May 02

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

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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.