Monthly Archives: January 2017

Appalling attitude displayed by would-be spear fishers at Randwick Council’s Malabar rock pool 23rd January 2017

Green Councillor Murray Matson alerts Randwick Council General Manager after local residents intervene to stop spear fishing in Council rook pool

Ray Brownlee
General Manager
Randwick City Council

Maroubra spear fishing in pool complaint 23-1-2017

Residents intervene to deter would-be spear fishers from Randwick Council’s Malabar rock pool.

Dear Ray

Please note below reports of an appalling attitude displayed by would be spear fishers at Council’s Malabar rock pool.

Local residents had to intervene to dissuade a group of spear fishers who were bent on killing fish present in the pool.

Can you please bring forward a Council report on the matter with options such as signage to make it clear that this is just not on.

A suitable media statement and a warning on the Council web site would be appropriate. I also attach Council’s rangers timely response.

The original facebook posting can be found here.

Thank you.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson @murraymatson
CC Mayor Noel D’Souza

Mike Baird NSW Premier: Greens Councillor Murray Matson says farewell to the NSW wonder boy – 19th January 2017

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed below on the NSW Premiership of Mike Baird are purely the personal opinion of Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson and should not be interpreted as an official Greens NSW party statement. They should be seen as coming from a local Randwick perspective.

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In 2016 Greens Councillor Murray Matson successfully moved Randwick Council to call on the NSW Government to amend the CSELR light Rail route to save trees but the local race course proved to be a bigger stake holder to listen to for Premier Mike Baird.

I believe that Mike Baird re-set a personal standard in administrative integrity as Premier coming in as he did after the Eddi Obied horror of the previous Labor Government and Barry O’farrel’s grange affair. He should get a tick for that.

From an ecological perspective his biggest contribution was the NSW container deposit legislation and I am surprised that he did not get more credit for it. I hope his political colleagues don’t now proceed to diminish his legacy by messing up the implantation of it with a pro-packaging industry model. And we need the next NSW Premier to support a national agreement.

Baird’s biggest mistake was arousing the ire of ecological liberal voters over  the tree losses from the CSELR light rail, Westconnex and his awful  replacement biodiversity legislation. Returning light rail to the eastern suburbs was a great piece of needed infrastructure and he will be remembered for it. But he unnecessarily alienated both the community and we Randwick Councillors over the tree losses.

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

Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey successfully led Randwick Council’s efforts to save High Cross Park trees from a planned  CSELR light rail interchange.

Randwick Council should have always been the Government’s key stake holder to listen to and not the racecourse over the CSELR’s impact on the eastern suburb’s ecology.

Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey did successfully persuade Baird to save the trees of High Cross Park with the support of Liberal Mayor Scott Nash, but I was unsuccessful in saving the Alison Road trees.

The Westconnex motorway is as much a Labor party fiasco as it is a Liberal one but surely Baird could have stepped in and stopped it?

Along with chain sawed trees in other Council areas the Westconnex’  St Peter’s interchange will channel congestion into our suburbs of Kensington and Kingsford.

From a social justice view my party the Greens totally opposed his cut backs to women’s shelters and TAFE as articulated by Newtown Greens MP Jenny Leong and former Greens Maroubra candidate James Cruz. Baird could also have done more to emulate Coogee MP’s Bruce-Notley Smith’s supportive position on the Safe School’s Program. Bruce should now be called upon to re-open the debate with the next Premier.

From a purely local perspective I wonder what his going will have on Randwick Council’s Kingsford and Town Centres strategic review strategy to stop 25 story spot rezonings puncturing the Anzac Parade skyline? Both Labor and Liberal state government’s have stripped planning authority from local Council’s leaving Councillors dependent on establishing a positive working relationship with whoever is the Planning Minister. Randwick spent $300,000 on the K2K competition (my idea) to come up with the best rezoning strategy to combat spot rezonings. I hope that the new Premier recognises Council’s genuine efforts to establish a dialogue.

And then we have the question of what will happen with the eastern suburbs Council mergers now that Baird is gone? Will they proceed? And if they do, will the present Randwick Councillors be supported in setting the new administrative centre up in Kingsford against Sally Betts’ ambition to move it to Bondi Junction? Ms Betts appears to have incredible clout over local Liberal MP’s Bruce Notley-Smith and Malcom Turnball. Our Randwick residents need a Premier who won’t play favourites.

CONTACT: Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson @murraymatson

Kingsford to Kensington (K2K) town centre review: Councillor implores Loracn Byrne to meet with him and General Manager – 17th January 2017

17th January 2017

Letter to Editor
Southern Courier

Loracn Byrne’s  (Courier 17th Jan 2017) mistaken belief that Council is proposing 9 storey buildings on “most of Doncaster Avenue and all around Kensington Park” reflects the honest conviction of many Kensington and Kingsford residents.

Loracn Byrne mistakenly believes high rise development for Doncaster Avenue and Kensington Park surronds.

Loracn Byrne mistakenly believes high rise development proposed for Doncaster Avenue and Kensington Park surrounds. (Southern Courier page 26 17-1-2017)

But why? The fact sheet ( actually suggests no height changes in these areas. I read it as proposing changes confined to a narrow strip “along the 2.5km Anzac Parade corridor”.  But clearly the wording somehow allows for a misunderstanding that needs clarification!

Loracn seems to believe that the winning K2K design has been uncritically incorporated by Council into the formal rezoning proposal. In fact  K2K’s suggested height changes outside the Anzac Parade strip have not been taken up by Council.

I implore Loracn to contact me (0409-984-587 @murraymatson) so that I can call on the Council’s General Manager to meet with us both and thrash out what Council actually proposes.

I am happy for the Southern Courier and a single representative from the Kensington West Kingsford West precinct committee to also accompany us.

I look forward to Loracn Byrne taking up my invitation.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Congestion will come to Kingsford and Kensington from Westconnex’s St Peters interchange say Randwick Botany Greens -14th January 2017

Greens member for Newtown Jenny Leong said the WestConnex motorway would destroy neighbourhoods, creating more congestion and pollution.” (quoted SMH 11th January 2016)

Jenny Leong St Peters interchange 14-1-2017

Greens MP Jenny Leong protests Westconnex motorway works at Sydney Park site for planned St Peters Interchange. January 2017

Randwick Councillor Murray Matson reiterated Randwick-Botany Greens concerns that the St Peters interchange will funnel more car congestion from the Westconnex into his Council’s suburbs of Kingsford and Kensington.

Councillor Matson said he applauded Jenny Leongs’ protest at the interchange site. He commented:

“It is of great concern to me that the construction of the Westconnex motorway has proceeded with very little debate on how many extra cars will be trying to exit from it into Kingsford and Kensington from the interchange . Cars just don’t vanish from congestion calculations when they leave a motorway.”

Related articles:

Key Randwick Labor Councillors block Greens urgency motion for a joint Council legal action against WestConnex – 12th July 2016

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

Randwick Council motion by Greens Councillor Murray Matson 24th May 2016: “Increased Impacts on Kensington and Kingsford Residents from the Planned StPeters M5 Motorway Interchange.”