Monthly Archives: May 2015

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson vows to not let Fit For The Future derail local Greens Light Rail amelioration efforts – 29th May 2015

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson says that he will be able to keep pushing for CSELR light rail design improvements should tomorrow morning’s rescission motion against the Council’s recent resolution on amalgamations fail.

The issues are related because the Government could sack Randwick’s Councillors if they chose not to put in an amalgamation proposal by voting for the rescission motion.

Councillor Matson said the day before the meeting,

Those Councillors pushing the rescission motion are risking our sackings when the community would want us to stay in place to have a say on infrastructure issues such as the CBD to South East Light Rail project.”

Serving Councillors are currently involved in negotiations with the Government over four contentious light rail issues.

These are:

  • Designing an alternative rail route contrary to the Government’s approved design for Alison Road which will remove significant numbers of trees from Centennial Park;
  • Saving High Cross Park by convincing the Government to adopt Council’s identified alternative site for the Randwick rail-bus interchange;
  • Obtaining access to the Government owned section of the old Kingsford Market site to ensure that parking is not lost for South Juniors and the Kingsford business centre.
  • Maintaining the Council budget to the Light Rail Support Plan which is intended to spend millions ameliorating a variety of negative impacts on business and the community.

Councillor Matson said,

“The community may well end up being in a global super Council with a town hall in the Sydney CBD if we don’t put in a submission and Randwick is sacked. What would the Mayor of Sydney know about the High Cross and Centennial Park issues or what we are trying to achieve for Souths and the Kingsford Business Centre?”

Letter to the Southern Courier on Randwick-Waverley-Botany Council mergers under Fit For The Future – 29th May 2015

Randwick City Greens Councilor Murray Matson

Randwick-Botany Greens member Councillor Murray Matson

The Editor
The Southern Courier

Dear Editor

Re: “Merge is on the verge of proceeding” (Daily Telegraph and Southern Courier 29-5-2015)

I am not the “head” of the local Randwick-Botany Greens. No such position exists in the constitution of the group and it runs on grass roots consensus decision making.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

CBD to South East Light Rail: Not too late to save our trees in High Cross Park and Centennial Park – 12th May 2015

The Editor
The Southern Courier

CSELR: Listen to Randwick Council and save our park trees

Liberal Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith should be counseling the Transport Minister to move decisively to use Council’s designs and good will to save the trees of both High Cross Park and those of Centennial Park.

It is not too late to rethink the highly unpopular northern light rail alignment along Alison Road.
High Street could be used (as Randwick Council favoured in 2011) or it could go back to the south side of Alison Road. Council has allocated $100,000 (on my Greens motion) for consultants to assess alternative alignments.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

CBD to South East Light Rail: SMH covers Randwick Council’s Greens initiated attempt to save High Cross Park and Centennial Park trees – 9th May 2015

Transport writer Jacob Saulwick for the Sydney Morning Herald has written an interesting article titled “Eastern suburbs light rail: Council struggles to save park and old trees

Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson have initiated both of Randwick Council’s current campaigns to save trees at both High Cross Park and Centennial Park.

Sualwick’s article displays the intense internal debate the Councillors have had (and are still having) over the best tactics to minimize the tree losses from the light rail.

The Greens pushed for tree reduction and park specific clauses to be inserted into the development agreement offered to the Council for signing by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW).