CBD to South East Light Rail: Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch keeps up pressure on the NSW Government to provide promised noise and light pollution mitigation measures to Kensington and Kingsford residents – 5th August 2018

Randwick City Council will chase up the NSW State Government over a failure to deliver promised noise mitigation to residents suffering CSELR light rail construction noise.

Randwick West Ward Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch is continuing to press the NSW State Government to fully implement a promised package of light rail noise mitigation measures to residents to residents in Kingsford and Kensington.

Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch successfully moved at the Council’s 28th July 2018 meeting that it write to the NSW Government seeking full details on where the promise is up to.

Councillor Veitch states that a respite package of measures was offered to residents in 2017 but that many have not received it or even be aware that it was on offer. She stated:

“Many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work. Those who are being notified are often only receiving a knock on the door on the night the work is taking place. This is unacceptable.”

The measures offered were alternative accommodation during night time construction work and the installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave who live behind the Light Rail stabling yard. Councillor Veitch noted that Randwick Council had opposed the siting of the stabling yards at Doncaster Avenue in a 2014 submission to the Government.”

“I am also calling on TfNSW to offer noise mitigation to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise, not just those who live along the CSELR rail line. Above all, residents just want the night time construction work to be avoided if at all possible.

“Enough is enough, people can’t be expected to pack their bags and move into a hotel every other night for another two years. It’s high time Andrew Constance came down to meet these people and take their complaints seriously. I will continue to make this issue a priority for as long as it takes to get something done.”


“Notification of Respite Package for Randwick LGA Residents Affected by South East Light Rail Out of Hours Construction Noise

RESOLUTION: (Veitch/Matson) that Randwick City Council:

  1. notes that in 2017, the Hon Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, offered Randwick LGA residents affected by out of hours construction work on the South East Light Rail line a number of support measures including:
  • Reimbursement of up to $200.00 for alternative accommodation during night time construction work;
  • An offer by Transport for NSW to arrange accommodation directly, avoiding the need for reimbursement;
  • Additional accommodation in special circumstances, decided on a case by case basis;
  • Installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave impacted by the lights and noise of the Light Rail stabling yard;
  1. notes that many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work;
  1. writes to Transport for NSW to request that double glazing, ventilation and air conditioning be offered to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise and on an ongoing basis as a consequence of the operations of the light rail stabling yard behind Doncaster Avenue; and
  1. writes to the NSW Government to request that full details of the respite packages are provided on all weekly notifications until the completion of the South East Light Rail, so residents are able to benefit from the package being offered.

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey celebrates her Council’s winning of three 2018 RH Dougherty Awards for excellence in communications – Friday 3 August 2018

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Randwick Council scoops the pool in Local Government Awards for communication

Randwick City Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey

Randwick Council was last night recognised by peak body, Local Government NSW, for their excellence in communications at the 2018 RH Dougherty Awards, winning three out of four categories.

The RH Dougherty Awards, judged by communications experts, recognise outstanding communication by councils to their local communities. Award categories were: Reporting to the Community, Excellence in Communication, Innovation in Special Events, and Outstanding Individual Contribution.

Randwick Council won the Reporting to the Community Award for Randwick E-news, the weekly electronic newsletter sent out to more than 42,000 residents. Judges noted that Randwick E-news was “informative, well laid out, innovative and followed the KISS system – simply well done.”

Council’s Rock Fishing Safety Education campaign was joint winner for the Excellence in Communication award. The category recognises examples of Council shifting an attitude or behaviour through a communication strategy. Judges commented that the campaign was “an important message with a very specific audience. A unique take on a serious message.”

The program was a partnership with the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Fisheries, Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW and Alex Bellissimo Rock & Beach Charters.

The Best Gift Christmas Markets took home the Innovation in Special Events award. Judges said, “The Randwick entry seized an opportunity on behalf of its community to capitalise on Christmas giving and provide opportunities for local residents to acquire or sell some unique Christmas gifts. The community involvement that resulted provided another perspective to Christmas.”

“Great communication is key to building an informed, empowered and unified community and I know our teams work hard to find innovative and effective ways to connect with the people of Randwick and beyond,” said Mayor Lindsay Shurey.

“Winning three of the top awards shows that we’re leading the way in communications strategies, which is a win for both Council and the community.”

The awards are open to all councils in New South Wales and are celebrated each year during Local Government Week.

Independent Randwick Councillor and ex-Mayor Noel D’Souza says that a “modern feminist is either an ignoramus or a liar” – 2nd August 2018

DISCLAIMER: The following comments are the personal comments of Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Good grief!

Right wing Independent Randwick Councillor Noel D’Souza has stunned fellow Councillors by launching a full on attack against what he says is wrong with “modern feminists”.

I have just got hold of the original email that independent Councillor and former Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza sent to the Southern Courier.

It sparked  the published storey of this week in which Councillor D’Souza  is attributed with anti-feminist comments targeting Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey who replaced him as the face of the  eastern Sydney Council.

It actually reads far more misogynistic than  his comments in the published article do. It displays such an intense paranoia towards assertive women that it makes you wonder at the psychological motivations of the writer.

When you read it you have to remind yourself that this was sent out by a former Mayor of Randwick City Council who first held office in 2015 and not 1975. It is Donald Trump style weirdness.

You have to feel for current Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey . I knew she would catch something of a backlash being only the second-ever female Mayor of Randwick – and a Green one at that. But this has actually shaken me. I had no idea  that one of my fellow male Councillors was so far out of  touch with modern political attitudes. I voted twice for this guy to be Mayor. What was I thinking?

Amazingly Councillor D’Souza finishes the email by calling for Randwick Council to be “more  accepting and inclusive of all” with apparently no sense of irony or self awarnes. Then he closes this email to a professional female journalist with the  words: “Warm regards”.

Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Randwick Councillor Noel D’Souza launches anti-feminist attack on female Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey – 1st August 2018

The following comments are by Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson

To the readership of the Southern Courier newspaper.

I read with sadness Councillor Noel D’Souza’s anti-feminist comments towards my colleague Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey in yesterday’s Southern Courier.

Independent Randwick City Councillor Noel D’Souza has launched an attack on the feminist views of his successor as Mayor – female Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey

…Councillor D’Souza sent an email to the Southern Courier criticising feminism as a “relentless political advocacy group pushing for special privileges for women”. (Southern Courier page 9, 31st July 2018)

I voted for Councillor D’Souza to become mayor himself in 2015 and 2016 and we worked well together. But in 2017 I told him that I would be supporting Lindsay’s bid to become Randwick’s only second ever female mayor. Our relationship then deteriorated rapidly.

I have been mayor twice myself and I know it is emotionally difficult to give it up. Lindsay will find it so too.

But Noel has not come to terms with it and he is letting the resentment eat him up.

He regularly sends emails around to fellow Councillors in which he expresses resentment towards me, Lindsay and our party the Greens.

He claims that the Council is being badly run since he left the job.

This is blatantly unfair towards Lindsay Shurey who has done a great job on issues such as the marriage equality ballot. Her presiding over Council meetings is fair and objective.

Councillor Noel D’Souza himself actually voted FOR the very budgetary measures including the loan that he irrationally now attacks Mayor Lindsay Shurey for.

Check out page 6 of the Council minutes of the 26th June 2018. Noel voted with me and the Mayor. Whenever I vote for something I always own the resolution ever afterwards. By not doing so Noel has now the lost the respect of his fellow Councillors who know what he actually said and did in that meeting.

I find it appalling that a man who I voted for twice to be mayor is now expressing such a misogynist attack on a female mayor. Randwick now has four female Councillors and many diligent female staff working at all levels. I do believe that Noel’s printed comments have damaged the reputation of Randwick Council as an equal opportunity body. Those comments send a completely wrong not-welcome message to any woman seeking a career at Randwick.

I call on my old friend to repudiate his quotes and to work on rebuilding his relationship with his fellow Councillors.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Randwick under Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey will join with two other eastern Sydney councils to be the first NSW councils to install electric car-charging sites – 31st July 2018

The environmental achievements continue to flow from the Greens initiated Sustaining Our City program at Randwick City Council under current Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey.

Randwick Council under Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey continues to roll out environmental initiatives under its Sustaining Our City Program initiated by Green Councillors back in 2004.

The latest project is to be the installation of electric car-charging-sites in Randwick in partnership with Waverley and Woollahra Councils under the “3-Council Regional Environment Program”.  Much of Randwick’s contribution to this regional partnership is paid for by the Council’s Sustaining Our City program, which is based on an environmental levy.

The roll out of car charging sites is described as a first for local NSW Councils with a Randwick Council report stating:

“These public electric vehicle charging sites will be a first for local Councils in NSW (and apparently only second for local government in Australia, to those installed in the City of Adelaide).”

ARE you interested in electric cars? Switching to one is about to become a lot more practical if you live in the eastern suburbs. 😄🚗👏

Posted by Southern Courier on Friday, July 27, 2018

The Sustaining Our City Programs was initiated by former Randwick Green Mayor Murray Matson in 2004 and is recognised as the flagship policy of the local Greens.

Eight charging sites are to be installed in the three Council areas with four in Randwick at:

  • Brook Street, adjacent to and outside the Coogee Senior Citizens Centre
  • Silver Street carpark, Randwick
  • Randwick Community Centre, Randwick
  • Des Renford Leisure Centre, car-park, Maroubra.

Bread4Change – “Honest sourdough bread – An honest and caring Community – Our Home Planet Earth” – 27th July 2018

“Bread4Change” – No:4

Sat, Aug 4th; 10 am – 1 pm at “Holey Crumb Gardens” in Kensington, NSW, Australia

More info provided upon RSVP via email: oliver@bread4change.org

Download (PDF, 584KB)

Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey expresses Randwick Council’s sympathy to the people of Greece over the loss of life in the bush fires of this week – 25th July 2018

Single-use-plastics: Albatross documentary is a poetic and beautifully filming of the horrible fate looming over the world’s most loved sea bird – 23rd July 2018

The Randwick-Botany Greens thank NSW Greens MP Justin Field and Greens Federal Senator Peter Whish-Wilson for jointly hosting the  special Plastic Free July screening of the Albatross documentary at the Randwick Ritz Cinema on 4 July 2018.

The documentary film Albatross was shot over years at Midway Island and achieves a gently poetic portrayal of the single-use plastic threat to large sea birds.

This stylistic and poetically shot film gently shows the disaster slowly descending on the breeding cycle of the Albatross.

Mr Justin Field  said shortly before the viewing:  “I’ve recently returned from Lord Howe Island where baby flesh-footed shearwater birds are being mistakenly fed our plastic waste by their parents, leading to developmental problems and the death of many juveniles.”

Senator  Whish-Wilson said at the time:  “Despite great commitment and action from communities, the NSW government lags behind other Australian states and territories in its ambition for initiatives to reduce plastic pollution”

The  Senator highlighted the lack of awareness of the single use plastic issue politically  isolates NSW.  He said

“NSW is the only Australian state or territory without a commitment to ban single-use plastic. It also risks being left further behind as countries such as Britain, the Netherlands and Canada up the purpose and targets of their plastic policies and programs.”

Despite the lack of NSW state action our area is doing its bit on a local level.

Last month Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey banned the use of single use plastics by Randwick City Council.

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.