November 2013 archive

Nov 30

Hop scotch and chalk art not to be classified as graffiti in Randwick Council – 30th November 2013

Randwick Council has moved to safe guard chalk street art from amended legislation of this year that could also restrict children’s chalk games and rainbow pedestrian crossings daubed by the LGBTI community. Last Tuesday Councillors voted that, “…Council resolves not to classify as graffiti designs, messages, or markings made by the use of non-permanent chalk …

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Nov 29

Contentious NSW Planning Legislation held over to February – 29th November 2013

The Planning Minister announced on Thursday that the passage of the planning reform legislation will be delayed until Parliament resumes at the end of February next year. The reason he gave is that too many amendments were conceded in the Upper House over the last week. Amendments have included removing code assessable development, retention of …

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Nov 28

Planning Bill Passes NSW Upper House – 28th November 2013

The Government’s planning law reforms have passed the state upper house after amendments with only the Greens voting against it. Greens MLC David Shoebridge describes it as an “historic failure of planning reform“. Local Greens Councillor Murray Matson says that although amended the legislation will still be a problem for Councils trying to enforce local …

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Nov 28

Recognizing long wall coal mining threat to Sydney Water Catchment Area is a step too far for Randwick City Council – 28th November 2013

Randwick Councillors have declined to support a Greens call for the banning of long wall coal mining in the water catchment areas of Sydney. The disappointed mover of the motion, Councillor Murray Matson, blamed the low profile of ‘long wall coal mining’ risks when compared to the high public knowledge about the alternative practice of …

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Nov 27

Abandon the planning reform bill says Randwick City Council to the NSW Upper House – 27th November 2013

Better Planning Network supporters at a recent rally in Marourba.

Last night Randwick Council voted to call on the NSW Government to abandon it’s contentious planning reform bill as debate continues in the State upper house today. Greens Councillor Murray Matson has urged the NSW upper house members to take note of the local “grass roots” resolution. “I hope that the NSW upper house takes …

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Nov 23

Ban needed on “Long Wall Coal” mining as well as “Coal Seam Gas” mining to protect Sydney drinking water

ABC program highlighting degradation of Sydney' s water catchments from long wall coal mining.

Councillor Scott Nash Mayor Randwick City Council Dear Mr Mayor I ask your support for my intention to amend the following motion that I am listed to put to next Tuesday night’s Council meeting away from just a proposed ban on coal seam gas mining in the official Sydney Water Catchment Area to a more …

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Nov 22

Reply to “Light Rail no solution” (Southern Courier, Nov 19th 2013)

22nd November The Editor The Southern Courier Dear Editor While Mr Tosti is being overly negative about the return of light rail he is right in that that High Cross Park should not be lost to a bus/light rail interchange. All my fellow Councillors and transport staff seem to agree that the interchange should be …

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Nov 21

Greens Brace as State Government Planning Reform Bill Goes to Upper House – 21st November 2013

Yesterday Greens MLC David Shoebridge advised by twitter that debate had started on the Government’s contentious planning reforms bill in the upper house. Amendments are expected to be debated next week. On a local level, Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson will put a motion to next week’s Council meeting calling for the Bill to be …

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Nov 18

Protect Randwick’s Drinking Water by stopping Coal Seam Gas (CSG) activity in the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment Area – Nov 18th 2013

Greens Councillor Murray Matson is putting a motion to next week’s Randwick Council meeting drawing attention to the threat posed to resident’s drinking water by coal seam gas mining and exploration in the Sydney catchments. He has also praised the creation of a new umbrella group of anti CSG groups in Sydney. He said, “Politicians …

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Nov 17

Randwick Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson attended today’s National Day of Action on Climate Change Rally in Sydney

UPDATE: Councillor Matson is following up on yesterday’s rally by putting the following motion to the next week’s Randwick Council meeting. “That Council as a matter of urgency writes to the Prime Minister, the Leader of the federal opposition and all parties in the Senate advocating the retention of a market based system for setting …

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