Kingsford Smith candidate – James Cruz for the Greens – 15th April 2019

James Cruz for Kingsford Smith

The Greens candidate for the seat of Kingsford Smith in the 2019 Federal Election is James Cruz.

Learn more about James’ campaign.

NSW Elections: Labor and Greens preference deal in Maroubra to Save Yarra Bay

LABOR and the Greens have done a 2-for-2 preference deal in the seat of Maroubra in a united effort to ensure the Yarra Bay cruise ship proposal is killed off.

Greens candidate for Maroubra James Cruz says that the saving of Yarra Bay from a cruise ship terminal is a key issue for the local Greens in the NSW state election.

The two parties have both committed to stopping the proposal made by the NSW government which has ignited a groundswell of community opposition with the Save the Bay Coalition group organising public forums and protests outside NSW Parliament against the government’s plan.

Maroubra Labor candidate Michael Daley has previously said in the media that if elected Premier on March 23 that he will “kill this thing stone dead” when referring to the proposed terminal.

Greens candidate for Maroubra, James Cruz, said he expected Mr Daley to invest in and renovate public housing in the area as part of the agreement, stating that his priority was to see those in the housing system given long overdue improvements.

“The backlog in public housing repairs has blown out under the Liberal government, I want to see that addressed. I’ve seen 30-year-old cabinets actually rotting off their hinges, bathrooms that are literally crumbling around their tenants. This must be fixed.” Mr Cruz said.

Coal Seam Gas: Pilliga Rising will screen at the Bronte SLSC on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 6.30pm

DISCLAIMER – This is not organised by the local Randwick-Botany Greens. This alert is posted in support of Lock The Gate Alliance because it is an event in our local area.


Dear Murray,

We’re so pleased to invite you to a screening of a beautiful new film about the campaign to protect communities, water and the Pilliga forest from coal seam gas (CSG) in NW NSW.

Pilliga Rising will screen at the Bronte SLSC on Tuesday, 12 March at 6.30pm. Tickets are free or ‘pay what you can’. Don’t miss out on seeing this amazing film.

“Pilliga Rising reminds me that the power of community and everyday people coming together to protect each other and their most treasured resources can move mountains and change the world for the better.” – Musician, John Butler

“mesmerising, heartbreaking, exhilarating” Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald

WHERE: Bronte Surf Life Saving Club
WHEN: Tuesday March 12, 2019 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
TICKETS: Are free (or by donation). RSVP here to reserve your seat.

This event will feature Coonamble farmer, Adam Macrae, who appears in the film and whose property is on the route of the gas pipeline proposed to take gas from the Pilliga forest.

Drilling through groundwater sources like the Great Artesian Basin means communities like Adam’s are at risk of losing access to their only sources of water as they suffer through drought.

Invite your friends and family and let’s pack out this screening to show that Sydney people care about stopping this environmental disaster in rural NSW.

Randwick Greens councillors support legal action to stop the Sydney Football Stadium (SFS) demolition – 5th February 2019

Media Statement made by Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch before the Allianz Stadium debate at tonight’s extraordinary Randwick City Council meeting.

Randwick Greens councillors Murray Matson, Lindsay Shurey and Philipa Veitch have lodged a rescission motion regarding council’s resolution on the Sydney Football Stadium. Greens councillors supported council taking legal action at last week’s meeting.

The consent for the NSW Government’s Allianz Stadium project has become a contentious issue in Sydney.

We have called for the extraordinary meeting and will be urging Randwick council to join Waverley in seeking an expedited hearing and legal challenge to stop the structural demolition, which is due to start on Friday.

Legal advice has been shared with City of Sydney, Waverley, Randwick and Woollahra councils that indicates there were serious flaws in the consent for the knock down.

At the times when the Sydney Cricket Ground and SFS will be operating with simultaneous events, there will be up to 95,000 spectators coming into the area. We believe the continuous flow intersection planned for the Dacey/Anzac/Alison Rd intersection is being designed to help meet this anticipated demand. This will have a massive impact on residents in west ward, already affected by the Light Rail.

We believe the $720 million cost could be better spent on essential services such as schools, hospitals and affordable housing, and helping local residents affected by the Light Rail who are desperate for assistance.

The Greens rescission on the Sydney Football Stadium consent can be read in full via the public business paper for tonight’s extraordinary Council meeting.

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Annual Pauline McLeod Awards to be held in La Perouse

Randwick City Council is promoting the annual Pauline McLeod Awards. They are also hosting this year’s event at our local La Perouse Museum from 20 July to the 2nd of August.

It is an art exhibition that features inspiring and thoughtful art from Sydney primary schools. The students explore the theme of “Our Living Cultures”.

So if you have a budding primary school artist on your hands maybe check it out on the Randwick City Council web site.

“Pauline Elizabeth McLeod was a proud Yatemetung-Ngarrindjeri woman and member of the Stolen Generations. Through her incredible work as a cultural educator, Pauline McLeod led and inspired Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians towards better understanding, acceptance and healing. The Pauline McLeod Reconciliation Week Primary Schools Art Competition honours her legacy and is a significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander event recognising major work towards Reconciliation.” (Source Randwick City Council web site)

Museum opening hours:
Wednesday & Friday 10am to 2pm Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm

Greens Councillors to make second attempt to join Randwick with Waverley Council in Allianz Stadium legal challenge – 31st January 2019

Randwick Greens councillors Philipa Veitch and Lindsay Shurey have lodged a rescission motion following the defeat of their amendment to take legal action to stop the demolition and re-development of the Sydney Football Stadium. If the rescission motion is carried they will move a motion to join Waverley in their legal challenge.

Randwick City Council met at a confidential extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday night to consider a council report on the Sydney Football Stadium, following advice released to City of Sydney, Woollhara, Waverley and Randwick councils by the Labor party in December regarding the validity of the consent (as reported in the SMH 28/12/18).

Randwick Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey and Philipa Veitch have lodged a rescission motion in an attempt to join Randwick with Waverley Council’s proposed legal challenge to the Sydney Football Stadium consent.

While the Greens moved an amendment to join the legal action to halt demolition of the stadium, the successful Labor motion called for a low-cost media campaign, and to “make public that part of Randwick Council’s legal advice indicating the consent of the redevelopment of the SFS is invalid in so far as it did not satisfy the EP&A Act as it failed to address the design excellence of the proposed concept…”

Greens councillor Philipa Veitch state today.

“Randwick City Council will now be publishing legal advice that states that there was a good case for a successful legal action to be pursued, yet Labor, Liberal and Independent councillors voted not to take it.

“If the advice sent by Labor to four separate councils was just a political stunt, it has given false hope to a huge number of residents who had the genuine belief that the demolition of the stadium may well be stopped.

“If the advice was genuine, Randwick councilllors have denied the people of NSW a chance to stop one of the most flagrant abuses of the public purse in recent memory. A $720 Million stadium, paid for by the sell-off of the Land Titles Office”.

“Greens on Randwick Council have been vocal opponents of the stadium re-development from the outset, and my motion on the SFS last October raised many serious concerns about the stadium. Residents in Kensington and other parts of the Randwick will be massively affected by this development. We have also worked hard to gain Randwick Council a position on the SFS Community Consultative Committee. The people of NSW have been denied a significant opportunity to stop the stadium once and for all.”

To offset legal costs incurred by council, the Greens moved an amendment to call on NSW Leader of the Opposition Michael Daley to reimburse council for costs if he is elected as Premier at the March 23 State election.

With demolition on stadium due to start, Greens councillors have lodged a rescission motion and will argue the case to give support to a legal challenge.

Draft Minutes – Randwick City Council extraordinary meeting Tuesday – 29-1-2019

Randwick won’t be joining legal challenge against Allianz Stadium approval – 29th January 2019

Labor, Liberal and independent councillors have combined to defeat an amendment put by Randwick’s three Greens Councillors that legal action be commenced against the Government’s Planning Minister over the consent.

The unsuccessful amendment by Greens Murray Matson, Philipa Veitch and Lindsay Shurey read as follows.

That Council.

  1. join Waverley Council in commencing a legal challenge against the development consent issued for the redevelopment of the Sydney Football Stadium; and
  2. commence a public campaign requesting the Minister for Planning to cease any further demolition works and give proper consideration to design excellence provisions; and
  3. write to the leader of the NSW Opposition the Hon. Michael Daley, with a request that if Labor is elected to government at the March 23 State election, he will authorize the NSW State Government to reimburse Randwick City Council for costs incurred in pursuing the legal challenge.

The final successful motion put by Labor Councillor Tony Bowen will be available on the Council web site by noon tomorrow, Wednesday 30th of January 2019. Amongst other things it commits Randwick to spending $5,000 to commence a public campaign against the Liberal Minister for Planning on demolition works which are understood to commence tomorrow.

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

UPDATE – The Randwick Heritage Action Group has now been formed by residents. It wants to save Coogee’s heritage buildings and extend the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area. Please consider signing their petition.

Greens Councillor and candidate for Coogee Lindsay Shurey is  fighting to preserve the fine old homes of Coogee from demolition. She is seen here at the demolition site of a much loved home in Dudley Street.

Residents who value heritage protection for Coogee’s find old homes have until the 31st of January to make a submission for or against the demolition of 148 Brook Street.

A Development Application (Ref Number: DA/944/2018) has been lodged with Randwick City Council to demolish 148 Brook Street Coogee.
148 Brook Street is currently being assessed on its heritage value by the Council.  An attempt was made late last year to demolish it under complying development provisions that allow applicants to bypass Council involvement.
That attempt was blocked by residents contacting Council which intervened to place an Interim Heritage Order (IHO) on the dwelling.
But the applicant is now making a fresh attempt by submitting a formal Development Application to the Council. Here is a link to the proposal as it is listed on Randwick City Council’s online DA tracking site. https://planning.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Pages/XC.Track.Advanced/SearchApplication.aspx?id=636686
A submission can be lodged at council@randwick.nsw.gov.au.

NSW State election 2019 – Greens announce Kym Chappel as Heffron candidate – lawyer, activist and mum looking to shake up business as usual – 21st January 2019

Randwick Botany Greens are proud to announce their candidate for the seat of Heffron, Kym Chapple.

NSW Green Senator Mehreen Faruqi (left), Greens NSW state upper house candidate Abigail Boyd (3rd left), Randwick Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey (4th left), Randwick Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch (5th left) and Greens Newtown MP Jenny Leong (right) attended the preselection of Kym Chapple (2nd left) as their party’s candidate for the state seat of Heffron.
Kym Chapple – Greens 2019 candidate for the NSW state seat of Heffron

A spokesperson for the local greens said,

“We look forward to working with Kym to build on other Green successes in this area, including the election of Philipa Veitch to the West Ward of Randwick Council and many community wins on campaigns.”

Ms Chapple said:

“Heffron is diverse and growing rapidly, it’s a vibrant and
dynamic place to live, work and play but infrastructure isn’t keeping up with local need with schools, transport and community space under pressure.

“The buses and trains in our area are overcrowded and we
desperately need upgrades now, not years down the track.  But the priority of the Berejiklian government has been privatising transport with projects like Westconnex and knocking down stadiums rather than public transport.

“With half the residents of Heffron renting their homes we’ll be working closely with the community to improve renters’ rights and the right to secure, affordable housing that is not being delivered by the current system,” Ms Chapple said.

Background on Kym Chapple

Kym is a lawyer, activist and policy professional with extensive experience in campaigning for our communities and for the planet.

As the mother of two young children Kym is concerned about the shortage of parkland and open space for children to play in safely, as well as access to quality public education in the area.

Kym will be campaigning on the link between public green spaces and clean air with broader environmental issues and campaigns.

The Greens are planning a grassroots mobilisation in the electorate of Heffron, which contains voting booths recording some of the strongest Greens votes in the country, and borders the State seat of Heffron, held by Greens MP Jenny Leong.