Randwick Council wants to be green but you need to fill out an online survey in support of continuing the Environmental Levy that funds our award winning “Sustaining Our City Program”

November 2nd 2013

Malabar Road Gross Pollutant Trap

Malabar Road Gross Pollutant Trap was funded by the Environmental Levy.

This is a personal request from local Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson to environmentally concerned residents of Randwick City Council.

Please consider filling out this survey.

The Sustaining Our City Program has been the flagship environmental policy initiative of the local Greens since they first won the mayoralty of Randwick City Council in 2004.

water harvesting

Storm water harvested from Gross Pollutant Traps (GTPs) is providing more than 60 per cent of Randwick Council’s nursery’s irrigation requirements. Many GPTs were funded by the Environmental Levy.

When you are out strolling on Council’s coastal walkway you are probably walking on a section extended under the program.

If you have read about Randwick Council winning international awards for energy or water conservation initiatives then you are seeing the results of the program.

If you help plant Council trees once every year then you are actually participating in the program yourself.

There was a fierce and exciting battle on Council in 2004 to get the program voted in as a positive win for the local environment. And it is with enthusiasm that I am now inviting you to come out over the next few days to help the Greens win it again by filling out a simple online survey by the 7th November deadline.

swimmer Des Renford

New solar heating, energy-saving blankets and solar hot water at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre were funded under the Environmental Levy.

This is how we as local environmentalists can contribute to making our own local Council area greener. It is a classic application of “Think Globally, Act Locally” to demonstrate our custodianship to the small part of the globe that we choose to live in.

Why do we need to do this? Because every five years Randwick Councillors re-vote on whether to continue the special rate levy (the “Environmental Levy”) that funds the program. Without this $1.80 raised each week per average household the scheduled environmental projects would have to be abandoned. But I know that with your support Councillors will see that a significant number of their fellow residents have made online submissions supporting the levy.

Coastal walkway extension

Coastal walkway extensions such as at Mahon Pool  are Environmental Levy funded.

Randwick Council is conducting consultation up to the 7th November to gauge community support for the continuation of the levy and to advise Councillors before they vote. I urge you to visit the Council web site to see what is scheduled to be undertaken across the Council area over the next few years under the Sustaining Our City Program.

I ask that you support me and fellow Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey by filling out the online survey before the 7th November deadline. I then ask that you email or contact your friends by social media urging them to do the same.

What the Randwick Council Environmental Levy has Funded

Between 2009 and 2014 the environmental levy provided a total of $16,315,527 which consisted of $5,825,216 for capital works and $10,490,311 for operational projects.” (Source Randwick City Council fact sheet)

Projects undertaken include:

  • Construction of gross pollutant traps (GPTs) at various coastal locations. GPTs capture street litter and organic material washed from our streets and homes and, as a result, reduce stormwater pollution washing onto our popular beaches.
  • Improving and upgrading sections of the Eastern Beaches Coastal Walkway, at Coogee, South Coogee, Lurline Bay and Yarra Bay.
  • Fencing and revegetation to protect the South Maroubra dunes, one of the last remaining dune systems in the eastern suburbs.
  • Free Sustainable Living Workshops for residents, held each term through the Eastern Suburbs Evening College.
  • Establishing a native garden with community volunteers.
  • Planting hundreds of additional native trees and shrubs in our streets, parks and coastal reserves.
  • New solar heating, energy-saving blankets and solar hot water at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre.
  • Solar hotwater at other high use sites including the Depot and Maroubra beach amenities.
  • Providing environmental management training for more than 100 Council workers.
  • Celebrating World Environment Day and Earth Day with our annual EcoLiving Fair, showcasing practical sustainable living solutions for residents.
  • Sealing footpaths at Matraville, The Spot and Maroubra Beach to reduce the amount of water needed for cleaning.
  • A wide range of community education campaigns.
  • New rainwater tanks, dual flush systems, timer taps and other water conservation measures in facilities in parks and sporting fields.
  • Extensive water-saving projects at Council sites, now saving around 120 million litres of water annually.
  • An innovative sustainability partnership agreement with the University of New South Wales, which will benefit both Council and the University.

Thank you.
Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson



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