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Nov 14

Greens candidate for Coogee calls for election commitment by Government on Randwick Council efforts to move community rejected Light Rail interchange out of High Cross Park – 14th November 2014

“Prince of Wales hospital needs a light rail stop outside it and High Cross Park should not be used for the Government’s bus-rail interchange!” urged Lindsay Shurey the Greens candidate for Coogee this week.

She is using her candidacy to step up the political pressure as her fellow Councillors work feverishly to find an alternative site for the community rejected interchange currently intended by the Government for the Park.

Councillor Shurey says the Greens want “…a commitment from the Government prior to the March State election that High Cross Park will be saved and Prince of Wales Hospital will get a stop outside it”.

Randwick Councillor Lindsay Shurey says"Light Rail AND save High Cross Park".

Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey initiated Randwick Council’s current efforts to save High Cross Park from a light rail interchange by finding a feasible alternative site.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson, a member of the Council working group set up to scope out a feasible alternative site, has replied by saying that they are close to putting a workable idea to the Government.

He said,

“The working group has met four times now and work is now close to being finalized. I urge the NSW Government to maintain the positive attitude that prevailed when TfNSW and the Council signed the redrafted development agreement that opened the way forward.”

Councillor Shurey is the initiator of the “Fair Go For Randwick” campaign that has brought the Council and the Government together to try to find an alternative site. Her original motion setting up the working group saw significant changes made to the wording of the redrafted development agreement before it was signed between TfNSW and the Council.

1 comment

  1. Rickie-Lee

    Good to hear a commitment that adverse impacts to High Cross Park are avoided.
    However, in addition to the trees in the park, a total of 410 trees within Randwick City have been approved for removal. This is 410 too many and includes significant heritage trees standing healthy at around 100 years old. Will you stand up for the preservation of all of Randwick’s trees as part of the design for this transport project?
    “Replacement” trees are not the answer. It is not only residents who would be adversely impacted by such needless loss of trees – native and vulnerable wildlife would also be adversely impacted.
    We delivered a petition of over 500 signatures to the Legislative Assembly to request that there be no loss of trees in Randwick as part of this project. They are all too important to lose. Furthermore, engineering ingenuity should be encouraged. The climate cannot cannot afford for us to continue with “business as usual”. As far as local initiatives to fight climate change go, saving trees has got to be easiest of them all.

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