Greens candidate James Cruz for Maroubra in March 2019: Election campaign officially launched today! – 25th August 2018

Senator Mehreen Faruqi has launched the Greens campaign for the seat of Maroubra with candidate James Cruz. She has welcomed his call for action on electricity prices and affordable housing.

Greens NSW Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey, Greens NSW MLC David Shoebridge and Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson were at the campaign launch of James Cruz the Greens candidate for Maroubra in the March 2019 NSW State election.

Senator Faruqi said, “Power prices are a massive issue for most Australians. All levels of government should be taking action to address the high prices like subsidising solar panels, allowing residents to trade electricity, and investing in solar farms.

“We have seen in Victoria and Queensland that investment in solar means new jobs as well as a drop in the use of coal.

“We know that electricity prices hit renters and those under housing stress the hardest. James Cruz knows better than most about what it’s like when governments only look after the big end of town. I am proud to stand alongside him as he calls for a better life for everyone in this beautiful part of Sydney,” Senator Faruqi said.

Mr Cruz said,

“I am proud of my Maroubra Housing Commission background—I have loved serving this community and my connection to this area.

“I will stand for a party that represents marginalised communities, those who need a voice, and the people suffering at the whims of a government controlled by moneyed interests.

“I will stand up for the issues that matter to people in Maroubra: the need for genuinely affordable housing, fully resourced public schools, and the need for more renewable energy to bring down the price of power,” Mr Cruz said.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi is the Greens Senator for NSW in the federal parliament. Her background is in engineering, both in local government and in academia. She has served five years in the NSW parliament as spokesperson on the environment, animal welfare, transport and the status of women. Her federal portfolios include higher education and housing.

James Cruz was raised and works in the Eastern Suburbs. He is a full-time Librarian, Union delegate, and has studied both at TAFE and university. James is concerned about issues such as overdevelopment, better public transport, affordable housing and improving pay and working conditions.

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey announces new look make-over for Coogee Bay Road- 21 August 2018

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson welcomes news that unsightly old overhead power lines will be moved underground in a major upgrade of the eastern end of Coogee Bay Road maximising the view down to the sea.


East Ward Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that his role will be to work with the Coogee community to achieve minimum disruption to either residents or the small businesses along the eastern end of of Coogee Bay Road.

He said,

“It will be great to see the old network of overhead power lines replaced with an underground system. But the needs of residents and businesses should always come first. I am glad to see that the construction work will be suspended from December to March to allow our local cafes and shops to operate unimpeded during the peak summer visitor season.”

DISCLAIMER: The document below is a Randwick City Council media release

A major upgrade of the Coogee Bay Road town centre will commence in September 2018, Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey announced today.

The $5M project will rejuvenate the Coogee town centre supporting local businesses by making the area more attractive and inviting as well as making Coogee Bay Road a place for people with more space to gather and socialise.

As part of the upgrade, overhead powerlines and poles will be removed and put underground. Key features of the upgrade include:

  • Wider footpaths
  • Supporting local businesses
  • More space for people
  • New street trees and paving
  • Underground power
  • More outdoor dining
  • Better public safety

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the works will make the Coogee Town Centre more vibrant and a pleasant place for people.

“A lot of work has gone into getting this design right,” Mayor Shurey said.

“We consulted with residents in 2014 and found strong support for upgrading Coogee Bay Road. Most importantly people wanted to feel safer, they wanted better management of commercial waste bins, more outdoor dining and attractive shopfronts.

“This upgrade will increase the amount of space available for pedestrians with footpaths widened on Coogee Bay Road and Arden St without losing parking or travel lanes.

“Coogee is a nationally renowned tourist destination as well as a local village with its own character. This upgrade will enhance Coogee’s reputation make it even more vibrant and attractive,” Mayor Shurey said. The streetscape upgrade will be conducted in two stages with no work happening over the busy summer period.

  • Stage 1: Sep to Dec 2018
  • Stage 2: Mar to late 2019

There will be disruption to local businesses, shoppers and visitors, however Council and its contractor CA&I (Community Asset and Infrastructure) will work hard to minimise inconvenience.

Access to businesses will be maintained at all times and a dedicated community consultation project officer will be available to work directly with businesses to minimise disruption.

Coogee Bay Road will remain a two-way street with free on-street parking available on both sides of the street. Footpaths will be widened on the northern side of Coogee Bay Road from Arden St to Vicar St from 3.6m to 4.8m and widened on the southern side of Coogee Bay Road from Vicar St to Brook St from 3.6m to 4.8m. The Arden St western footpath between Coogee Bay Rd and Alfreda St will also be widened. Twelve new Callery pear trees will be planted as part of the streetscape improvements.

The upgrade also includes additional safety measures as part of Council’s anti-terrorism obligations including impact-rated bollards and located concrete seats.

More information:

Construction to commence on Coogee Bay Road streetscape upgrade

CBD to South East Light Rail: Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch keeps up pressure on the NSW Government to provide promised noise and light pollution mitigation measures to Kensington and Kingsford residents – 5th August 2018

Randwick City Council will chase up the NSW State Government over a failure to deliver promised noise mitigation to residents suffering CSELR light rail construction noise.

Randwick West Ward Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch is continuing to press the NSW State Government to fully implement a promised package of light rail noise mitigation measures to residents to residents in Kingsford and Kensington.

Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch successfully moved at the Council’s 28th July 2018 meeting that it write to the NSW Government seeking full details on where the promise is up to.

Councillor Veitch states that a respite package of measures was offered to residents in 2017 but that many have not received it or even be aware that it was on offer. She stated:

“Many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work. Those who are being notified are often only receiving a knock on the door on the night the work is taking place. This is unacceptable.”

The measures offered were alternative accommodation during night time construction work and the installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave who live behind the Light Rail stabling yard. Councillor Veitch noted that Randwick Council had opposed the siting of the stabling yards at Doncaster Avenue in a 2014 submission to the Government.”

“I am also calling on TfNSW to offer noise mitigation to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise, not just those who live along the CSELR rail line. Above all, residents just want the night time construction work to be avoided if at all possible.

“Enough is enough, people can’t be expected to pack their bags and move into a hotel every other night for another two years. It’s high time Andrew Constance came down to meet these people and take their complaints seriously. I will continue to make this issue a priority for as long as it takes to get something done.”


“Notification of Respite Package for Randwick LGA Residents Affected by South East Light Rail Out of Hours Construction Noise

RESOLUTION: (Veitch/Matson) that Randwick City Council:

  1. notes that in 2017, the Hon Andrew Constance, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, offered Randwick LGA residents affected by out of hours construction work on the South East Light Rail line a number of support measures including:
  • Reimbursement of up to $200.00 for alternative accommodation during night time construction work;
  • An offer by Transport for NSW to arrange accommodation directly, avoiding the need for reimbursement;
  • Additional accommodation in special circumstances, decided on a case by case basis;
  • Installation of blinds and double glazing for residents on Doncaster Ave impacted by the lights and noise of the Light Rail stabling yard;
  1. notes that many residents are still unaware of the respite packages being offered, as they are not detailed on CBD and South East Light Rail Notifications of out of hours work;
  1. writes to Transport for NSW to request that double glazing, ventilation and air conditioning be offered to all residents affected by out of hours construction noise and on an ongoing basis as a consequence of the operations of the light rail stabling yard behind Doncaster Avenue; and
  1. writes to the NSW Government to request that full details of the respite packages are provided on all weekly notifications until the completion of the South East Light Rail, so residents are able to benefit from the package being offered.

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey celebrates her Council’s winning of three 2018 RH Dougherty Awards for excellence in communications – Friday 3 August 2018

DISCLAIMER: This document is a Randwick City Council media release

Randwick Council scoops the pool in Local Government Awards for communication

Randwick City Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey

Randwick Council was last night recognised by peak body, Local Government NSW, for their excellence in communications at the 2018 RH Dougherty Awards, winning three out of four categories.

The RH Dougherty Awards, judged by communications experts, recognise outstanding communication by councils to their local communities. Award categories were: Reporting to the Community, Excellence in Communication, Innovation in Special Events, and Outstanding Individual Contribution.

Randwick Council won the Reporting to the Community Award for Randwick E-news, the weekly electronic newsletter sent out to more than 42,000 residents. Judges noted that Randwick E-news was “informative, well laid out, innovative and followed the KISS system – simply well done.”

Council’s Rock Fishing Safety Education campaign was joint winner for the Excellence in Communication award. The category recognises examples of Council shifting an attitude or behaviour through a communication strategy. Judges commented that the campaign was “an important message with a very specific audience. A unique take on a serious message.”

The program was a partnership with the NSW Department of Justice, NSW Fisheries, Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW and Alex Bellissimo Rock & Beach Charters.

The Best Gift Christmas Markets took home the Innovation in Special Events award. Judges said, “The Randwick entry seized an opportunity on behalf of its community to capitalise on Christmas giving and provide opportunities for local residents to acquire or sell some unique Christmas gifts. The community involvement that resulted provided another perspective to Christmas.”

“Great communication is key to building an informed, empowered and unified community and I know our teams work hard to find innovative and effective ways to connect with the people of Randwick and beyond,” said Mayor Lindsay Shurey.

“Winning three of the top awards shows that we’re leading the way in communications strategies, which is a win for both Council and the community.”

The awards are open to all councils in New South Wales and are celebrated each year during Local Government Week.

Independent Randwick Councillor and ex-Mayor Noel D’Souza says that a “modern feminist is either an ignoramus or a liar” – 2nd August 2018

DISCLAIMER: The following comments are the personal comments of Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Good grief!

Right wing Independent Randwick Councillor Noel D’Souza has stunned fellow Councillors by launching a full on attack against what he says is wrong with “modern feminists”.

I have just got hold of the original email that independent Councillor and former Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza sent to the Southern Courier.

It sparked  the published storey of this week in which Councillor D’Souza  is attributed with anti-feminist comments targeting Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey who replaced him as the face of the  eastern Sydney Council.

It actually reads far more misogynistic than  his comments in the published article do. It displays such an intense paranoia towards assertive women that it makes you wonder at the psychological motivations of the writer.

When you read it you have to remind yourself that this was sent out by a former Mayor of Randwick City Council who first held office in 2015 and not 1975. It is Donald Trump style weirdness.

You have to feel for current Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey . I knew she would catch something of a backlash being only the second-ever female Mayor of Randwick – and a Green one at that. But this has actually shaken me. I had no idea  that one of my fellow male Councillors was so far out of  touch with modern political attitudes. I voted twice for this guy to be Mayor. What was I thinking?

Amazingly Councillor D’Souza finishes the email by calling for Randwick Council to be “more  accepting and inclusive of all” with apparently no sense of irony or self awarnes. Then he closes this email to a professional female journalist with the  words: “Warm regards”.

Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Randwick Councillor Noel D’Souza launches anti-feminist attack on female Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey – 1st August 2018

The following comments are by Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson

To the readership of the Southern Courier newspaper.

I read with sadness Councillor Noel D’Souza’s anti-feminist comments towards my colleague Randwick Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey in yesterday’s Southern Courier.

Independent Randwick City Councillor Noel D’Souza has launched an attack on the feminist views of his successor as Mayor – female Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey

…Councillor D’Souza sent an email to the Southern Courier criticising feminism as a “relentless political advocacy group pushing for special privileges for women”. (Southern Courier page 9, 31st July 2018)

I voted for Councillor D’Souza to become mayor himself in 2015 and 2016 and we worked well together. But in 2017 I told him that I would be supporting Lindsay’s bid to become Randwick’s only second ever female mayor. Our relationship then deteriorated rapidly.

I have been mayor twice myself and I know it is emotionally difficult to give it up. Lindsay will find it so too.

But Noel has not come to terms with it and he is letting the resentment eat him up.

He regularly sends emails around to fellow Councillors in which he expresses resentment towards me, Lindsay and our party the Greens.

He claims that the Council is being badly run since he left the job.

This is blatantly unfair towards Lindsay Shurey who has done a great job on issues such as the marriage equality ballot. Her presiding over Council meetings is fair and objective.

Councillor Noel D’Souza himself actually voted FOR the very budgetary measures including the loan that he irrationally now attacks Mayor Lindsay Shurey for.

Check out page 6 of the Council minutes of the 26th June 2018. Noel voted with me and the Mayor. Whenever I vote for something I always own the resolution ever afterwards. By not doing so Noel has now the lost the respect of his fellow Councillors who know what he actually said and did in that meeting.

I find it appalling that a man who I voted for twice to be mayor is now expressing such a misogynist attack on a female mayor. Randwick now has four female Councillors and many diligent female staff working at all levels. I do believe that Noel’s printed comments have damaged the reputation of Randwick Council as an equal opportunity body. Those comments send a completely wrong not-welcome message to any woman seeking a career at Randwick.

I call on my old friend to repudiate his quotes and to work on rebuilding his relationship with his fellow Councillors.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson

Randwick under Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey will join with two other eastern Sydney councils to be the first NSW councils to install electric car-charging sites – 31st July 2018

The environmental achievements continue to flow from the Greens initiated Sustaining Our City program at Randwick City Council under current Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey.

Randwick Council under Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey continues to roll out environmental initiatives under its Sustaining Our City Program initiated by Green Councillors back in 2004.

The latest project is to be the installation of electric car-charging-sites in Randwick in partnership with Waverley and Woollahra Councils under the “3-Council Regional Environment Program”.  Much of Randwick’s contribution to this regional partnership is paid for by the Council’s Sustaining Our City program, which is based on an environmental levy.

The roll out of car charging sites is described as a first for local NSW Councils with a Randwick Council report stating:

“These public electric vehicle charging sites will be a first for local Councils in NSW (and apparently only second for local government in Australia, to those installed in the City of Adelaide).”

ARE you interested in electric cars? Switching to one is about to become a lot more practical if you live in the eastern suburbs. 😄🚗👏

Posted by Southern Courier on Friday, July 27, 2018

The Sustaining Our City Programs was initiated by former Randwick Green Mayor Murray Matson in 2004 and is recognised as the flagship policy of the local Greens.

Eight charging sites are to be installed in the three Council areas with four in Randwick at:

  • Brook Street, adjacent to and outside the Coogee Senior Citizens Centre
  • Silver Street carpark, Randwick
  • Randwick Community Centre, Randwick
  • Des Renford Leisure Centre, car-park, Maroubra.

Bread4Change – “Honest sourdough bread – An honest and caring Community – Our Home Planet Earth” – 27th July 2018

“Bread4Change” – No:4

Sat, Aug 4th; 10 am – 1 pm at “Holey Crumb Gardens” in Kensington, NSW, Australia

More info provided upon RSVP via email:

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Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey expresses Randwick Council’s sympathy to the people of Greece over the loss of life in the bush fires of this week – 25th July 2018

Single-use-plastics: Albatross documentary is a poetic and beautifully filming of the horrible fate looming over the world’s most loved sea bird – 23rd July 2018

The Randwick-Botany Greens thank NSW Greens MP Justin Field and Greens Federal Senator Peter Whish-Wilson for jointly hosting the  special Plastic Free July screening of the Albatross documentary at the Randwick Ritz Cinema on 4 July 2018.

The documentary film Albatross was shot over years at Midway Island and achieves a gently poetic portrayal of the single-use plastic threat to large sea birds.

This stylistic and poetically shot film gently shows the disaster slowly descending on the breeding cycle of the Albatross.

Mr Justin Field  said shortly before the viewing:  “I’ve recently returned from Lord Howe Island where baby flesh-footed shearwater birds are being mistakenly fed our plastic waste by their parents, leading to developmental problems and the death of many juveniles.”

Senator  Whish-Wilson said at the time:  “Despite great commitment and action from communities, the NSW government lags behind other Australian states and territories in its ambition for initiatives to reduce plastic pollution”

The  Senator highlighted the lack of awareness of the single use plastic issue politically  isolates NSW.  He said

“NSW is the only Australian state or territory without a commitment to ban single-use plastic. It also risks being left further behind as countries such as Britain, the Netherlands and Canada up the purpose and targets of their plastic policies and programs.”

Despite the lack of NSW state action our area is doing its bit on a local level.

Last month Green Mayor Lindsay Shurey banned the use of single use plastics by Randwick City Council.