performance indicators set in the Randwick Council City Plan (a 20 Year Plan) and the yearly Management Plan;
  7. to monitor the performance and drafting of projects under Council’s Sustaining Our City Program;
  8. to be advised of issues arising from environmental arrangements with other councils, SSROC, the State and Federal Governments; Local Government NSW, the Australian Local Government Association; UNSW, environment groups, precinct committee’s and local resident groups;
  9. to receive reports from the Sydney Coastal Council network, the Greening Randwick Committee and other special committees and working groups as they arise; and
  10. to contribute to drafting conference motions on environmental issues for Local Government NSW and the Australian Local Government Association.

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey calls for a new high school in Sydney’s east – 1st May 2018

Randwick Council now supports the pro-education group CLOSEast in advocating for a new Eastern Suburbs high school after a successful recommendation was put to the last Council meeting (24th April 2018) by Mayor Shurey.

Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shorey has moved Randwick City Council to support calls for a new eastern Sydney high school.

CLOSEast (Community for Local Options for Secondary Education) had recently contacted the Office of the Mayor requesting support for their campaign. Mayor Shurey subsequently advised Councillors that:

Due to the planned increase in housing density in the eastern suburbs of Sydney to 2036 as identified in the Greater Sydney District Plan for our region, the group is concerned that there will be a shortfall in funding and places available in public schooling for future residents.

CLOSEast has been in contact with Randwick’s neighbouring Councils of Waverley and Woollahra Councils who have shown their support for the group by adopting motions at their council meetings in late 2017.