Greens Councillors Murray Matson and Lindsay Shurey: lively debate expected at Randwick Council meeting on proposal to create new Heritage Conservation Area in Coogee – 17th September 2019

UPDATE: 18th September 2019

Last night Randwick City Councillors voted to create the Edgecumbe Estate heritage conservation area in Coogee along Dudley and Brooks Streets and specifically identify a number of dwellings within the area as local heritage items.

After the meeting dissenting Councillors Anthony Andrews (independent), Alex Luxford (Labor) and Harry Stavrinos (Liberal) lodged a rescission motion. This will require the proposal to be debated again at the next Council meeting.

If this rescission motion is successful these Councillors have flagged that they will then  put the following motion . “That Council delete 148 Brook Street  Coogee from clause (a) and add a clause (c) that an independent peer review be commissioned in relation to 148 Brook Street Coogee.”

Coogee residents will recall that 148 Brook Street was the site of a contentious confrontation between residents and a work gang attempting to strip out the internal fittings of the building. Residents outraged as ceiling and carpets stripped out of Coogee dwelling being assessed for heritage protection by Randwick City Council – 8th December 2018

Randwick City Council is on the verge of adopting a proposal to create a new Heritage Conservation Area to protect some of Coogee’s older dwellings campaigned by East Ward Greens Councillor Murray Matson and North Ward Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey

The report “Post Exhibition Report: Planning Proposal – Edgecumbe Estate Heritage Conservation Area and Local Heritage Items” that Councillors are to debate at tonight’s meeting recommends.


  1. Council adopts the Planning Proposal as exhibited, which proposes to create a new heritage conservation area to be known as Edgecumbe Estate, incorporating 37 Dudley Street, 39 Dudley Street, 41 Dudley Street, 142A Brook Street, 144 Brook Street, 146 (referred to as 146A and 146B) Brook Street, 148 Brook Street, 150 Brook Street, 152 Brook Street and 5 Edgecumbe Avenue. The Planning Proposal also seeks to list 39 Dudley Street, 41 Dudley Street, and 148 Brook Street as local heritage items under Schedule 5 of theRandwick Local Environmental Plan 2012.
  2. Council forwards the Planning Proposal to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to request that the Minister make the new plan, together with all relevant supporting information.

Further reading:
Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson applauds Court’s upholding of protection for old Coogee home at 39 Dudley Street – 27th August 2019

148 Brook Street Coogee once more under threat of demolition by developers – 23rd January 2019

Randwick Green Councillor Murray Matson pushes for more heritage protection for older dwellings in Dudley and Brook Street, Coogee – 8th of September 2018


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