Summary from the June 2019 Randwick Council Ordinary Meeting

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Randwick Councillors met on Tuesday 25 June 2019 to consider a range of issues. Below is a summary of some of the outcomes. Council will next meet on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

Use of weed killer, glysophate, phased out

Glyphosate-based weedkillers such as Roundup are being phased out of Randwick Council operations as part of a trial of organic alternatives. Council will trial the use of a naturally occurring Nonanoic acid product sold as ‘Slasher Weedkiller’ as part of its weed management program in parks, open spaces, garden beds and footpaths. Read more here.

South Coogee to Kingsford cycleway

Councillors voted to approve a proposed 1.9km cycleway connecting South Coogee with Kingsford, however the matter will return to the next Council Meeting after three Councillors lodged a rescission motion following the meeting. A rescission motion has the effect of suspending the decision until such time as Council can vote on whether to rescind the original decision.

Should the project proceed, Council would seek funding from the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to construct the cycleway. The project is part of Randwick Council’s bicycle strategy to improve walking and cycling options along Bundock St, Avoca St and Sturt St and to connect with the new light rail terminus and other bike paths to the UNSW, Centennial Park and the City CBD.

Objection to late notice of increased levy

The Emergency Service Levy contributions from councils across NSW has increased by 11% for the 2019/20 financial year, which will result in an unanticipated cost of $256,110 for all Randwick Council. Mayor Kathy Neilson will write to the NSW Premier, NSW Interim Opposition Leader, NSW Minister for Customer Services, NSW Minister for Local Government and Local State members objecting, in the strongest terms, to the increased levy as well as the late notification.

Support for Taste of Coogee Festival

Funding of $6000 will go towards supporting the Taste of Coogee Festival. The annual event, now in its sixth year, is a two-day food and wine festival that takes place at Coogee Oval. The profitable event has gone from strength to strength and brings many of Sydney’s top food and wine providores to Coogee and supports local businesses.

Support worker parking in Randwick City

Support workers and medical professionals who offer in-home support to residents will soon have access to a parking permit scheme that provides exemption from some parking restrictions. The permits are currently available for use across the City of Sydney and Inner West Council Local Government Areas and will extend those exemptions to the Randwick City area. The permit is valid only while the support worker is doing home visits. The permit does not allow the holders to park in clearways, no stopping, no parking, bus, loading, work, truck or disabled parking zones.

Strategic plan for parks and playgrounds

Green space, parks and playgrounds will be the focus of a new community consultation to devise a strategic plan for parks and playgrounds within Randwick City to upgrade the amenity of these spaces to meet community expectations.

Improvements to be made to accessibility

More members of Randwick City’s diverse community, particularly the aged, NDIS recipients and others with access or mobility needs and other forms of social disadvantage, will have easier access to Council-run events. Council will investigate ways in which to remove barriers and increase inclusion in all future cultural, educational, entertainment and sporting events and activities run by Council.

Council joins Mayoral taskforce for people seeking asylum

Randwick Council will join a national coalition of concerned Councils that advocate against federal government changes to income support for people seeking asylum. The Local Government Mayoral Taskforce comprises 23 councils that wish to see a stop to federal government cuts and a full reinstatement of the Status Resolution Support Services.

2019-20 Operational Plan and Budget

The Draft Randwick City Council 2019-20 Operational Plan, Recommended Fees and Charges, and Draft Budget for 2019-20 were accepted.

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