Green Councillor calls for confrontation between Randwick Council and State Government in run up to Council elections over Kingsford and Kensington spot rezonings – 19th May 2017

Randwick Council is in for another street signage battle despite the success of Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s “K2K” urban design competition for Anzac Parade between Kensington and Kingsford.

The winning entry formed the basis for the Council’s draft Kensington and Kingsford Planning Strategy against developers who are trying to circumvent its’ local density and height limits along the Anzac Parade corridor.

But the NSW Planning Minister looks unlikely to allow the Council to exhibit the draft strategy for community consultation after strong opposition from developer lobby group the Urban Taskforce.

Erecting signs against procrastination on Kensington and Kingsford height limits won’t be the first time Randwick Council has publicly confronted the NSW State Government on a planning issue. Randwick Green Councillors initiated a 2015 campaign against the loss of Centennial Park trees as part of CSELR light rail works.

Councillor Matson is urging the Council to respond with street signs highlighting the planning schism similar to those it erected against Centennial Park tree losses along the Alison Road branch of the CSELR light rail line. The Council resolved earlier this year that it would do so in response to a motion from Cr Matson.

Councillor Matson says that the Government’s procrastination amounts to a “de facto” government policy to undermine Council strategic planning authority in the two town centres. He said;

“The professional calibre of the K2K competition entrants gave Council high level credibility for our draft planning strategy that developers now can’t easily dismiss. But we need Government approval to put it up for public consultation prior to adoption.  The Government’s procrastination against exhibition suggests a de facto policy of support for the ripping apart of the Kensington and Kingsford skylines with random 25 storey towers.”

Councillor Matson accuses the Government of trying to bury the Council’s draft strategy rather than allow it to go on public exhibition in the run up to the now likely September Council.

He said,

“The State Government says that it wants strategic planning but the Planning Minister is effectively killing off Randwick Council’s contribution by not allowing it to be exhibited to the public. I suspect that the Liberal State Government wants to bury Council’s draft strategy in an attempt to stop spot rezoning’s becoming an election issue in September.”

Councillor Matson reiterated his call for support for the Council’s draft strategy from local MP’s. He said,

“It’s time for Labor MP’s Michael Daley and Ron Hoenig along with Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith to come out of hiding and publically back Randwick Council’s draft Kensington and Kingsford Planning Strategy against spot rezonings as the only way of blocking 25 storey towers in Kensington and Kingsford.”

CONTACT: Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson 0409-984-587 @murraymatson