Monthly Archives: July 2015

Randwick Council ponders how to protect both heritage Chinese Market Garden site and neighbouring Aboriginal heritage sites at Bumborah Point – 30th July 2015

Randwick City Council has resolved not to offer an area containing Aboriginal heritage items in a land swap proposed by Botany Cemetery to better protect the adjacent Laperouse Chinese Market Gardens.

A massive erosion risk now faces the historic and still functioning Chinese Market Gardens in Laperouse.

A massive erosion risk now faces the historic and still functioning Chinese Market Gardens in Laperouse. The high pampas grass in the right of the image marks the uncultivated lot that is proposed to be swapped for the Bumborah Point land that lies out of image to the right.

A majority of Councillors  removed a reference to the Bumborah Point land from the proposed deal with the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust.

The swap would have seen the Bumborah Point site and some unused Council roads swapped for a presently uncultivated farm lot on the market site presently controlled by the Trust.


The Bumborah Point land contains Aboriginal shelters, middens and rock carvings listed on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Aboriginal Heritage Inventory Management System registry.

Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson voted with a majority of Councillor to remove the reference to Bumborah Point.

A rescission motion has since been lodged against this resolution by Liberal Councillors Nash, Roberts and Stavrinos along with independent Councillor Anthony Andrews. This means that the matter will have to be debated again at the next Randwick Council meeting.

Councillor Matson also requested that clauses be added into the final resolution to respond to an erosion threat now posed to the market gardens from the removal of vegetation from adjacent Hill 60 by Sydney Water.



  1. Council commence discussions with all stakeholders including Crown Land, OEH, LALC, utility agencies, service providers and SMCT to identify all issues affecting the proposed Botany Cemetery expansion into Military Road and the unformed Crown Road and the feasibility of addressing these issues;
  2.  Council commences consultations with Crown Lands Department on the future operation and ownership of the Chinese Market Gardens site and the proposed transfer of the unformed Crown road on the southern side of Botany Cemetery to form part of the Cemetery; and
  3.  the findings on the discussions/consultations with the stakeholders and agencies be reported to Council for Council to consider its in-principle support for the Botany Cemetery expansion proposal as detailed in the SMCT Briefing Document.
  4. (that Council initiate, as a matter of urgency, discussions with the relevant State authority with the intent of stabilizing the de-vegetated northern slope of Hill 60 to better protect the historical and agricultural value of the Chinese market gardens
  5. Mr Fred Haskins be invited to make a submission to Council on the feasibility and advantages of using mechanical de-weeding techniques on the Chinese Market Gardens site rather than herbicide based techniques; and
  6. Council arrange a forum between the Councillors and the Farmers’ Association on the issue of the Chinese Market gardens.


Councillor Lindsay Shurey prompts black algae reduction action with Randwick Council emphasising that its illegal to take sea urchins from Clovelly Bay in Eastern Sydney – 26th July 2015

Signs erected as a result of Randwick Green Councillor’s Lindsay Shurey’s motion of 2014 are intended to remind snorklers not to remove sea urchins from Clovelly Bay.

Randwick City Council sea urchin sign in Clovelly Bay.

Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey hopes that the spread of black algae in Clovelly Bay will be curtailed by stopping the illegal taking of sea urchins.

The Council action was part of a package of measures and was prompted by community concerns that the denudation of sea urchins may be promoting the spread of black algae in the bay.

Councillor Shurey’s motion was seconded by fellow Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

New South Wales Liberals hit back at Solar Activists by Announcing Coal Promotion Event – 23rd July 2015

The success of last weekend’s Solar Shindig has prompted NSW Liberal MP’s to organise a “Festival of Coal” as a PR counter move to support the besieged but politically powerful coal industry.

According to Liberal MP Dr Peter Phelps is the main organiser and thinks that a festival “would be a nice way of trolling the eco-lunatics and their fellow-travellers”.

NSW farmers react to Shenhua Watermark coal mine proposal.

Anti coal mining NSW farmers might find it offensive to be described by state Liberal MP Liberal MP Dr Peter Phelps as “fellow-travellers of eco-lunatics”.

Here is an image of some of your typical NSW fellow-travellers of eco-lunatics complete with their crazy farm equipment. Note the confronting short hair cuts and insolent hands-in-pockets and hands-behind-backs poses.

A Returned Tony Abbott Government Will Unleash the Dogs of War on Solar and Wind Energy – 16th July 2015

UPDATE: A Solar Shindig week of action kicks off this Sunday 19th July timed to coincide with the lead up to the Australian Labor Party’s National Conference.

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Attend the Solar Shindig in Camperdown this Sunday.

Attend and send a message to the wavering Labor Party that Australians support a sun-powered future based on sensible debate over policy.

WHERE: Grayndler Shindig, Camperdown Memorial Rest Park,  1pm – 4pm, Sunday July 19, Sydney. Bound by Australia St, Lennox St,Church St and Federation Road Newtown.

The Editor,
The Southern Courier

Dear Editor

How can a Prime Minister of Australia (of all countries) order our Clean Energy Finance Corporation to stop funding wind power and small-scale solar projects, including household panels?

If there are two potential fuel sources that we have beside dried kangaroo and sheep poo it must be wind and sun.

Tony Abbott’s propping up of the coal industry by hobbling the alternative energy sector has the latter in despair.

Australian Solar Council chief executive John Grimes said on Tuesday that:

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No New Coal Mines – The Greens

“A returned Abbott government, particularly one with a majority in the Senate, would spell the end of our industry.”

So this is not just about mad Liberals rubbing in our humiliating international position on carbon pricing.

No this is about a crusading old-energy politician taking aim at the mums and dads and couples next door who want to be part of the boom in rooftop solar panels. This is about exposing such ordinary householders to energy price hikes from dirty energy providers.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson


Randwick Green Councillors’ position justified on controversial Anzac Parade Walkway – 10th July 2015

Randwick Councillors won’t be surprised by media reports that the controversial Albert “Tibby” Cotter Walkway over Anzac Parade is to come under the scrutiny of the state’s auditor-general.

In May last year Green Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson successfully moved that Randwick Council: “Express its opposition to the Government’s proposed shared pedestrian bike bridge over Anzac Parade”.

At the time the Greens thought that a better idea would be to integrate a pedestrian and bike tunnel into the then planed light rail tunnel under Anzac Parade rather than a bridge over it.

In 2014 Randwick North Ward Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey called for the then planned Anzac Parade walkway to be dropped in favour of integration in the designed light rail tunnel.

Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey

Councillor Shurey said back in 2014,

“The Greens support a pedestrian and bike tunnel alongside the section of the light rail tunnel that will cross Anzac Parade but not this puzzling elevated bridge idea.”

“The Kirby Inquiry”: Public Transport activist Gavin Gatenby revists the Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry – 7th July 2015

Here is the history of Sydney’s postwar flirtation with motorways that could have seen cars funneled into the CBD. Fortunately the Honourable David Kirby came along.

Check out the video of the interview Unfinished Business – The Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney.

Unfinished Business – The Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney An interview with the Honourable David Kirby, QC, BA, LLB.

Unfinished Business –  The Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry and the future of Sydney. An interview with the Honourable David Kirby, QC, BA, LLB.

Interviewer Gavin Gatenby says,

“The Kyeemagh-Chullora Road Inquiry (1978-81), also known as the Kirby Inquiry, was probably the most thorough planning inquiry ever held in New South Wales. David Kirby was a 35 year-old junior barrister when he was appointed by Premier Neville Wran to inquire into the Department of Main Roads’ proposal for a south-western radial freeway.

Then, as now, freeways were highly controversial.

Four years before Kirby’s appointment the Willis Liberal Government had met bitter public opposition to its plans for an ambitious set of freeways designed to funnel traffic into Sydney’s CBD. Thwarted in its inner city freeway plans, the DMR switched its focus to its thirty-year-old plan for a SW freeway.

The Kirby Inquiry’s report was a model of its kind. It recommended against the DMR’s preferred option for an 8-lane surface freeway through the Wolli Creek Valley (and another up the Cooks River Valley) on economic, social and environmental grounds.

The Report also recommended a scheme for the railing of a high proportion of containers to and from the newly-established Port Botany.

The Report was well-received by the Wran Government but was shelved after opposition from within the Department of Transport and from the road freight industry. It nevertheless acted as a bulwark against the DMR’s plan for the Los Angelisation of Sydney.