Randwick Council Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey bans single use plastics – 27th June 2018

DISCLAIMER – the following is a Randwick City Council Media Release

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Single use plastics such as plastic bags, drink bottles and drinking straws will be banned from all Randwick City Council operations and events commencing 1 July 2018, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.

The decision from the Council Meeting of 26 June 2018 is inline with a world-wide movement to decrease plastic usage to reduce plastics pollution and micro plastics entering the food stream.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the Council unanimously approved the ban which is consistent with current Council practices to reduce single use plastics.

“Randwick Council is leading by example and making a statement that we all need to reduce our reliance on single use plastics.

“A total of 3.5 million tonnes of plastics were consumed in Australia last financial year and only 12 per cent was recycled meaning most ends up in landfill or worse in our oceans and natural environment,” Mayor Shurey said.

“We’ve all seen the distressing images of animals with their digestion system clogged with plastics and the drifting continents of plastic rubbish accumulating in our oceans. Our decision is a small step in the right direction,” Mayor Shurey said.

In addition to banning single-use plastics as part of Council operations, organisers of Council-supported events, festivals and major activities would also be required from 1 January 2019 to not use single-use plastics. Exemptions would apply for emergency situations where single-use bottled water may be required because of excessive temperatures.

Randwick Council will also develop a waste education program to assist and encourage local businesses and community groups to reduce single use plastics.

Plastics . . . did you know?

  • It is estimated humans buy one million plastic bottles every minute.
  • 4 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide each year.
  • Half a million plastic straws are used worldwide every day.
  • 500 billion disposable cups are used every year.
  • Plastic bags take up to 1,000 years to break down

Sources: 2016-17 Australian Plastics Recycling Survey (APRS) and Earth Day 2018

For more information, please visit www.randwick.nsw.gov.au or call 1300 722 542.

Boomerang Alliance is campaigning to ban plastic bags in NSW following WA’s recent ban.

Further media: Randwick Council bans single-use plastic after Senate decision

Anti Adani protestors call for councils to divest at National General Assembly of Councils – 19th June 2018

Councils are called onto divest from fossil fuels in their investment portfolios. 19th June 2018 in Canberra

BikEast pushes for separated bike paths in Randwick City Council – 18th June 2018

Cycling advocacy group BikEast calls for submissions to Randwick City Council in support of more off-road bike paths.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey condemns racially motivated assaults – 21st May 2018

SOURCE: Randwick Council Media Release
21st May 2018

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey has condemned a series of violent, random attacks that took place in the Randwick town centre last Thursday 17 May 2018.

Police allege a 25-year-old man assaulted a number of people of Asian background on Belmore Road just before 10pm including a 70-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman.

“These senseless attacks are completely abhorrent, and contrary to the strong sense of community in Randwick City.

“We are a tolerant and welcome community and I condemn this random violence in the strongest possible terms.

“Each month I have the privilege of hosting Citizenship Ceremonies and welcoming new citizens to our multicultural community. They are proud to call Randwick home because of our friendly and welcoming lifestyle and support for multiculturalism.

“Thank you to our local police from the Eastern Beaches Local Area Command for their swift and decisive response to this shocking incident.

“I would also like to thank the bystanders who intervened and subdued the attacker at the scene. This brave action by bystanders is what the Randwick City community spirit is all about,” Mayor Shurey said.

Repower Coogee supporters hold the blue line where a 7 metre sea level rise will be at Coogee Beach by the end of the centruary – 19th May 2018

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson joined today’s event at Coogee Beach staged by Repower Coogee’s public push to make rising sea levels a NSW state election issue.

Repower Coogee supporters are campaigning to draw attention to where new sea levels will be eating up Australian beaches. Coogee beach 19th May 2018

“Bleached coral, heatwaves, bushfires, and floods. Our climate is changing and causing a raft of environmental disasters. It’s time to draw a line in the sand. Join us on the 19th of May as we do exactly that, drawing a line along Coogee beach, demonstrating where the shoreline will reach if we do nothing to stop climate change.”

Can Repower Coogee build a campaign ahead of the NSW State election that will be strong enough to focus voters on how climate change is forcing up sea levels at Australia’s popular beaches? Coogee Beach 2018

Dan Murphy: Coogee Residents petition against additional liquor shop – 13th May 2018

Local Coogee residents (i.e. “Not Happy Dan”) have asked for the promotion of this petition objecting to Dan Murphy’s licence to trade from the former Rugby Club building on Brook Street, Coogee.

In April 2018 the Land and Environment Court gave the green light for trading to commence. They have supplied us with the following background information.

  • bulk liquor store green lighted for Coogee.
  • 4 existing bottle shops within 500m.
  • Massive scale incompatible with aresidential area in a heritage precinct.
  • Out of area shoppers + daily deliveries = extra traffic snarls on Brook Street.
  • Coogee beaches and parks are alcohol free.
  • Evidence of alcohol related violence in Coogee.
  • Coogee is beautiful and vibrant – it’s not the site for a bulk liquor store.

 More information about this issue can be found at Not Happy Dan. This article posted by Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson.

Randwick Council’s Environment Committee is re-established by its Greens Councillors – 2nd May 2018

The Greens have managed to get Randwick Council’s specialist Environment Committee re-established after it was disbanded in February this year along with a number of other committees

This 2016 biodiversity meeting held in Randwick Council’s Bowen Library demonstrates the pride it has in its environmental profile which Green Councillors have maintained by re-establishing the Council’s Environment Committee. Pictured here is current Greens NSW senate candidate Mehreen Faruqi talking to neighbouring Woollahra Greens Councillor Matthew Robertson. Photo by Murray Matson

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who moved the successful motion wrote in the background section to it that:

“It is desirable to maintain public confidence in our hard won credentials as a leading environmental Council in NSW by reconstituting the Environment Committee that was dissolved at the last Council meeting.”

The reincarnated committee will have as members two Green Councillors, two Liberals, two Labor and two independents with the Mayor as an ex officio participant.

After the meeting (24th April 2018) Councillor Matson summed up by saying:

“Randwick prides itself on being seen as a pro environment Council. It was thus strange for us not to retain a dedicated committee consisting of those Councillors prepared to do the heavy lifting in terms of generating our environmental policies.”

Randwick City Council resolution to motion from Greens Councillor Matson

That Randwick City Council continues to signal to the community that it values its current high profile on environmental issues by reconstituting the Environment Committee to meet on an as required basis prior to the commencement of scheduled Councillor briefing sessions with no delegated authority on decisions.

The committee shall;

  1. report to full Council meetings recommendations arising from its deliberations;
  2. be chaired by Councillor Neilson with Councillor Veitch as the Deputy Chair;
  3. have a membership of 9 comprising the Mayor (ex officio) and two Councillors each from the Labor, Liberal, Greens and Independents to be advised to the General Manager;
  4.  have the following functions;
  1. have a quorum of 4 with the chair to exercise a casting vote;
  2. to draft responses to local government implications arising from former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement negotiated via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  3. to review Council’s draft State of the Environment Report;
  4. to draft responses to local government implications arising from former Prime Minister Tony Abbotts’ 2016 signing of the Paris Agreement negotiated via the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC);
  5. to review Council’s draft State of the Environment Report;
  6. to monitor and advise on key environmental priorities and performance indicators set in the Randwick Council City Plan (a 20 Year Plan) and the yearly Management Plan;
  7. to monitor the performance and drafting of projects under Council’s Sustaining Our City Program;
  8. to be advised of issues arising from environmental arrangements with other councils, SSROC, the State and Federal Governments; Local Government NSW, the Australian Local Government Association; UNSW, environment groups, precinct committee’s and local resident groups;
  9. to receive reports from the Sydney Coastal Council network, the Greening Randwick Committee and other special committees and working groups as they arise; and
  10. to contribute to drafting conference motions on environmental issues for Local Government NSW and the Australian Local Government Association.

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey calls for a new high school in Sydney’s east – 1st May 2018

Randwick Council now supports the pro-education group CLOSEast in advocating for a new Eastern Suburbs high school after a successful recommendation was put to the last Council meeting (24th April 2018) by Mayor Shurey.

Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shorey has moved Randwick City Council to support calls for a new eastern Sydney high school.

CLOSEast (Community for Local Options for Secondary Education) had recently contacted the Office of the Mayor requesting support for their campaign. Mayor Shurey subsequently advised Councillors that:

Due to the planned increase in housing density in the eastern suburbs of Sydney to 2036 as identified in the Greater Sydney District Plan for our region, the group is concerned that there will be a shortfall in funding and places available in public schooling for future residents.

CLOSEast has been in contact with Randwick’s neighbouring Councils of Waverley and Woollahra Councils who have shown their support for the group by adopting motions at their council meetings in late 2017.

Randwick Council says current NSW tenancy law does not adequately protect renters against unfair eviction – 30th April 2018

Randwick City Council has resolved to support the “Make Renting Fair NSW” campaign following a successful motion put by Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch last Tuesday.

The Council’s support is timely considering today’s ABC report “Supply increase makes no impact on Sydney’s rental market as tenants struggle to pay” by Kathleen Calderwood.

Holidaying visitors love short term renting at eastern Sydney beach suburbs but are serious long-term tenants at the mercy of no-grounds evictions under current NSW tenancy law?

Randwick Council resolution (24th April 2018) moved  Councillor Philipa Veitch, seconded  Councillor Murray Matson.

That Randwick City Council:

  1. notes that a growing number of households in the Randwick Local Government area are renting their homes – currently 41.2% of people in Randwick are renters. Many of these are families, as well as an increasing number of older people, and people sharing homes;
  2. acknowledges the importance of housing security and stability for those renting their homes in the Randwick Local Government Area;
  3. recognises that current tenancy law in NSW does not provide adequate protections for renters against unfair evictions;
  4. assists residential renters in the Randwick LGA by supporting the Make Renting Fair NSW campaign; and
  5. brings back a report to Council on conducting an information session at the Bowen Library or another suitable location to provide information to residential renters on their tenancy rights, and the support and advocacy services available to them.

Extension to Heritage Conservation Area impeded! Have the Liberal Councillors of Randwick declared war on the heritage conservation movement in Coogee? 27-4-2018

UPDATE 19th May 2018

Independent Councillor Anthony Andrews, Liberal Councillor Harry Stavrinos and Liberal Councillor Ted Seng have declined to withdraw their signatures from the rescission motion that they lodged against the Council decision on the extension to the Dudley Street Heritage Area.

This means that the rescission motion will be debated at this Tuesday night’s Randwick Council meeting starting at 6pm.

One development has been that independent Councillor NoelD’Souza has now informed the Greens  that he will be switching to voting with fellow independent Cr Andrews and the Liberals against heritage protection. I  find this lack of appreciation of heritage issues to be a disappointing attitude for a former Mayor of Randwick City Council to hold.  Particularly as I personally voted for him to be Mayor twice. Non-the-less I am confident that a majority of Randwick’s Labor and Green Councillors are committed to protecting the architectural heritage of Coogee and will vote down the rescission motion.

The next step will be to lobby Liberal MP Bruce Notley-Smith (coogee@parliament.nsw.gov.au) to approach the Planning Minister to urge that Randwick Council is given approval to put the proposal on public exhibition so that everyone can have their say.

The text of the independent/Liberal  rescission motion can be read at: http://businesspapers.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Open/2018/05/OC_22052018_AGN_AT.PDF#page=252

UPDATED 10th May 2018

Liberal Councillors after unsuccessfully voting against Randwick Council extending a Heritage Conservation Area along Dudley Street in Coogee have now submitted a rescission motion which will force a re-vote.

Local residents once hoped that 48 Dudley Street Coogee could be preserved. But it is now just a hole in the ground leaving the 1970’s flats to the east visually prominent. Green Councillors are fighting to protect other historically valuable homes in the street.

The Council has been planning to preserve the area since February last year when Greens Councillor Murray Matson learnt that the old home at 48 Dudley Street was going to be demolished.

The proposed new heritage conservation area is too late to save 48 Dudley, which has now been demolished. But Councillor Matson says that other homes at 38, 42 and 44 Dudley Street and 122 Mount Street“can and should be protected”.

Councillor Matson says that the Liberal’s rescission motion will only put more heritage value buildings at risk of demolition. He said

The Greens want to preserve more heritage valuable homes in Coogee. Source Randwick City Council Ordinary Business Paper 24th April 2018

“The Liberals are not displaying a serious commitment to actually preserving older Coogee buildings for future generations.”

“I was taken back when East Ward Liberal Councillor Brendan Roberts spoke against voting to ask the Planning Minister for permission to put the proposed extension to the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area on public exhibition.”

“The Dudley Street Conservation Area is defined by notable and contributory examples of residential development from the initial Federation subdivisions through to the later Inter-War years. The area of this assessment, extending from the southwestern corner of Dudley and Mount Streets through to Thomas Street Coogee, has considered the evolution of residences
on the south side of this length of street frontage. Whilst of varied scale, the residences have been found to demonstrate close association in style, form, history and detail with those defining the Dudley Street Conservation Area to the North.”  (Page 29, Dudley Street Conservation Area extension  Assessment June 2017)

Randwick City Council – Director City Planning Report No. CP7/18 Subject: Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Boundary Extension and inclusion of Local Heritage Items