Monthly Archives: February 2015

Greens Candidate for Coogee votes on CBD to South East Light Rail: How much are the Alison Road trees and bike path worth? Green and Labor Councillors clash over money allocation in Greens rescue bid! – 26th February 2014

Randwick Green Councillors have been successful in setting up a $100,000 funded working group to find an alternative route light rail route in attempt to convince the Government to save the Alison Road trees and bike path.

New route of the CSELR light rail threatens trees and a bike path along Alison Road Randwick.

New route of the CSELR light rail threatens trees and a bike path along Alison Road Randwick.

The vote was unanimous despite a mid way stoush between Green and Labor Councillors over the Greens plan for the working group to be funded to achieve its objective.

In the end it was agreed by all Councillors to lobby both the State Government and the State opposition as part of the rescue bid. Councillor and Greens candidate for Coogee, Lindsay Shurey, wants the call to come as a state election promise.

She said after the meeting after the Council meeting last Tuesday night:

“The resolution to the Greens motion calls on both the Premier and the leader of the NSW Opposition to immediately commit to protecting the parklands and cycle ways at Alison Road from any encroachments from the South East Light Rail Project. As the Greens candidate for Coogee I further call on them to do so before the election.”

As part of its task, the new “Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group” will be requesting the opportunity to meet with both the State Minister for Transport and the State Opposition spokesperson for Transport.

Greens Councillor Matson said:

“It is disappointing that there was an unsuccessful Labor amendment that would have denied the working group $100,000 in funding needed to employ professional consultants to establish the feasibility of an alternative route. This would have crippled the Greens initiative to save the Alison Road trees and bike path.”

FINAL RANDWICK COUNCIL RESOLUTION:

MOTION: (Matson/Andrews) that Council responds to the negative impact of the amending CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure Approval SSi-6042 of December 2014 by;

  1. Noting that the realignment of the Alison Road section will result in additional tree losses along with the loss of the Alison Road bike path and the very significant and unacceptable loss of accustomed parklands;
  2. Noting that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility study of 2011 favored the use of High Street for the Randwick arm of the line rather than the Government choice of Alison and Wansey Roads;
  3. Forming the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group to report back to Council on the feasibility, requirements, cost, environmental impact and possible advantages of an alternative alignment of the Randwick arm of the CSELR away from the approved Alison and Wansey Road alignment, not excluding alternate routes including the old tram route to the racecourse, the western side of the racecourse and High Street, and prepare a submission to the State Government arguing for the feasibility of the proposed changes;
  4. that the membership of the Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group shall consist of North and West Ward Councillors only;
  5. Providing the Working Group with a budget of up to $100,000 to employ consultants to achieve this objective; and
  6. Formally advising both the Minister for Transport and the State Opposition spokesperson for Transport of the creation of the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group and request the opportunity for it to meet with both on the subject.
  7. Calling on the Premier, Mike Baird, and the leader of the NSW Opposition, to immediately commit to protecting High Cross Park and parklands and cycleways at Alison Road, conventionally known as Centennial Parklands, from any encroachments from the South East Light Rail Project.

Greens Maroubra Candidate James Cruz – performs well at Southern Courier candidates forum – 26th February 2015

The Southern Courier’s online blog of last night’s candidate’s forum for Maroubra shows a strong performance by Greens candidate James Cruz and other members of the Randwick-Botany Greens.

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Greens Maroubra candidate Jame Cruz (standing) answers questions at the Southern Courier candidate forum 25th February 2015

 

 

 

Greens Maroubra Candidate and Creens Coogee Candidate: NSW Labor must commit to improving CBD to South East Light Rail and abandon supporting the Liberal’s WestConnex Motorway – 20th February 2015

A future NSW Labor Government will: “Complete the CBD and South East Light Rail Project” but will also continue the polluting WestConnex motorway.

Spot the difference between NSW Labor's WestConnex and that of the Coalition's

Spot the difference between NSW Labor’s WestConnex and that of the Coalition’s

The light rail commitment is included in Labor’s new infrastructure plan that was released yesterday by opposition leader Luke Foley.

Long time local light rail supporter Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson has declared the commitment to the CBD and South East Light Rail Project (CSELR) as “belated”.

The Greens have critically compared the Labor infrastructure plan to their own recently released version With Dr Faruqi, Greens MP and spokesperson for Transport describing the WestConnex as “wasteful”. She said:

The Greens 2020 Transport Infrastructure Plan redirects over $4.5 billion to be spent on wasteful projects such as WestConnex, towards integrated public transport solutions such as more light rail lines, buying back the Airport Link and a metropolitan Sydney cycleway network that will get people where they need to go.”

Councillor Matson states that his pending Randwick Council motion seeking to save Alison Road’s trees and its bike path should now receive bipartisan support next Tuesday night.

Councillor Matson’s motion seeks to persuade the State Government to move the approved Randwick arm of the CSELR away from Alison and Wansey Roads to a new alignment. This might possibly be a new path running up High Street from Anzac Parade.

Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey, the Greens candidate for Coogee, has renewed her calls for Labor to support her and Councillor Matson’s attempts to improve the light rail design.

She said today,

“The local Greens ask whether Labor’s commitment to continuing the CSELR includes supporting our Council initiatives to improve the approved light rail design? These include sparing High Cross Park by moving the contentious interchange and saving Alison Road’s trees and bike path by using High Street for the Randwick arm of the line.”

Greens candidate for Maroubra James Cruz states that:

“There is now surely no obstacle preventing Labor candidate Michael Daley promising to give the government share of the Kingsford Market site to Randwick Council to offset parking to be lost to the CSELR.”

Mr Cruz believes that Labor should have explored extending the CSELR light rail line further south to Maroubra Junction and Eastgardens. He says,

“Michael Daley and NSW Labor have today just committed to crippling public transport in NSW. They’ve committed themselves to Liberal-lite policies. With no promised further investment in Light Rail, Mr Daley has abandoned his electorate. Maroubra will be left with fewer buses and no light rail as Labor panders to the Inner West they’re so desperate to hold while still throwing billions away on WestConnex. What NSW wants are trains, light rail and buses – not private toll roads.”

Labor’s CSELR light rail commitment is found on page 19 of “A Better Way Labor’s fully funded infrastructure plan”.

The plan criticizes but does not commit to cancelling the Westconnex as the Greens want other than stating on page 21 that the party will not proceed with stage 3 of it.

CBD to South East Light Rail: Text of Randwick Greens Motion seeking to save Alison Road trees and bike path – 18th February 2015

UPDATE: Following feedback Councillor Matson is considering the following amendment to clause (3) of his motion. He welcomes any further feedback from the community.

“3) Forming the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group to report back to Council on the feasibility, requirements, cost, environmental impact and possible advantages of an alternative alignment of the Randwick arm of the CSELR away from the approved Alison and Wansey Road alignment – and to prepare a submission that will demonstrate to TfNSW that such an alternative is feasible;” (change in red)


The following motion will be put by Greens Councillor Murray Matson to the Randwick City Council meeting of the 24th February 2015.

Councillor Matson’s motion seeks to save trees and a bike path on Alison Road by re-routing the approved Randwick arm of the CSELR light rail line from Alison and Wansey Roads Randwick to High Street off Anzac Parade.

This should not be confused with a second ongoing Greens initiative by Councillor Lindsay Shurey to save High Cross Park by moving the planned Randwick bus and light rail interchange down southward into the top portion of High Street.


ATTENTION: Ray Brownlee (General Manager Randwick City Council), all Randwick Councillors
FROM: Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
DATE: 16th February 2015

SUBJECT: Motion Pursuant to Notice – “Proposed Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group as response to Alison Road light rail re-alignment.”

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BACKGROUND:

TfNSW was granted a modification to the approved CSELR light rail in December 2014 under CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure APPROVAL (SSI-6042).

It is disappointing that a realignment of the Alison Road section of the Randwick arm of the rail line will now occur. This will result in more tree losses and apparently impede if not block the Alison Road bike path. It is further frustrating that these issues could have been negotiated through while Council was still considering the now signed Development Agreement.

This result is proving very unpopular with concerned residents.

It is sometimes forgotten that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility Study of 2011 assessed the use of Alison Road but finally favored High Street for the Randwick arm of the rail line. This was not taken up by the Government.

TEXT OF MOTION:

That Council responds to the negative impact of the amending CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure Approval SSi-6042 of December 2014 by;

1) Noting that the realignment of the Alison Road section will result in additional tree losses along with the potential blocking of the Alison Road bike path;

2) Noting that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility study of 2011 favored the use of High Street for the Randwick arm of the line rather than the Government choice of Alison and Wansey Roads;

3) Forming the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group to report back to Council on the feasibility, requirements, cost, environmental impact and possible advantages of an alternative alignment of the Randwick arm of the CSELR away from the approved Alison and Wansey Road alignment;

4) The membership of the Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group shall consist of:
a)     one Labor Councillor;
b)     one independent Councillor;
c)     one Green Councillor; and
d)     one Liberal Councillor;

5)  Providing the Working Group with a budget of $100,000 to employ consultants to achieve this objective; and

6) Formerly advising both the Minister for Transport and the State Opposition spokesperson for Transport of the creation of the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group and request the opportunity for it to meet with both on the subject.

MOTION LODGED BY:
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GREENS COUNCILLOR MURRAY MATSON

CBD to South East Light Rail: Greens call for consideration of moving line from Alison and Wansey Roads to High Street – 16th Feb. 2015

Randwick Council’s Green Councillors are concerned that the amended course of the Alison Road section of the CSELR light line will result in more tree losses and block the Alison Road bike path.

TfNW was granted a modification to the approved CSELR light rail in December 2014 under CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure APPROVAL (SSI-6042). A length of the planned Alison Road alignment will now be switched from the South side to the North side of the road.

Cate Faehrmann James Macdonald Alison Road Bike path 17-8-2013

Archival image of Councillor Matson and Green candidates calling for the preservation of the Alison Road Bike Path during the last Federal election.

This change is not proving popular and has prompted the Greens to re-think the whole idea of using Alison Road at all. Any change would need the co-operation of the State Government to change the latest approval.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson is putting a motion to Council that it assess supporting a return to the 2011 Randwick Pre-Feasibility Study’s preferred option for the use of High Street rather than the Government’s latter choice of Alison and Wansey Roads.

Councillor Matson said,

“It is sometimes forgotten that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility Study of 2011 assessed the use of Alison Road but finally favored High Street for the Randwick arm of the rail line. This was not taken up by the Government.”

He know thinks that there should be a re-think of the High Street option given the extra impacts from the new amendments of last December.

“Maybe we should be putting the case to the Government that using the entire length of High Street rather than Alison and Wansey may result in fewer tree losses and would preserve the Alison Road bike path? We need a working group to investigate and find out.”

Councillor Matson says the re-alignment of Alison Road is causing resentment among residents and bike riders. He elaborated;

“It is disappointing that a realignment of the Alison Road section of the Randwick arm of the rail line will now occur. This will result in more tree losses and apparently impede if not block the Alison Road bike path. It is further frustrating that these issues could have been negotiated through while Council was still considering the now signed Development Agreement of last year rather than brought up afterwards. Under the previous approval the bike path would not have been affected as the rail line was planned for the south side of the Alison Road.”

CBD to South East Light Rail: Council puts alternate site for High Cross Park interchange to TfNSW as Greens say “Park can be saved from the interchange and Council should get the Kingsford Markets site!” – 6th February 2015

As the NSW State election gets serious Greens candidate for Coogee Councillor Lindsay Shurey has renewed her calls for the light rail interchange to be moved from High Cross Park.

A Randwick Council working group set up Councillor Shurey late last year has settled on an alternative site in nearby High Street that would also provide a direct stop outside POW Hospital. This alternative site was put to Transport for New South Wales today (Friday 6th Feb. 2015).

The alternative CSELR Light Rail interchange site that might save High Cross Park in Randwick

The alternative CSELR Light Rail interchange site that might save High Cross Park in Randwick

She stated this week that the fight is now to convince the Government to accept the rescue bid. She said;

“The High Street site ticks all the boxes needed for a rational reason why the Government should agree to community and Council demands that the Park be spared by moving the interchange.”
She listed the positives of the High Street site as being:

  • It satisfies our Randwick Council resolution that High Cross Park is non-negotiable;
  • No trees will have to be moved for it;
  • It does not require the forcible acquisition of any property, medical premises or businesses;
  • It will provide a direct stop outside POW;
  • It will be a cheaper design; and
  • It will provide enhanced customer satisfaction by being closer to the Randwick Junction business Centre.
Detailed - Alternative Feasibility Option for the Randwick Light Rail interchange

How Randwick Council believes the alternative CSLER Light Rail interchange could work.

Councillor Shurey’s setting up of the Council rescue attempt flows from the Greens “Fair Go For Kingsford, Fair Go For Randwick” campaign seeking design changes to ameliorate the impact of the CSELR light rail project in Randwick Junction and Kingsford.

James Cruz, the Greens candidate for Maroubra, went further to reiterate his parties’ call for the Government to sell the Council the old Kingsford Market site at a fair price.

The Council needs the site to claw back parking lost in the Kingsford Business Centre and around South Juniors to the light rail line.

Mr Cruz has challenged Michael Daley the ALP candidate for Maroubra to promise that the Market site will be given to the Council at “nil or reasonable cost” if Labor wins the State election.
The Greens fear that a future Coalition or Labor State Government might sell the site at auction to the highest private bidder. He stated,

“I call on Michael Daley to make a pre-election commitment that if Labor wins the State election the Government owned share of the Kingsford Market site will be provided to Randwick City Council at nil or reasonable cost. This promise should also be echoed by the Liberal Candidate for Maroubra.

I myself give a commitment as the Greens candidate that if elected I will do everything thing I can to see that South Juniors or the Kingsford Business Centre get back some of the parking lost to the CSELR light rail.”