Open letter to Randwick City Councillors on my voting intentions in the 2015 Mayoral Election
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
Hello my fellow Randwick City Councillors.
I wish to inform you that I will be voting for my Greens colleague Councillor Lindsay Shurey in our Mayoral election on Tuesday night.
If she is unsuccessful and falls out then I will vote next for a Labor candidate in this final year of the Council term as per the local Randwick-Botany Greens resolution of 2012.
My choice of Labor candidate will be Noel D’Souza who I feel has shown leadership on the light rail and Fit For The Future issues. I applaud the position Noel has articulated on the need to protect our work force in any merger.
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
The saving of Randwick’s High Cross Park is a story of an organised community campaign and its local Council putting money and resources into working positively with the State Government to scope out an alternative light rail interchange site.
Randwick Green Councillors (holding poster) Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson attending a community organised rally in High Cross Park.
It has little to do with the input of State MP’s.
The heroes of this weeks’ announced change to the CBD to South East Light Rail design that will see the interchange moved to nearby High Street are;
- Community activist Ms Rickie-Lee McLaurin-Smith who tirelessly organised events around the Park;
- Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey who lodged the key Council motion that it fund a search for an another interchange site;
- former Liberal Mayor Scott Nash who worked Shurey’s motion into the draft development agreement to be signed with the Government; and
- Council staff who threw themselves into making the alternative proposal workable.
Posted by Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson.
Randwick Green Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson have reacted favourably to this morning’s announcement that the State Government will move the contentious light rail interchange out of High Cross Park at Randwick Junction.
Councillor Shurey was instrumental in responding to community calls for action to save the park with her “Fair Go For Randwick” motion of last year that committed the Council to scoping out an alternative site for the facility.
Greens Coogee candidate Lindsay Shurey has led Randwick Council’s efforts to save High Cross Park from a planned light rail interchange.
The Council project subsequently became a clash point between the Greens and Labor when Shurey then ran for the seat of Coogee. At the time Councillor Matson heavily criticised the Labor candidate for not unambiguously supporting the Council’s “rescue bid”.
Councillor Matson said this morning that he had discussed the good news with Councillor Shurey. He said,
“Councillor Shurey says this is a big win for the community activists who rallied to save High Cross Park. She told me she is also grateful to her fellow Councillors for supporting her motion to fund a Council search for an alternative interchange site.”
The Southern Courier
Are we ignoring a social inequity in favour of urban beautification when we call for the removal of abandoned shopping trolleys from our streets?
I believe that most residents wouldn’t wheel groceries home in a commandeered trolley if they had an alternative. I suspect many can’t afford cars or taxies and find that buses are not feasible.
We need to ensure that all fellow residents can reasonably participate if we as a society have moved away from the corner shop to the centralizied distribution of food.
Local Councillors should not be coming down heavy on the socially disadvantaged in favour of big business by calling for the locking off of trolley movements.
Instead we local decision makers should be obliging major grocery chains to offer comprehensive and affordable home delivery services for all customers who need them.
If we aren’t willing to do that then we should not impede choiceless residents fighting back in the only way they can.
Greens Councillor Murray Matson