CBD to South East Light Rail construction works: Kingsford loses its Gate Tree and the new Eastern Beaches Council loses what could have been an impressive aesthetic statement for the site of its possible new governance building – 15th July 2016

On Thursday Randwick Council learnt that it had failed in its effort to negotiate a CSELR light rail line change to save the Kingsford Gate Tree as early morning commuters along Anzac Parade discovered it gone.

Last Wednesday's removal of the Kingsford Gate Tree leaves the southern entrance to Kingsford very exposed.

Last Wednesday’s removal of the Kingsford Gate Tree leaves the southern entrance to Kingsford very exposed.

The Kingsford Gate Tree dominates the Southern entry to Kingsford from its position in the median strip of Anzac Parade.

The Kingsford Gate Tree once dominated the Southern entry to Kingsford from its position in the median strip of Anzac Parade.

Greens Councillor Murray Matson who had led the negotiating effort with TfNSW laments the loss to what could be the governance centre for the merger of Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils.

Councillor Matson said today,

“The Kingsford Gate Tree would have been a great visual statement for what the new Council was all about if its centre of governance came to be built on the adjacent Kingsford Market site.”

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