Light rail agreement signed between Randwick Council and TfNSW setting Greens High Cross Park rescue plan in play – 4th September 2014

“Confused ideology” was left behind at Randwick Council last night with the rejection of a final rescission motion against the signing of the CBD to South East Light Rail (CSLER) development agreement.

Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey said after the meeting that Council can now focus on protecting High Cross Park.

“Council now needs to get on with the job of pressing the State Government to amend the CSELR approval to stop High Cross Park from being degraded by the light rail interchange. “

She elaborated how the signing of the agreement was a key step in the “Fair Go For Kingsford, Fair Go for Randwick” campaign to save the Park.

“The development agreement is now in play giving Council the tool to mount a pressure campaign on the Minister to amend the June CSELR approval and remove the interchange from the park. The task now before all those who love High Cross Park is to get behind the resolution to my motion to set up a working group to scope out alternative sites for the interchange. Anti-light rail activists should now stop trying to impede the Council in this task.”

Greens Councillor Murray Matson stated that as a member of the working group he would be urging the Mayor to convene it as quickly as possible “so it can cut through the confused ideology that is obscuring what we should be doing to save the Park”.

The Greens are calling on all Councillors, residents and stake holders to unite behind the rescue plan. He said:

“I look forward to working with everyone including the doctors and allied health workers of High Street to find an alternative site. Labor has consistently said there is no hurry in this task but they are quite wrong. The chance to save the park will slip away if we do not move quickly.”

 

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