Greens Council Election Policies

Randwick-Botany Greens 2017 election policies for Randwick City Council

adopted June 2017

Randwick Council Wide Policies

  • Connecting Communities – Foster the health and well-being of Randwick residents by supporting initiatives that connect all residents to others in their local community. In a rapidly changing world, and with over 30% lone households, we can work together to create communities that care for and support one another.
  • Empowering Communities and Keeping Decision Making Local – Grassroots involvement of the community in major decisions regarding development and infrastructure. Bottom-up rather than Top-down approach. Work alongside local community to act together in the face of unwanted development and road infrastructure. Speak against the continuing transfer of Council powers and decision making to the State Government.
  • Make our Council a “Transition Town” – Work on projects that aim to transition our community to increased self-sufficiency and to reduce the potential effects of peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
  • Announced Anzac Parade Corridor Priority Precinct. Oppose expected forced changes to Randwick Council’s height and density controls by the State. Aim to achieve a net increase in public open space, green spaces and sporting facilities and passive recreation opportunities. Retain within the Council area all public housing residents facing relocation. Review whether local infrastructure will support significant increases in population. Fund a feasibility study into a new south east metro rail service along with an extension of the CSELR light rail with the integrated off-road bike paths and fine-tuned local bus services.
  • Real Affordable Housing – Lobby to amend the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 so that it is no longer allows developers to override Council’s floor space density and parking requirements.
  • Public Housing – Off set the shift from state government management to private sector control by setting up a Council sub-committee to actively articulate the concerns and rights of Council residents who are also public housing tenants.
  • Hospital and UNSW Expansion. Advocate that any be based on UNSW’s previous long-term expansion program of acquiring adjacent private properties only when they become available on the open market.
  • Forget Trump and Abbott- Fight Climate Change Locally! Steer our Council area to 100% renewable energy use. We could make every council a community energy provider by 2030, using existing council buildings and domestic roof tops and getting savings for their communities by buying storage batteries and solar panels in bulk for all households
  • Power Bill Relief for our residents and businesses. Help the Greens start a power revolution at the local level. Community power companies and resident solar-buyer-clubs run by your council can ensure energy security and give residents equal access to cheap, clean, renewable energy.
  • Make Light Rail and buses work for us. Light rail will reduce Anzac Parade congestion but it should only be linked to serving existing population densities. Extend it so CBD commuters won’t have to change over from buses or compete for parking at Kingsford. Fine tune services for our schools and UNSW students. Continually monitor passenger comfort and press for expanded light rail and bus services when required.
  • Make Randwick a Bike Friendly Council. Create a system of off-road or separated bike paths that integrate with neighbouring Councils and public transport systems. Prioritize a major bike path down the Anzac Parade median strip south of Kingsford.
  • Parking innovations and restrictions that work for our residents, emergency vehicles and tradies.
  • Fit For the Future. The Greens support a legal challenge by Randwick Council against the forced mergers. Former Greens Mayor Murray Matson made Randwick financially sustainable as a stand-alone Council when he introduced our first long-term financial plan in 2004.
  • Our Trees. Call for the state government to increase the ratio for replacing every large tree lost to light rail to 20 new plantings. Implement a Council policy to increase the net canopy cover across our area. No increased development density without a corresponding increase in green areas.
  • Protect our beaches. Research technical fixes for the open stormwater pipes at Coogee Beach and the leachate discharges at south Maroubra Beach. Prepare Council plans and infrastructure to cope with long-term sea level rizes from climate change.
  • A Sydney Marine Park. It is essential that we promote the benefits of an extended marine park with the needed sanctuary zones. These are evidence-based models that ensure conservation. The Marine Parks Authority demonstrated this in their research in the Jervis Bay Marine Park – with the red morwong fish being found in significantly greater numbers when compared to fished areas. In other areas, marine life such as mud crabs are found not only in greater abundance, but with their average size consistently greater.
  • More Community Gardens and local food sources. Look for opportunities create more community gardens such as the successful Randwick Community Organic Garden and the Coogee Community Garden Group.

Randwick Council East Ward Policies

Greens candidate Murray Matson says:

  • Coogee residents and families first! Keep the Greens permanent all-year alcohol ban in Coogee Beaches park reserves like Waverley Council has done for years at Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beaches. Allow emergency workers, police, Council cleaners and volunteer life savers to work in safety;
  • Support Dolphin Street’s Coogee Community Garden;
  • Fund fixing the open stormwater pipes on Coogee Beach;
  • Proactively work to protect the rights of public housing tenants targeted for relocation under a version of the State Government’s foreshadowed Anzac Parade Priority Precinct;
  • Protect the rights of home owners whose properties planned to be compulsory acquired for hospital and UNSW expansion; and
  • Oppose any proposed uses of the Bundock Street surplus defence force land that carry a risk of contamination spread or unstainable traffic conditions in adjacent residential areas.

Randwick Council West Ward Policies

Greens candidate Phillipa Veitch wants to:

  • Support Council’s draft Planning Strategy as the best way to block Government supported proposals for 25 storey (85 meter) towers.
  • Pre-emptively lower the current height control that allows for over-shadowing seven storey buildings right next to the Kensington Public School;
  • Advocate for public parking, an entertainment centre and art gallery on the Kingsford Market site to bring in customers for local businesses and cafes;
  • Oppose privatisation of Kensington busses and implement Council’s Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) plan to stop rat running drivers. Increase bus and light rail services as required;
  • Support City of Sydney proposal to modify the WestConnex before it brings more traffic in from its St Peters exit; and
  • Maximise rainwater collection to irrigate the Randwick Community Organic Gardens.

Randwick Council North Ward Policies

Greens candidate Lindsay Shurey says:

  • Green up Clovelly Road with bold urban design changes;
  • Coogee residents and families first! Keep the Greens permanent all year-alcohol ban in Coogee Beaches park reserves like Waverley Council has done for years at Bondi, Tamarama and Bronte beaches. Allow emergency workers, police, Council cleaners and volunteer life savers to work in safety;
  • Support naming the Alison Road light rail stop “Centennial Parklands” and not “Randwick Racecourse”;
  • Help facilities like the Clovelly Childcare centre generate enough alternative power to go ‘off the grid’;
  • Fund fixing the open stormwater pipes on Coogee Beach.

Randwick Council Central Ward Policies

Greens candidate James Cruz says;

  • Preserve options for an off-road bike path along the Anzac Parade medium strip;
  • Extend light rail south so that CBD commuters don’t have to switch from buses to rail carriages at Kingsford;
  • Oppose commercialisation of Heffron Park or domination by any one activity or group;
  • Form a “Maroubra Beach Leachate Working Group” of Councillors, residents and State Government departments to research the best way to solve the leachate discharge at the south end of the beach;
  • Proactively work to protect the rights of public housing tenants targeted for relocation under a version of the State Government’s foreshadowed Anzac Parade Priority Precinct; and
  • Be proactive on Council in advancing the policies of the Friends of Malabar Headland group. Support the extension of walking paths and the increased protection of bushland under National Park status.

Randwick Council South Ward Policies

The Greens will;

  • Press on with returning the third lot on the Chinese Markets Gardens site to full urban farming as a fresh food source for our local community;
  • Fight to maximise green space recovery and community usage in any State Government sell off of the Long Bay jail site;
  • Proactively work to protect the rights of public housing tenants targeted for relocation under a version of the State Government’s foreshadowed Anzac Parade Priority Precinct;
  • Extend light rail south so that CBD commuters don’t have to switch from buses to rail carriages at Kingsford; and
  • Be proactive on Council in advancing the policies of the Friends of Malabar Headland group. Support the extension of walking paths and the increased protection of bushland under National Park status.