November 2nd 2013
This is a personal request from local Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson to environmentally concerned residents of Randwick City Council.
Please consider filling out this survey.
The Sustaining Our City Program has been the flagship environmental policy initiative of the local Greens since they first won the mayoralty of Randwick City Council in 2004.
When you are out strolling on Council’s coastal walkway you are probably walking on a section extended under the program.
If you have read about Randwick Council winning international awards for energy or water conservation initiatives then you are seeing the results of the program.
If you help plant Council trees once every year then you are actually participating in the program yourself.
There was a fierce and exciting battle on Council in 2004 to get the program voted in as a positive win for the local environment. And it is with enthusiasm that I am now inviting you to come out over the next few days to help the Greens win it again by filling out a simple online survey by the 7th November deadline.
This is how we as local environmentalists can contribute to making our own local Council area greener. It is a classic application of “Think Globally, Act Locally” to demonstrate our custodianship to the small part of the globe that we choose to live in.
Why do we need to do this? Because every five years Randwick Councillors re-vote on whether to continue the special rate levy (the “Environmental Levy”) that funds the program. Without this $1.80 raised each week per average household the scheduled environmental projects would have to be abandoned. But I know that with your support Councillors will see that a significant number of their fellow residents have made online submissions supporting the levy.
Randwick Council is conducting consultation up to the 7th November to gauge community support for the continuation of the levy and to advise Councillors before they vote. I urge you to visit the Council web site to see what is scheduled to be undertaken across the Council area over the next few years under the Sustaining Our City Program.
I ask that you support me and fellow Greens Councillor Lindsay Shurey by filling out the online survey before the 7th November deadline. I then ask that you email or contact your friends by social media urging them to do the same.
Randwick City Greens Councillor Murray Matson