October 2016 archive

Green Councillor clashes with Liberal Councillor over commercialisation of a Randwick Council community pocket park in South Coogee pocket park – 25th October 2016

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants Liberal Councillor Brendan Roberts to retreat from his support of a petition from a local cafe seeking permission for seating in an adjacent pocket park. A testy exchange of emails between the two East Ward Councillors indicates how the highly populated Coogee area can see clashes between Councillors over …

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K2K urban design winner has some good design ideas that Randwick Council could use to block a wave of ad hoc high rises hitting Kensington and Kingsford – 21st October 2016

Greens Councillor Murray Matson says that the winning entry in his K2K competition has gained Randwick Council breathing room to fight off a “blitz of ad hoc twenty-story-plus high rises” pushed for the Kingsford and Kensington town centres. The State Government has been pressing Councillors to revise their planning instruments after they successfully argued that …

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Green Councillor called on to protect frogs in resident maintained South Coogee urban pond now threatened by public housing works -21st October 2016

A resident who maintains a pond for urban frogs thinks that they may be threatened by pending works a public housing estate in South Coogee.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson is seeking urgent clarification from Randwick Council that a pond containing five species of frogs will not be destroyed by upgrade work now underway on public housing land Councillor Matson said that he was contacted on Friday morning by a resident who has been voluntarily tending the pond for many …

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Greens win Randwick Council vote on support for marriage equality legislation following the effective end to the plebiscite option for local MP Malcom Turnball – 13th October 2016

UPDATE:  Last Tuesday Randwick Council supported Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s urgency motion on marriage equality legislation that encouraged the Prime Minister to realign the coalition towards supporting legislation. Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s motion was voted on at last night’s Randwick City Council meeting with support from both Labor and Liberal Councillors. Councillor Matson and fellow Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey issued the …

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“Lifestyle verse resident amenity?” Randwick Council allows expanded operations at the  Lion and Buffalo Café in South Coogee – 13th October 2016

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson states that he has been forced to submit a rescission motion after Randwick Council agreed to allow a local café to expand its operations against the vehement opposition of local residents. Councillor Matson wants Council to organise a mediation session between objecting residents and the popular Lion and Buffalo Café …

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Randwick Greens Councillor calls for urgent support for marriage equality legislation following Labor caucus decision to block Prime Minister Malcom Turnball’s plebiscite – 11th October 2016

Dear fellow Randwick Councillors. I ask for your support for the attached urgent business as I believe it is now important that the Prime Minister be encouraged to realign the Coalition towards supporting marriage equality legislation in line with expectations placed on him by the gay and lesbian community at the last Federal election. Thank …

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