CBD to South East Light Rail: Text of Randwick Greens Motion seeking to save Alison Road trees and bike path – 18th February 2015

UPDATE: Following feedback Councillor Matson is considering the following amendment to clause (3) of his motion. He welcomes any further feedback from the community.

“3) Forming the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group to report back to Council on the feasibility, requirements, cost, environmental impact and possible advantages of an alternative alignment of the Randwick arm of the CSELR away from the approved Alison and Wansey Road alignment – and to prepare a submission that will demonstrate to TfNSW that such an alternative is feasible;” (change in red)


The following motion will be put by Greens Councillor Murray Matson to the Randwick City Council meeting of the 24th February 2015.

Councillor Matson’s motion seeks to save trees and a bike path on Alison Road by re-routing the approved Randwick arm of the CSELR light rail line from Alison and Wansey Roads Randwick to High Street off Anzac Parade.

This should not be confused with a second ongoing Greens initiative by Councillor Lindsay Shurey to save High Cross Park by moving the planned Randwick bus and light rail interchange down southward into the top portion of High Street.


ATTENTION: Ray Brownlee (General Manager Randwick City Council), all Randwick Councillors
FROM: Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson
DATE: 16th February 2015

SUBJECT: Motion Pursuant to Notice – “Proposed Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group as response to Alison Road light rail re-alignment.”

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BACKGROUND:

TfNSW was granted a modification to the approved CSELR light rail in December 2014 under CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure APPROVAL (SSI-6042).

It is disappointing that a realignment of the Alison Road section of the Randwick arm of the rail line will now occur. This will result in more tree losses and apparently impede if not block the Alison Road bike path. It is further frustrating that these issues could have been negotiated through while Council was still considering the now signed Development Agreement.

This result is proving very unpopular with concerned residents.

It is sometimes forgotten that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility Study of 2011 assessed the use of Alison Road but finally favored High Street for the Randwick arm of the rail line. This was not taken up by the Government.

TEXT OF MOTION:

That Council responds to the negative impact of the amending CBD and South East Light Rail Project State Significant Infrastructure Approval SSi-6042 of December 2014 by;

1) Noting that the realignment of the Alison Road section will result in additional tree losses along with the potential blocking of the Alison Road bike path;

2) Noting that the Council initiated Randwick Light Rail Pre-Feasibility study of 2011 favored the use of High Street for the Randwick arm of the line rather than the Government choice of Alison and Wansey Roads;

3) Forming the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group to report back to Council on the feasibility, requirements, cost, environmental impact and possible advantages of an alternative alignment of the Randwick arm of the CSELR away from the approved Alison and Wansey Road alignment;

4) The membership of the Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group shall consist of:
a)     one Labor Councillor;
b)     one independent Councillor;
c)     one Green Councillor; and
d)     one Liberal Councillor;

5)  Providing the Working Group with a budget of $100,000 to employ consultants to achieve this objective; and

6) Formerly advising both the Minister for Transport and the State Opposition spokesperson for Transport of the creation of the Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group and request the opportunity for it to meet with both on the subject.

MOTION LODGED BY:
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GREENS COUNCILLOR MURRAY MATSON

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