Greens Candidate for Coogee votes on CBD to South East Light Rail: How much are the Alison Road trees and bike path worth? Green and Labor Councillors clash over money allocation in Greens rescue bid! – 26th February 2014

Randwick Green Councillors have been successful in setting up a $100,000 funded working group to find an alternative route light rail route in attempt to convince the Government to save the Alison Road trees and bike path.

New route of the CSELR light rail threatens trees and a bike path along Alison Road Randwick.

New route of the CSELR light rail threatens trees and a bike path along Alison Road Randwick.

The vote was unanimous despite a mid way stoush between Green and Labor Councillors over the Greens plan for the working group to be funded to achieve its objective.

In the end it was agreed by all Councillors to lobby both the State Government and the State opposition as part of the rescue bid. Councillor and Greens candidate for Coogee, Lindsay Shurey, wants the call to come as a state election promise.

She said after the meeting after the Council meeting last Tuesday night:

“The resolution to the Greens motion calls on both the Premier and the leader of the NSW Opposition to immediately commit to protecting the parklands and cycle ways at Alison Road from any encroachments from the South East Light Rail Project. As the Greens candidate for Coogee I further call on them to do so before the election.”

As part of its task, the new “Randwick Rail Alignment Working Group” will be requesting the opportunity to meet with both the State Minister for Transport and the State Opposition spokesperson for Transport.

Greens Councillor Matson said:

“It is disappointing that there was an unsuccessful Labor amendment that would have denied the working group $100,000 in funding needed to employ professional consultants to establish the feasibility of an alternative route. This would have crippled the Greens initiative to save the Alison Road trees and bike path.”

FINAL RANDWICK COUNCIL RESOLUTION:

MOTION: (Matson/Andrews) 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 loss of the Alison Road bike path and the very significant and unacceptable loss of accustomed parklands;
  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, not excluding alternate routes including the old tram route to the racecourse, the western side of the racecourse and High Street, and prepare a submission to the State Government arguing for the feasibility of the proposed changes;
  4. that the membership of the Randwick Light Rail Alignment Working Group shall consist of North and West Ward Councillors only;
  5. Providing the Working Group with a budget of up to $100,000 to employ consultants to achieve this objective; and
  6. Formally 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.
  7. Calling on the Premier, Mike Baird, and the leader of the NSW Opposition, to immediately commit to protecting High Cross Park and parklands and cycleways at Alison Road, conventionally known as Centennial Parklands, from any encroachments from the South East Light Rail Project.
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