With forced amalgamations decisions looming in NSW next year, James Cruz wants to know the status of a 2013 proposal by Rockdale Council to take over Randwick Council’s South Ward along with areas of Botany Council.
Mr James Cruz, the Randwick-Botany Greens state election candidate for Maroubra, says the local Greens oppose the “land grab” by Rockdale.
He states that,
“I emphatically oppose any such land grab for La Perouse, Malabar, Phillip Bay, Little Bay, Chifley and Matraville by Rockdale’s Labor Mayor. As a member of the Randwick-Botany Greens I also reject Rockdale’s bid for Port Botany and what seems to be the Botany Council suburbs of Botany and Banksmeadow.”
Rockdale’s proposal was made only last year to the Independent Local Government Reform Panel headed by Professor Samson.
“Rockdales alternative mode for consideration by the Panel is a group of Councils surrounding Botany Bay, including all of Port Botany (including the bayside part of Randwick, or south ward) and the airport..” (page 10, Rockdale City Council Response to the Independent Local Government Reform Panel Paper… 27 June 2013)
There is now speculation that Rockdale will return to the idea via the Government’s new ‘Fit For the Future’ Council amalgamation process after the March state election.
Mr Cruz pointed to the long established historical links of South Ward to Randwick Council and said this week,
“Significant episodes in Australia’s past are associated with Randwick’s South Ward. This includes the long relationship between the Council and the indigenous community of the area. The Randwick-Botany Greens say ‘Hands off South Ward and Botany’ to Rockdale Labor!”
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson wants Randwick’s local Labor identities to explain what the current status of their Rockdale colleagues’ “land grab agenda” is. He said,
“Local Labor identities in Randwick claim that they oppose non-voluntary amalgamations despite one of their own in Rockdale putting forward a takeover bid for our South Ward and bits of Botany Council. Our residents have a right to know if Labor is going to continue to pursue this land grab against Randwick after the March State election.”
Councillor Matson is putting a motion to next week’s Council meeting that Randwick rejects “any proposed alienation from the LGA of any of our historical land area or facilities.”
Text of Councillor Matson’s motion to Randwick Council:
“That Randwick City Council further articulates its current resolved position on the State Government’s Fit For the Future process by augmenting it with a rejection of any proposed alienation from the LGA of any of our historical land area or facilities.”
Randwick Council’s South Ward consists of the suburbs of Malabar, Matraville, Chifley, Phillip Bay, Little Bay and La Perouse.