Monthly Archives: June 2016

Feedback from the Kingsford Smith meet the candidate forums shows Labor candidate does not understand passenger capacity of CBD to South East Light Rail – 10th June 2016

10th June 2016

The Editor
The Southern Courier

I heard Labor’s Matt Thistlethwaite indicate at this week’s meet the candidate forum in the Sands Hotel that he too has swallowed the luddite argument that a combined light rail and bus system will somehow carry less passengers than our current bus only system.

Sydney Morning Herald correction - some time after 18th June 2016

In June the Sydney Morning Herald was forced to retract assertions that the CBD to South East Light would reduce public transport capacity.

Recently the SMH had to publish a grovelling retraction after impetuously printing that the CSELR light rail project will have less capacity than the buses it replaces. Maybe someone asked their editors why they thought that Sydney was going to have the world first experience of rail based transport underperforming rubber wheel based transport.

As a Green I salute Mr Thisthlethwaite’s anger at the loss of the trees but that’s no justification for turning accepted public transport theory on its head.

I urge Mr Thistlethwaite to instead focus on finding federal based ways of stopping the WestConnex motorway that will choke Kensington and Kingsford with cars and the Coalitions so-called “biodiversity” bill that will allow the ripping up of remnant bushland across Sydney and rural NSW.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson

WestConnex impact on Kingsford Smith electorate: Will increased traffic from the St Peters Interchange be the new “ramps” threat to Kensington and Kingsford? – 8th June 2016

The federal election issue for Kingsford and Kensington voters should be the extra cars that will exit into the eastern suburbs via Gardeners Road and Lenthall Street (via Epsom Road) when the St Peters interchange is built as part of the WestConnex motorway.

Greens candidate James Macdonald

James Macdonald 2016 Greens candidate for Kingsford Smith

Greens candidate for Kingsford Smith James Macdonald warns that:

The Labor and Liberal supported WestConnex motorway will double the capacity of the existing M5 East but no one really knows what the impact will be from the extra vehicles that will be dumped into Kingsford and Kensington.

The Greens candidate wants a Federal Government rejection of the State Government idea. He says,

“I call on all Federal candidates for Kingsford Smith to save Kingsford and Kensington from rat running drivers exiting the WestConnex and to resist federal funding and approval for it.”

The St Peters Interchange

The St Peters Interchange to be built as part of the WestConnex may channel excessive cars into the eastern Sydney suburbs of Randwick, Kensington and Kingsford via Gardeners and Epsom Roads. Image South Sydney Herald.

Local Green Councillors have already successfully moved that Randwick Council call on local Federal MPs to press for holding off final funding and approval for the NSW State government-initiated project until there has been traffic modelling. Under Federal law, if proposals are likely to have a significant impact on matters of National Environmental Significance, approval needs to be also sought under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (source Wendy Bacon).

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson points to past community resistance to the idea of extra traffic in the Randwick local council area.

In 2005 The Kensington and Kingsford communities successfully united to oppose the previous state Labor Government’s proposal to build ramps on and off South Dowling street because it was clear that there would be more rat running through their local streets. Without accurate traffic modelling who can say that the WestConnex will not have even worse impacts?

The Greens have gone further and pushed the Council to explore a legally challenge on the grounds that there will be a breach of the Project’s consent condition that traffic must not “adversely” impact on the road networks of Kensington, Kingsford and Randwick


Local Liberals must accept their party’s lack of action on climate change is exacerbating the damage done to Coogee Beach’s infrastructure by freak storm events – 6th June 2016

Media Statement

Local Randwick Council Liberals must repudiate their Federal colleague’s lack of climate change action

I reply to the media release by Randwick Liberal Councillor Brendan Roberts concerning the damage done by the weekend’s storm at Coogee Beach.

The Liberal Party has to accept that since 1993 global sea levels have risen by about 3.4 mm per year and that it is a result of human climate change actions. This must be exacerbating the damage by storms such as the impact of the one that damaged the Coogee Surf Life Saving Club over the weekend.

I call upon Cr Roberts and the local Liberal MP’s and candidates to repudiate the current attitude of denial clung to by the leaders of their party.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson.