Monthly Archives: October 2013

Message from a resident: Notice of Rally re NSW planning legislation proposals at Maroubra Beach tomorrow

Better Planning Network Rally Marourbra Beach 1-11-13 REDUCED ver 2 033

POST RALLY UPDATE. Greens MLC David Shoebridge addresses rally and media at Maroubra Beach

Maroubra Rally - planning reforms Nov 1I am organising a RALLY at Maroubra Beach on Friday November 1st at 11am – all welcome!!

Guest speakers include Mr David Shoebridge MLC and Councillor Murray Matson.

We are protesting against the new currently going through State parliament and the “Anzac Parade South Urban Activation Precinct” imposed on us by the State government: 7km of high rise buildings from Kingsford to La Perouse along Anzac Parade.

Come and join us!!! Please wear Black and Yellow (we have black and yellow “Hazzard tape”) and please share this event on FB.

Letter to the edior: A Liberal Leader Playing Socialist on Climate Change

29th October 2013

The Editor
The Southern Courier

Dear Editor

I have heard of governments “capitalizing profits and socializing loses” when bailing out private business.

Tony Abbott is now having a try at himself by using our tax revenue to pay private companies to cut carbon emissions. He wants to capitalise pollution and socialise climate change.

Randdwick Greens Councillor
Murray Matson

Greens MLC David Shoebridge warns of “huge step backwards” if State Government rolls out “undemocratic” code assessable development changes

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PHOTO UPDATE – Greens MLC David Shoebridge and Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith put alternative views to today’s protest outside Notley-Smith’s office.

Greens MLC David Shoebridge has criticized Government proposals to adopt “undemocratic” code assessable development changes as part of its’ revamp of planning legislation.

The changes were introduced into Parliament on Tuesday and are yet to be voted on.

“If these changes become law then the rights of ordinary residents to have a say on what development occurs in their local will be greatly reduced.

“Not only will the undemocratic code assessable development be rolled out in the large urban activation precincts in the area, but a pro-developer majority on any council can impose this system on residents across the board.

“History proves that Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils can all be dominated by pro-developer councillors and this Bill would let those councils exclude community participation in most development matters.

“This would be a huge step backwards for people’s rights and produce ever more intense development in Sydney’s east,” Mr Shoebridge said.

The Green MLC’s warning comes one day before the Better Planning Network is scheduled to hold a protest on the various planning changes outside Liberal Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith’s office.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that he will be attending the protest outside Bruce Notley-Smith’s office tomorrow and wants the MP to clarify some issues on behalf of local Councillors. He said today,

“Randwick Council is to have two Urban Activation Precincts in its’ area. I thus share David Shoebridge’s concern about the Government’s code assessable development proposals.

“Not only do we look like getting increased heights written into our Council’s local environmental plan via urban activation but now it seems that code assessable development provisions will mean that the Councillors will not be able to oppose these developments once the changes are in place.

“There is a lot that needs clarification by the Government. For instance, will Councillors be even able to impose any sort of moderating conditions on these developments as we can do at present? Will we even get to debate them at a Council meeting?”


“Code Assessable Development – development which meets the standards or performance outcomes in the development guidelines section of a Local Plan cannot be refused development consent (section 4.18). The Regulation is expected to require that a consent authority determine an application for code assessable development within 25 days (where the proposal meets acceptable or alternative outcomes) or within 50 days (where the application is consulted and proposes alternative acceptable outcomes)” (Robert Wilcher, Partner, hunt & hunt Lawyers )

Hats and Climate Change – Randwick Green and Liberal Councillors clash on UN bush fire warning for NSW

witches hat

A sort of climate change hat. Possibly similar to the one Tony Abbott meant.

Last night the scientific credibility of the world’s major climate monitor was questioned by a Randwick Liberal Councillor after the Greens used a UN media quote relating the NSW bush fires to climate change.

The quote came from Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, to the media network CNN. She had said;

The World Meteorological Organisation has not established the direct link between this wildfire and climate change yet, but what is absolutely clear is that the science is telling us there are increasing heatwaves in Asia, Europe and Australia” .

Greens Councillor Murray Matson repeated the quote and then went onto refer to the scientific reports of the International Panel on Climate Change. This motivated Liberal Councillor Harry Stavrinos to respond with the assertion that there was no scientific consensus human caused climate change was occurring.

Councillor Matson disagreed by replying that the vast body of the scientific community was actually in agreement that climate change is real and is caused by human activity.

Councillor Stavrinos argument was not bolstered by fellow Liberal Kiel Smith who declared that he also believed that climate change was real.

But today Councillor Stavrinos did gain a sort of ratification for his comments after Prime Minister Tony Abbott stated that the UN executive secretarywas speaking through her hat”.

Councillor Matson has responded to the PM’s comment by stating that he himself will stick with the opinion expressed by Ms Figueres. He said today,

Most scientists argue that we need to respond to the current climate change by recognizing that it is caused by humans. The Prime Minister of Australia can no longer swat this reality away. The rhetoric of the election campaign is over and Tony Abbott must now lead the country by producing an effective strategy for reducing carbon emissions and our local Liberals should be calling on him to do so.”


Randwick City Council Environment Levy is a good investment

Make a submission to Randwick Council by the 7th November 2013. Safeguarding our beaches for $1.80 a week per average household is cheap at the price.


Coogee Beach looking south

Dark stormy future for Coogee Beach?

The Editor
The Southern Courier

Dear Editor

Randwick City Council’s environmental levy needs to continue.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has found that sea levels could rise by 80 centimetres by 2100. Others are saying Bondi Beach will be narrowed by 45 metres as a result.

How much will iconic Coogee Beach and the recently cleaned up Malabar Beach be reduced by? How will surfing be affected at Maroubra Beach and around the world?

There will be an infrastructure cost along with the vanishing metres of sun baking area. Higher sea levels means higher tides and storms breaking against our promenades, walk ways, storm water pipes and grass reserves.

No, we need the levy so that Council retains the funding to research and deal with such issues.

Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

Success of Malabar Beach water quality clean up based on hard headed negotiations by former Greens Mayor

Storm water pipe that diverted from discharging into Malabar Bay.

A storm water pipe that has been diverted from discharging into Malabar Bay.

The success of the Malabar Beach storm water diversion project (see Southern Courier) was based on some hard headed negotiations in 2010 between former Greens Mayor Murray Matson and Maroubra MP Michael Daley to secure a fair funding deal for Randwick City Council ratepayers.

It is indeed wonderful that the water quality has now improved for swimmers but it must still be remembered that we have just diverted the pollutants further out to sea.

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam gone – Australian parliament loses an articulate urban visionary

The frustrating news for dedicated urban planners is that WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has lost his seat.

This is not good for anyone who supports Australian cities being reshaped to serve people and not cars – and I say that as a car owner.

I was lucky to hear him speak once at a conference in Sydney and it is now clear to me that the Australian parliament has lost an articulate urban visionary.

I drew on his public transport proposals for Perth to update my own position on light rail here in the Randwick and Botany Council areas.

It is some comfort that he will still serve as a senator until July next year.

His forced exist highlights the need to abolish the current senate voting system that sees micro parties being able to lodge hidden group voting tickets weeks before polling day that force feed preferences all over the political spectrum to the ignorance and sometimes detriment of the actual voter. They were done away with in the NSW upper house and at the Council level so lets get rid of them in the Senate and restore transparency.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson