High Cross Park: Randwick Green Councillors call on Labor Councillors to support Greens motion to save park – 18th July 2014

Councillor Lindsay Shurey has called for Randwick Councillors to support her High Cross Park motion to buy property for an alternative light rail interchange as a “way forward”.

Poster - Fair Go High Cross Park

Greens say High Cross Park issue is solvable if property can be purchased for an alternative light rail interchange site.

The pro-light rail Greens are actually putting two motions to the next Tuesday night’s Randwick City Council meeting with ideas for a “Fair Go For Kingsford, Fair Go For Randwick” campaign to solve two contentious problems with the CBD to South East Light Rail project.

The local Randwick-Botany Greens support the CSELR project but believe that the Government is being unreasonable by not working with the Council to save High Cross Park from a planned rail interchange and by refusing to sell the Kingsford Market site to the Council for parking at a fair and reasonable price.

Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson has pointed out that the Government has recently shown flexibility in the Ashfield area over a threatened local park and towards Randwick racecourse on parking issues. He said this morning,

“It is unfair that the Government changes the Westconnex motorway to save Ashfield Park on demands from the Shooters and Fishers Party but won’t even consider a joint venture with Randwick Council to save High Cross Park from the CSELR.”

“It is also unfair that the Government can build a free car park to help the Randwick racecourse out but won’t sell the Kingsford Markets to Randwick Council for our car park at a fair and reasonable price. Fair go for Kingsford, fair go for Randwick.”

The two Greens motions will go to the Randwick City Council meeting of the 22nd of July 2014.

One to be moved by Councillor Matson proposes that South Juniors (i.e. The Juniors) and the Kingsford Chamber of Commerce be invited to sign a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with the Council to make up for parking spaces to be lost to the CSELR.

The MOU will have the objective of “acquiring the Government owned land at the old Kingsford Market site on fair and reasonable terms for the benefit of the businesses and residents of Kingsford”.

The other motion moved Councillor Lindsay Shurey will focus on saving High Cross Park by working with the Government to buy up land for an alternative light rail interchange site away from the park.

It will propose “joint venture partnerships to acquire and develop property on the north side of High Street between Avoca and Clara Streets and on the east side of Belmore Road opposite High Cross Park between Avoca Street and Coogee Bay Road’.

Councillor Shurey has called on Randwick’s Labor Councillors to support her motion as “a way forward”. She said,

“The Randwick Green Councillors support Saturday’s rally protesting the threat to High Cross Park but believe that it is essential that the Council promote the buying up of an alternative site to provide a solution. I call on the Labor Councillors to support my motion. If we as Councillors are serious about saving High Cross Park for the community then we must augment our protests with a serious proposal for a joint Council and Government project to acquire and develop an alternative rail interchange site.”






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