Monthly Archives: March 2015

CBD to South East Light Rail: Returned Liberal MP called upon by Green Councillor to demonstrate how he will honour pre-election promise to support Council rescue bid for High Cross Park – 30th March 2015

Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith has been called upon to tell Councillors how he will honour his “unequivocal” pre-election commitment to support Randwick Council’s High Cross Park rescue bid.

Before polling day the Council wrote to all Coogee candidates requesting support for its plan to persuade TfNSW to move the contentious light rail interchange from the park to nearby High Street. Notley-Smith, along with Greens candidate Councillor Lindsay Shurey, gave unequivocal support while Labor candidate Paul Pearce did not.

The three candidate’s positions were distributed widely within the seat of Coogee by email and twitter. Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that Notley-Smith’s slender lead in Coogee would have been bolstered by his positive response and the Labor candidate’s negative response to the Council request.

He said,

“I congratulate Bruce in what at the moment seems to be his successful retainment of Coogee. But he now needs to start showing what he is going to do to support his local Council to in our bid to save High Cross Park from the light rail interchange as residents clearly want him to do.”

The Council rescue bid was initiated via a motion put by Councillor Shurey.

CBD to South East Light Rail: Coogee Greens candidate Lindsay Shurey and Liberal candidate Bruce Notley-Smith unequivocally back Randwick Council rescue plan to move interchange out of High Cross Park but Labor candidate Paul Pearce won’t commit before polling day – 24th March 2015

All thee NSW state 2015 election candidates for Coogee now have responded to Randwick Council’s call for “unequivocal” support for its campaign to move the light rail interchange from High Cross Park to nearby High Street.

But Labor candidate Paul Pearce has stopped short of backing the Council to the disappointment of Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

Greens candidate Lindsay Shurey has noted that she was the Randwick Councillor who originally initiated the Council plan but wrote:

However I do give my unequivocal support to Council’s suggest plan.

Liberal candidate Bruce Notley-Smith wrote:

In response to your query, I can advise that Randwick Council have my unequivocal support in its efforts to find a feasible alternative site for the South East Light Rail interchange.

Labor candidate Paul Pearce stopped short of giving unequivocal support as requested by the Council motion of last week.

He wrote that he would only support the Council plan “unequivocally” if an “expert assessment” of it if it “satisfactorily addresses the range of concerns I have raised on numerous occasions regarding this project”.

This is not good enough for Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson who voiced his disappointment and states that high quality consultants have helped design the plan. He pointed out that the Labor party is now committed to finishing the actual light rail project which threatens the park. He elaborated,

Luke Foley has committed Labor to finishing to CSELR light rail project. But how are voters to know that this will not mean the degrading of High Cross Park if the local Labor candidate won’t guarantee before polling day that he will support the Council’s rescue plan if elected to parliament?

Councillor Matson stated that,

In the absence of unequivocal support for the Council from Paul Pearce is now fair to assume that Labor does not have a rescue plan and possibly no intention of saving High Cross Park if it forms government after polling day.”

Councillor Matson has resumed calls for a twitter and social media campaign to force Paul Pearce to “…unequivocally back the Council’s fully scoped out and designed rescue plan for High Cross Park before polling day”.

He calls for the following tweet to be retweeted before polling day.

Can a tweeter campaign change Labor Candidate Paul Pearce's position of Saving High Cross park before polling day?

Randwick Councillor wants a social media campaign to force intransigent Labor candidate to back Randwick Council rescue bid to save High Cross Park from a light rail interchange.

Read the full text of the candidates responses here.

CSELR Light Rail: Call for a twitter campaign to force Coogee Labor candidate Paul Pearce to support Council Rescue bid for High Cross Park – 20th March 2015

Can a twitter campaign change Labor Candidate Paul Pearce’s position on Saving High Cross park before polling day?

A Randwick Councillor is calling for a twitter campaign to force “fence sitting” Labor candidate for Coogee Paul Pearce to back Randwick City Council’s determined efforts to negotiate moving the planned High Cross Park light rail interchange down into High Street next to POW hospital.

Pearce says he is for supporting the park but has consistently refused to support the rescue bid by Randwick Council initiated by Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey.

On Friday morning Greens Councillor Murray Matson issued the following tweet and called for “all those who love High Cross Park to retweet it” before polling day Saturday 28th March.

Can a tweeter campaign change Labor Candidate Paul Pearce's position on Saving High Cross park before polling day?

Local Councillor wants a social media campaign to force intransigent Labor candidate to back Randwick Council rescue bid to save High Cross Park from a light rail interchange.

Council Amalgamations Fit for the Future program: “Fit for the dustbin” – Greens unite against Liberal’s local government amalgamation plans – 16th March 2015

Greens councillors from Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick Council joined with State Greens Candidates for Vaucluse and Coogee and State MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge today to unite in support of local democracy.

Meeting at the point where Woollahra, Waverly and Randwick councils intersect (Centennial Park cnr of Oxford St and York Road), local and State representatives are uniting in opposition to the Liberal party’s forced amalgamation by stealth agenda that they have branded “Fit for the dustbin”.

Present were State Greens MP David Shoebridge, Greens Vaucluse Candidate Megan McEwin, Greens Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey and Greens councillors Murray Matson, Dominik Wykanak and Matthew Robertson.

Greens MP, and former Woollahra Deputy Mayor, David Shoebridge said:

“The Liberal party is being untruthful when it says its ‘Fit for the Future’ agenda is not about forced amalgamations, the essential pre-requisite the government has set for so-called fitness is having a minimum 250,000 residents.

“There is not a single council in eastern Sydney that comes any where near that number. A council with 250,000 residents has lost its local flavour and will become just another anonymous layer of bureaucracy.

“If council’s don’t amalgamate the Liberal party plans to punish them financially by capping their rates revenue and refusing them financial assistance.

“When Liberal Minister for Local Government Paul Toole says he wants local council’s ‘Fit for Future’ what he really means is he wants super councils that align with business agendas and lose all connection to local neighbourhoods and communities,” Mr Shoebridge said.

Greens Candidate for Coogee and Randwick Councillor Lindsay Shurey said:

“Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra councils are all financially robust and each have the strong support of their residents to stand alone. However the government isn’t listening.

“The ‘Fit for the Future’ agenda requires State government legislation to be implemented, this is why the upcoming State election is so important to the future of local government.

“The Greens are committed to using every vote in Parliament to stand up for local democracy and against forced amalgamations,” Ms Shurey said.

Greens Candidate for Vaucluse Megan McEwin said:

“When I speak with local residents none of them are telling me they want Woollahra Council to be swallowed up by Waverley and Randwick, but this is precisely the Liberal party’s plan.

“Every local Liberal MP has said they oppose forced amalgamations, but they then turn around and say they support the Fit for the Future program. It seems like they haven’t read it.

“I am committed to grassroots democracy and community control over local matters, this is why as a Greens candidate I am passionate about keeping local government local,” Ms McEwin said.

CBD to South East Light Rail & Coogee Candidate: Here’s a fiduciary mystery – March 13 2015

March 13 2015

The Editor
The Southern Courier

Here’s a fiduciary mystery. Luke Foley will finish the CSELR light rail line. But Coogee Labor candidate Paul Pearce won’t help Randwick Council move the interchange to High Street.

Why doesn’t Pearce understand that the CSELR is now Labor’s light rail plan and that he must now save High Cross Park from its impact?

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Coogee Candidate and CBD To South East Light Rail: Paul Pearce fronts up to Greens urgency motion debate but won’t support Randwick Council’s rescue bid for High Cross Park – Wednesday 11th March 2015

Randwick Council does not yet have “unequivocal” support from all Coogee candidates for its efforts to move the contentious CSELR light rail interchange from High Cross Park to nearby High Street.

Paul Pearce, Labor candidate for Coogee, earned praise for fronting up to last night’s Planning Committee meeting but would not commit his support to the rescue attempt.

The Council responded by resolving to formerly request all identified Coogee state election candidates to declare within seven days their unequivocal support for the High Street move.
Greens Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey who originally set up the Council’s rescue attempt has already stated her support.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who moved last night’s urgency motion commented this morning on the evolving situation claiming that Mr Pearce now has a “fiduciary” duty to help the Council. He said,

“State opposition leader Luke Foley has recently committed Labor to continuing the CSELR light rail project. This means that local Labor candidate Paul Pearce now has a fiduciary duty to support Council’s attempt to save High Cross Park by moving the approved interchange to High Street. Not to do so will mean he and Luke Foley will share responsibility with the Coalition for destroying High Cross Park.”

In his address to Councillors last night Mr Pearce stressed that he wanted to protect High Cross Park but would not commit to throwing his weight behind the Council’s identification of High Street as the only possible alternative site.

Councillor Matson is asking why the Labor candidate for Coogee does not yet himself have an identified rescue plan for High Cross Park.

Greens Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey has lead Randwick Council's efforts to save High Cross Park from a planned light rail interchange.

Greens Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey has lead Randwick Council’s efforts to save High Cross Park from a planned light rail interchange.

Councillor Matson said,

“It is clear that Labor candidate Paul Pearce does not actually have any plan for how he and Labor will save High Cross Park now that Luke Foley has committed to building the CSELR.

On the other hand the Council does have a detailed rescue plan that it has spent months fashioning with paid consultants and consultation with key stakeholders like POW, the medical practices and TfNSW.”

Councillor Matson says that the best way for the Labor candidate for Coogee to save High Cross Park would be to throw his “unequivocal” support behind the Council’s rescue bid. He pointed out that, under the terms of the Development Agreement it negotiated with Council, TfNSW was obliged to consider the Council’s plans but not necessarily any future proposal from Mr Pearce.

He elaborated,

“Randwick Council staff have done immensely good work in scoping out a detailed plan that TfNSW is obliged to respond to under the terms of the Development Agreement signed with Council. The terms of the Development Agreement are the best cards that the Council has and Paul Pearce should be helping Council to play them.”

Councillor Matson claims that Mr Pearce is “…undermining the Council’s focused effort to save the Park at a crucial stage in the negotiations with TfNSW”. He said further,

“Randwick Council is now co-chairing three specific working groups that TfNSW has set up to look at different aspects of the Council proposition. Council does not need Paul Pearce to be talking about going back to the drawing board and looking for a different solution after polling day.

Council needs Paul Pearce to validate this tremendous effort being performed by his local Council on behalf of the lovers of High Cross Park and to state his full unequivocal support for it.”

CBD to South East Light Rail: Greens candidate for Coogee calls for High Cross Park interchange move to High Street ahead of today’s sit in at High Cross Park – 28th February 2015

The Greens are supporting today’s ‘sit in’ at High Cross Park by repeating their call on both the State Government and Opposition to accept Randwick Council’s proposal to move the light rail interchange down into High Street.

Greens candidate for Coogee Lindsay Shurey lodged the successful Council motion that set up the working group of Councillors, staff and consultants to establish the feasibility of moving the facility.

She today before the sit in commenced,

The Council working group set up by my motion has put together a detailed proposal for a new interchange location in High Street that would save High Cross Park, provide a stop outside POW and would be cheaper to build.

I call on the State Minister for Transport and the Opposition Transport Spokesperson to give pre-election promises that if in Government they will move the interchange to High Street as proposed by Randwick Council.”