A wrap up of what the Greens Councillors of Randwick City Council worked on from 2017 to 2018 – January 17th 2019

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Randwick Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey (1st left), Murray Matson (2nd right) and Philipa Veitch (1st right) seen here during the 2017 Council elections with James Cruz (2nd left) now the Greens 2019 NSW state election candidate for Heffron

It has been a huge eighteen months for the Greens on Randwick Council, with a strong vote recorded across the LGA in the Sept 2017 Local Government elections. Incumbents Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson were re-elected, with Philipa Veitch newly elected for the Greens in West Ward.  Lindsay Shurey was elected as Randwick Council’s second only female Mayor, stepping down in September 2018 to run as the Greens candidate for the seat of Coogee in the upcoming State election.

We have worked hard to progress important issues on the environment, social justice, and heritage in this last 18 months, campaigning hard on the Marriage Equality debate, winning support for victims of domestic violence, banning single use plastics on council and at council events, protecting precious heritage buildings from developers, and winning major amendments in our 20 Year Randwick City Plan to increase tree canopy, reduce waste, and move towards net-zero emissions by 2030.

In 2019 we will continue to work with our local community and the Randwick Botany Greens on a range of important issues, and welcome your ideas, input and support!

Statement from Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey – North Ward Randwick City Council and Mayor Sept 2017-Sept 2018

To me my greatest achievement as Mayor was the work I did in the domestic violence mitigation area. Here is a summary.

  • The setting aside of some of our affordable housing for domestic violence victims.
  • Having a domestic Violence leave Policy for Council Staff – the first in NSW and lauded by the unions.
  • Providing a place in Randwick for domestic violence counselling services.
  • Finding money for the completion of The Hub in Lexington Place.
  • Brokering a deal that sent Sydney Symphony into our poorest school, La Perouse Public School.
  • Providing Council Staff and Long Bay Gaol workers to assist our poorest schools.
  • Putting cycling and pedestrian safety at the top of Council’s agenda.
  • Winning the support of Council on the Same Sex Marriage vote debate.
  • Member of the following council committees: Australia Day; Greening Randwick (Deputy Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Environment; Coogee Bay Floodplain and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

Statement from Greens Councillor Murray Matson – East Ward Randwick CIty Council

I was active in the following Randwick City Council or Local Government NSW issues.

  • Extension of the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area to protect more of Coogee’s older dwellings.
  • Heritage studies into protecting the strip of Coogee dwellings from 39 Dudley Street to 152 Brook Street.
  • Urging the NSW Government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.
  • Calling on the NSW Government to ban plastic bags in NSW as soon as possible.
  • Supporting a review of State Environmental Planning Policy for affordable Rental Housing .
  • Recognising the need to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and oppose Adani.
  • Lobbying TfNSWfor to ensure safety on the shared Alison Road bike path.
  • Identifying the WestConnex’s St Peters interchange as likely to increase traffic in Alison Rd, Anzac Pde and Dacey Ave.
  • Lobbying Australian Councillors to support a national target of net zero equivalent CO2 emissions by 2030.
  • Reconstituting the Council’s Environment Committee to after its disbanding.
  • Seeking legal advice on challenging a new Dan Murphy’s liquor store in Brook Street Coogee..
  • Attempted to break the prohibitive monopoly that Ausgrid has in undergrounding of power lines.
  • Calling on the federal Government to suspend the rollout of small cell mobile phone facilities.
  • Achieving power bill relief for Randwick residents.
  • Working with the community and other Councillors to ameliorate storm water discharges at Coogee Beach.
  • Working to address issues that emerged during the public consultation for the proposed South Coogee to Kingsford separated bike path;
  • Member of the following council committees: Aboriginal Consultative (Chair); Community Affairs; Older Person’s Advisory; Power Bill Relief (Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Coogee Bay Floodplain and delegate to the Eastern Region LG Aboriginal and TSI Forum; Sydney Planning Panel and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

Statement from Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch – West Ward Randwick City Council

In 2018 I have worked hard to champion the rights of residents impacted by major infrastructure developments such as the CSELR Light Rail, the POW Hospital re-development and the Sydney Football stadium. My work in 2018 has included:

  • Fighting for assistance for residents affected by the POW Hospital redevelopment.
  • Making a submission to the Banking Royal Commission regarding changes to Banks’ lending policies on company title.
  • Advocating for residents affected by domestic and family violence, and winning a $300,000 support plan for a local domestic violence support service.
  • Fighting to protect our National Parks and our critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
  • Calling for a report to achieve targets in relation to greenhouse gas emissions (net zero emissions by 2030), energy and water sustainability and tree canopy coverage.
  • Making a referral to the Minister and Secretary for Planning, the EPA and the NSW Ombudsman regarding CSELR breaches of consent conditions.
  • Committing council to a Weed Management Review and increasing Food Waste Collection.
  • Supporting residential renters in the Randwick LGA.
  • Re-convened council’s Cultural Advisory Committee (Chair) to progress arts and culture in the Randwick LGA.
  • Member of the following council committees: Randwick City Night Time Economy; Environment (Deputy Chair); Community Affairs (Deputy Chair); Greening Randwick (Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Green Square and West Kensington Floodplain; Kensington and Centennial Park Floodplain; Digital Strategy; Randwick Health and Education Precinct Steering Committee; and delegate to the NSW Public Library Association.

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