Monthly Archives: December 2013

Local Submission on the CBD to South East Light Rail Environmental Impact Statement from the Randwick-Botany Greens

The full Randwick-Botany Greens submission to
the EIS for the CBD to South East Light Rail (CSELR) is available here.

High Cross Park

Randwick Council trees could be saved by moving parts of the CSELR around – such as the High Cross Park interchange west along High Street.

The local Greens generally support the CSELR but have called for route realignments and operating adjustments that would ameliorate the excessive loss of trees, street parking and the open space of High Cross Park.

A strong call is made for the integration with an Anzac Parade dedicated bike path and for the provision of bike/light rail interfaces.

It is suggested that the sites for the two bus/light rail interfaces and the site for the stabling yards should be moved.

A hybrid bus/light rail approach is suggested for Anzac Parade to provide frequent bus stops for short journeys set independently of the proposed light rail stops. Express bus services are called on to be retained.

The Randwick-Botany Greens call for separating the justification for the CSELR from the concurrent UAP process. Light rail should only be returned to Randwick to service the new dwelling targets previously set for the Council by the previous Labor government rather than flagged increases under the Urban Activation Precinct (UAP) agenda.

The Randwick-Botany Greens do not support recent calls made for the replacement of the CSELR with heavy rail stations and are concerned over their relationship to the two proposed UAP.

Light rail using existing road surfaces is preferable to the instillation of heavy rail in the Randwick Council area for the following reasons:

  • It has minimal environmental impact and is vastly superior to road traffic emissions;
  • It is cost effective;
  • It is politically attainable in the medium term;
  • It avoids community resentment of intrusive vibrations from tunneling activity and fears of potential property damage;
  • It is capable of providing a net increased capacity of 5,000 and
  • It minimizes the need for compulsory land acquisition.

 

Heavy Rail Labor Tries Light Rail Derailment Bid – 13th December 2013

The Editor
The Southern Courier

Randwick Labor Tries to Derail Achievable CBD To South East Light Rail Project With Unachievable Heavy Rail Push.

The recent heavy rail push by local Labor is about giving themselves a superficially saleable rail policy that they can show is different to that of the Liberals who are committed to light rail.

But it is mainly just political showmanship that they have not thought through.

Light rail is relatively cheap but heavy rail is expensive and will have to be surrounded with intensive residential redevelopment to justify and for pay for them.

But Labor opposes intensive residential redevelopment, don’t they?

The same party warning that UAPs will give us high rize development down Anzac Parade is inconsistently championing high capacity heavy rail stations in Randwick and Maroubra Junctions.

I don’t know why Liberal Councillor Robert Belleli is also pushing for heavy rail but he has clearly copied local Labor one too many times.

The Greens support light rail to address the extra 8,400 new dwellings that the last Labor Government told Randwick Council to accept without any new transport infrastructure.

Labor is trying to derail achievable light rail by pushing for unachievable heavy rail – pardon the pun.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
@murraymatson

Response by Greens Councillor Murray Matson to “inconsistent” heavy rail position taken by Randwick Labor Councillors and Liberal Councillor Robert Belleli – December 6th 2013

Are Randwick’s Labor Councillors and Liberal Robert Belleli inconsistently  ‘engaging’ heavy rail into the Government’s UAP agenda despite agreeing with The Greens that light rail should be ‘disengaged’ from it?

light_rail_vehicle

Last Tuesday’s unqualified motion by Labor’s Tony Bowen (supported by Bellleli) calling for heavy rail to Maroubra and Randwick junctions flies in the face of their recent well publicized opposition to the UAP proposal.

The previous Labor Government told Council to accept 8,400 new dwellings into our planning instrument LEP 2012, which is one reason why The Greens support the return of light rail to Randwick and Maroubra Junctions.

This year the state planning department (but apparently not the department of transport) have tried to co-opt light rail to justify many more new dwellings under the present Government’s Urban Activation Precinct (UAP) agenda. Which is why The Greens called for the return of light rail to Randwick to be disengaged from the UAPs.

But now Councillors Bowen and Belleli have inadvertently gone further than this. They have voted to direct Council to call for heavy rail without in any way restraining the Government from using it as a justification for excessive high rize development – something that they are both supposed to oppose.

If Councillors Bowen and Belleli want a high capacity heavy rail station in Maroubra Junction – with out disengaging it from dwelling increases – aren’t they implicitly supporting the Southern UAP by providing the needed transport infrastructure?

If the provision of light rail should be disengaged from justifying the UAPs, then surely so should heavy rail? I don’t think Councillors Bowen and Belleli actually perceive the inconsistency of their motion.

I will be moving on Council that we recognize the CBD and South East light rail line as the best rail strategy for Anzac Parade and that we carefully qualify Bowen and Belleli’s heavy rail endorsement to disengage it from the UAP.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
@murraymatson