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.

Randwick Greens and Liberal Councillors clash over the need to heritage protect the old homes of Coogee – 29th June 2018

UPDATE – 7th July 2018

Randwick City Council has now placed the Greens’ proposal to extend the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area on public exhibition!

Click here to make a submission in support of heritage protection for the homes of Coogee.

Submissions close 5pm Tuesday, the 31st July 2018.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants an old house at 38 Dudley Street in Coogee to become a rallying point for the revival of the heritage movement in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.

38 Dudley Street, Coogee

38 Dudley Street is one of a number of Coogee homes that Greens Councillor Murray Matson is fighting to have heritage protected.

Randwick City Council is fighting to save the dwelling from demolition by exhibiting for public comment a change to its main planning instrument which allows for protection of heritage items.

Matson’s plan is to extend the existing Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area  further east to cover both 38 Dudley and a number of other dwellings local residents consider worth retaining for the future.

Matson has been fighting to save the homes since February last year. Strongly against protection is his fellow East Ward representative Liberal Councillor Brendan Roberts. Supporting Councillor Roberts are independent Councillors Anthony Andrews and Noel D’Souza.

The four clashed earlier this year when the majority of Randwick Councillors voted with Matson to ask the NSW Government for permission to exhibit.

This week the Council was given “gateway determination” by the Department of Planning and Environment to place its proposal on exhibition for 1 month from the 3rd July 2018. Councillor Matson has advised residents that “…the battle to save the heritage homes of Dudley Street has begun.” He wants his constituents to write submissions once the exhibition officially starts.

Of all the effected dwellings 38 Dudley is currently the most at risk. A letter was mailbox-dropped to residents this week by a private building certifier advising of plans to demolish it within days.

Randwick Council moved swiftly to slap an Interim Heritage Order on it after residents alerted Councillor Matson to the pending destruction.

Worryingly the Council reported that it had not received notification of this work “despite the private Certifier advising that a letter had been sent to Council by post mail”.

The near loss of the dwelling has shaken Councillor Matson enough to publicly ask residents to report to Council the arrival of any further demolition proposals. He said today:

“It is amazing that private developers in NSW can use the Complying Development provisions to demolish 100 year old buildings if the idea ticks the boxes of a standard template. And it can be done with minimal involvement of the local Council. We only saved 38 Dudley this week because a resident was on the ball enough to warn me as one of their local Councillors.”

BACKGROUND

“The building and site at No. 38 Dudley Street was one of a number of properties that had been recently recommended for listing as local heritage items and to be included in a proposed extension of the boundary of the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area, as contained in a planning proposal to the Department of Planning and Environment.” (source: Randwick City Council email to Councillors  28th June 2018)

“The IHO is consistent with the provisions of the Heritage Act 1977 and the Heritage Council Guidelines. In particular, Section 25 of the Heritage Act 1977 authorises a Council to make an Interim Heritage Order for a building and/or place that council considers is of local heritage significance and that Council considers is being, or is likely to be, harmed.” (source: Randwick City Council email to Councillors  28th June 2018)

Domestic Violence: Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey opens up Randwick Council’s affordable housing properties for the use of fleeing victims – Thursday 28 June 2018

DISCLAIMER – the following is a Randwick City Council Media Release

New Council policy provides additional support for victims of domestic violence

Greens Mayor Lindsay Shurey is using her mayoralty to find ways that Randwick City Council can contribute to the addressing of domestic violence. Image linked from Randwick Council web site.

Randwick Council has in recent years highlighted the issue of domestic violence through its participation in White Ribbon Day marches. Pictured Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson prepares for the start of one.

Randwick Council staff members experiencing family and domestic violence will be able to access extra leave, additional support and flexible work options as part of a new Family & Domestic Violence Policy adopted by Council on 26 June 2018.

Randwick Mayor Lindsay Shurey said the new policy for Council staff is about supporting women and families at times of crisis and helping them retain their job and income.

“Domestic violence is the greatest social challenge of our time, and I’m proud that we’re providing support for this issue. We have a way to go, but we’re moving in the right direction.

“This new policy is the right thing to do as a responsible employer and sets an example for the community and other employers,” Mayor Shurey said.

In Randwick City, between 2016 and 2017, there were 373 reports made to police of women or children suffering at the hands of another person.

The move follows a recent Australian-first initiative by the Council to allocate some its affordable housing homes to help local women and children break the cycle of domestic violence.

Under the initiative, a proportion of the Council’s affordable rental housing portfolio will be made available specifically for women and children exiting emergency refuges and into more stable medium-term accommodation.

Randwick City Council currently operates 20 affordable housing homes specifically for its essential services workers and is expecting another 10 to be handed over to Council soon. A further 200 could be provided in the coming years as part of Council’s K2K strategy in the Kingsford and Kensington town centres.

Council also recently resolved to provide annual funding for the next five years to fund specialist outreach workers targeting domestic violence to work three days a week within the Randwick City area.

“The statistics around violence against women and violence in the home suggests that it is vital we as a community continue to talk about domestic violence and ensure that women feel heard, supported and understood,” Mayor Shurey said.

Randwick Council partners with the NSW Police Force every November to organise Sydney’s White Ribbon Walk against domestic violence.

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.