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.


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

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

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.
A submission can be lodged at

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.

A wrap up of what the Greens Councillors of Randwick City Council worked on from 2017 to 2018 – January 17th 2019

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Randwick Greens Councillors Lindsay Shurey (1st left), Murray Matson (2nd right) and Philipa Veitch (1st right) seen here during the 2017 Council elections with James Cruz (2nd left) now the Greens 2019 NSW state election candidate for Heffron

It has been a huge eighteen months for the Greens on Randwick Council, with a strong vote recorded across the LGA in the Sept 2017 Local Government elections. Incumbents Lindsay Shurey and Murray Matson were re-elected, with Philipa Veitch newly elected for the Greens in West Ward.  Lindsay Shurey was elected as Randwick Council’s second only female Mayor, stepping down in September 2018 to run as the Greens candidate for the seat of Coogee in the upcoming State election.

We have worked hard to progress important issues on the environment, social justice, and heritage in this last 18 months, campaigning hard on the Marriage Equality debate, winning support for victims of domestic violence, banning single use plastics on council and at council events, protecting precious heritage buildings from developers, and winning major amendments in our 20 Year Randwick City Plan to increase tree canopy, reduce waste, and move towards net-zero emissions by 2030.

In 2019 we will continue to work with our local community and the Randwick Botany Greens on a range of important issues, and welcome your ideas, input and support!

Statement from Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey – North Ward Randwick City Council and Mayor Sept 2017-Sept 2018

To me my greatest achievement as Mayor was the work I did in the domestic violence mitigation area. Here is a summary.

  • The setting aside of some of our affordable housing for domestic violence victims.
  • Having a domestic Violence leave Policy for Council Staff – the first in NSW and lauded by the unions.
  • Providing a place in Randwick for domestic violence counselling services.
  • Finding money for the completion of The Hub in Lexington Place.
  • Brokering a deal that sent Sydney Symphony into our poorest school, La Perouse Public School.
  • Providing Council Staff and Long Bay Gaol workers to assist our poorest schools.
  • Putting cycling and pedestrian safety at the top of Council’s agenda.
  • Winning the support of Council on the Same Sex Marriage vote debate.
  • Member of the following council committees: Australia Day; Greening Randwick (Deputy Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Environment; Coogee Bay Floodplain and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

Statement from Greens Councillor Murray Matson – East Ward Randwick CIty Council

I was active in the following Randwick City Council or Local Government NSW issues.

  • Extension of the Dudley Street Heritage Conservation Area to protect more of Coogee’s older dwellings.
  • Heritage studies into protecting the strip of Coogee dwellings from 39 Dudley Street to 152 Brook Street.
  • Urging the NSW Government to achieve net-zero emissions by 2030.
  • Calling on the NSW Government to ban plastic bags in NSW as soon as possible.
  • Supporting a review of State Environmental Planning Policy for affordable Rental Housing .
  • Recognising the need to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and oppose Adani.
  • Lobbying TfNSWfor to ensure safety on the shared Alison Road bike path.
  • Identifying the WestConnex’s St Peters interchange as likely to increase traffic in Alison Rd, Anzac Pde and Dacey Ave.
  • Lobbying Australian Councillors to support a national target of net zero equivalent CO2 emissions by 2030.
  • Reconstituting the Council’s Environment Committee to after its disbanding.
  • Seeking legal advice on challenging a new Dan Murphy’s liquor store in Brook Street Coogee..
  • Attempted to break the prohibitive monopoly that Ausgrid has in undergrounding of power lines.
  • Calling on the federal Government to suspend the rollout of small cell mobile phone facilities.
  • Achieving power bill relief for Randwick residents.
  • Working with the community and other Councillors to ameliorate storm water discharges at Coogee Beach.
  • Working to address issues that emerged during the public consultation for the proposed South Coogee to Kingsford separated bike path;
  • Member of the following council committees: Aboriginal Consultative (Chair); Community Affairs; Older Person’s Advisory; Power Bill Relief (Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Coogee Bay Floodplain and delegate to the Eastern Region LG Aboriginal and TSI Forum; Sydney Planning Panel and the Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

Statement from Greens Councillor Philipa Veitch – West Ward Randwick City Council

In 2018 I have worked hard to champion the rights of residents impacted by major infrastructure developments such as the CSELR Light Rail, the POW Hospital re-development and the Sydney Football stadium. My work in 2018 has included:

  • Fighting for assistance for residents affected by the POW Hospital redevelopment.
  • Making a submission to the Banking Royal Commission regarding changes to Banks’ lending policies on company title.
  • Advocating for residents affected by domestic and family violence, and winning a $300,000 support plan for a local domestic violence support service.
  • Fighting to protect our National Parks and our critically endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.
  • Calling for a report to achieve targets in relation to greenhouse gas emissions (net zero emissions by 2030), energy and water sustainability and tree canopy coverage.
  • Making a referral to the Minister and Secretary for Planning, the EPA and the NSW Ombudsman regarding CSELR breaches of consent conditions.
  • Committing council to a Weed Management Review and increasing Food Waste Collection.
  • Supporting residential renters in the Randwick LGA.
  • Re-convened council’s Cultural Advisory Committee (Chair) to progress arts and culture in the Randwick LGA.
  • Member of the following council committees: Randwick City Night Time Economy; Environment (Deputy Chair); Community Affairs (Deputy Chair); Greening Randwick (Chair); Cycleway and Bike Facilities; Green Square and West Kensington Floodplain; Kensington and Centennial Park Floodplain; Digital Strategy; Randwick Health and Education Precinct Steering Committee; and delegate to the NSW Public Library Association.

Residents outraged as ceiling and carpets stripped out of Coogee dwelling being assessed for heritage protection by Randwick City Council – 8th December 2018

Greens candidate for Coogee Lindsay Shurey has called on Labor candidate Marjorie O’Neill and Liberal candidate Bruce Notley-Smith to ask their party’s Randwick City Councillors to vote against an attempt to block heritage protection for some Coogee dwellings at this Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Horrified Coogee residents saw a work team start stripping out ceilings and carpets from 148 Brook Street Coogee at 8am (Sat. 8th Dec. 2018) just days before Randwick City Councillors vote on whether to proceed with seeking heritage protection for the dwelling.

The call came after horrified residents rang Greens Councillor Murray Matson to alert him that workers had started removing ceilings and carpets from 148 Brook Street Coogee at 8am this morning. The removals come just days before Randwick City Councillors vote on whether to continue with seeking heritage protection for the dwelling along with neighbouring properties.

Last month Randwick City Council resolved to seek State Government approval to put 148 Brook Street’s proposed heritage listing on public exhibition. But the decision has to be re-debated on Tuesday night because Liberal Councillors have lodged a ‘rescission motion’  against it.

Ms Shurey, who is also a Greens Councillor, has called on other Coogee candidates to not to support the attempted overturning of the protection decisions.

“I call on the Liberal and Labor candidates for Coogee to ask their party representatives on Randwick City Council not to support the rescission motions at Tuesday night’s meeting.”

Councillor Matson states that yesterday a private certifier advised residents by a letter box notified residents that he given approval for 148 Brook Street to be demolished in 14 days time. A developer now no longer needs to get Council approval to demolish existing dwellings if the proposal ticks all the boxes as ‘complying development’. He said this morning,

“Peoples wonder why I am trying get various Coogee dwellings heritage listed. But they don’t understand that these days all a developer has to do to bulldoze one of Coogee’s fine old homes is to get a private Principal Certifying Authority to tick it off as complying development. Then there is nothing that Council can do. But by getting these homes heritage protected I can force developers to submit an old style Development Application to Council’s Planning department where it will have to be properly assessed. I am fighting a rear guard action against the fast tracking of demolitions in Coogee.”


“The heritage study rates the heritage significance of the building as “contributory”. In view of this assessment, the property at No. 148 Brook Street is determined to be significant in terms of the historical and aesthetic criteria of the NSW Heritage Office guidelines for assessing heritage significance and therefore warrants local heritage listing. Historically, the property is associated with a significant historical phase being the Interwar period and expresses through its fabric, continuity in this historical process. Aesthetically, the property shows distinctive aesthetic qualities in its form/composition including its original architectural detail and internal layout thus exemplifying the Interwar architectural style exceptionally well.” (Director City Planning Report No. CP57/18 Subject: Heritage Study of properties in Dudley Street and Brook Street, Coogee.  Randwick City Council 2018)

Update on proposed heritage protection for older houses in Coogee – 28th November 2018