A rescission motion from dissident Councillors against the setting up of a new heritage conservation area running contiguously from 37 Dudley Street to 152 Brook Street was voted down at Tuesday night’s extraordinary Randwick City Council meeting.
The adopting of the new heritage protections has been championed by East Ward Greens Councillor Murray Matson and North Ward Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey.
The struggle to protect the homes was often heated and involved not just rescission motions but court challenges, interim protection orders and the calling of police by Council rangers to stop an attempted demolition in late 2018.
The conservation concept itself was originally proposed to Councillor Matson by local residents living in the vicinity of Dudley and Brook Streets in Coogee. Matson responded by submitting a motion to the Council and Shurey subsequently campaigned on the issue when running for the state seat of Coogee this year.
Councillor Matson states that:
“The final decision by Councillors to heritage protect the dwellings was based on persistent lobbying by the community. Local residents organised themselves to say no to developers who were trying to use complying development certificates issued by private certifiers to bulldoze several of the properties concerned.”
The defeat of the rescission motion submitted by Councillors Anthony Andrews (independent), Alex Luxford (Labor) and Harry Stavrinos (Liberal) means that the Council will now action the original resolution from the 17th of September meeting. This being that:
- 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 the Randwick Local Environmental Plan 2012; and
- 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.
The ball now moves to the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. Councillor Matson does not expect any further problems.
“I do not expect the Department to deviate from the clear direction set by the Councillors on Tuesday night vote. A clear majority of us voted to heed the word of the community and get on with adopting the Conservation Area.”
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