Randwick Greens Councillors Murray Matson and Lindsay Shurey attended yesterday’s rally at the Randwick Literary Institute along with Waverley Greens Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak to support it’s retention for community use.
There is a strong fear in the community that the 101 year old public meeting place and workshop facility may be about to be sold off by the State Government.
Also attending was former Randwick Greens Councillor Margaret Woodsmith and former Waverley Greens Councillor Pru Cancion.
Councillor Matson said, “The Council area needs to retain the versatile meeting place options that the Randwick Literary Institute has always given to our community.”
Former Councillor Woodsmith was recently part of a delegation that went to see local Coogee MP Bruce Notley-Smith to lobby for the retention. She said after the rally,
“The R.L.I was 100 years old in 2013. It was built with community donations on crown land and has been used as a community center ever since. The current manager employed by the department of Lands was given notice on the 1st of January. Marion has been there for 12 years and has grown the usage from 15 groups on a regular basis to the current 74, over 2,000 people in all. I immediately saw the danger that it was on the radar of a greedy State Government for residential development. We organised a committee, got busy and yesterday we had a good rally.”
At the rally the local MP Bruce Notley-Smith spoke and promised to save the facility for community use. Ms Woodsmith commented afterwards,
“The rally was well attended and it came with a reassurance from the local member Bruce Notley-Smith (a Liberal whom I was deputy Mayor to when we were both on Randwick Council). Federal Labor MP Matt Thistlethwaite also spoke in support. It all now seems likely to work out in the community favor.”
Inside the building current North Ward Councillor Lindsay Shurey moved amongst the crowd helping collect signatures calling for the facility to remain accessible to constituents.