Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson says that he will be able to keep pushing for CSELR light rail design improvements should tomorrow morning’s rescission motion against the Council’s recent resolution on amalgamations fail.
The issues are related because the Government could sack Randwick’s Councillors if they chose not to put in an amalgamation proposal by voting for the rescission motion.
Councillor Matson said the day before the meeting,
“Those Councillors pushing the rescission motion are risking our sackings when the community would want us to stay in place to have a say on infrastructure issues such as the CBD to South East Light Rail project.”
Serving Councillors are currently involved in negotiations with the Government over four contentious light rail issues.
- Designing an alternative rail route contrary to the Government’s approved design for Alison Road which will remove significant numbers of trees from Centennial Park;
- Saving High Cross Park by convincing the Government to adopt Council’s identified alternative site for the Randwick rail-bus interchange;
- Obtaining access to the Government owned section of the old Kingsford Market site to ensure that parking is not lost for South Juniors and the Kingsford business centre.
- Maintaining the Council budget to the Light Rail Support Plan which is intended to spend millions ameliorating a variety of negative impacts on business and the community.
Councillor Matson said,
“The community may well end up being in a global super Council with a town hall in the Sydney CBD if we don’t put in a submission and Randwick is sacked. What would the Mayor of Sydney know about the High Cross and Centennial Park issues or what we are trying to achieve for Souths and the Kingsford Business Centre?”