May Council wrap up

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Randwick Councillors met on Tuesday 28 May 2019 to consider a range of issues. Below is a summary of some of the outcomes. Council will next meet on Tuesday 25 June 2019.

East-west cycleway route chosen

Randwick Council has supported the proposed Bundock Street, Avoca Street, Sturt Street cycleway route as the preferred east-west route between South Coogee and Kingsford. Eight other routes were considered, however they presented issues, including tree and parking loss, being too circuitous and some routes had steep hills. The design for the route will now be refined in response to community feedback to minimise tree loss as much as possible. A report is expected to be presented to Council in the coming months.

K2K Planning Proposal to be exhibited

The Kingsford to Kensington Planning Proposal will soon go on exhibition for public comments and feedback. The proposal outlines the planning controls, urban design approach, affordable housing goals and plans to improve community amenity for the two town centres, specifically along the Anzac Parade corridor. The draft planning strategy was initiated to control the strategic development of the town centres and has received the approval of the Department of Planning and Environment.

Council explores potential for sidewalk talks

A volunteer program that offers active, intentional listening to anyone who wishes to speak about anything may soon appear on the streets of Randwick City. The peer-to-peer community listening project, which is based on the Sidewalk Talk project in San Francisco, has potential to build social cohesion, personal resilience, celebrate diversity, reduce social exclusion and develop human connection. The feasibility of implementing the project will be explored and a report returned to Council in the following months.

Screening of silent film at Ritz Cinema

The silent filmwork of Australian director Franklyn Barrett will be celebrated at an upcoming event at the Ritz Cinema, accompanied by a live band playing a score specifically composed for the film. Barrett, an acclaimed director and cinematographer, was a Randwick resident whose home, Barrett House, has been left to Council as a heritage item to be used for community purposes. From 1919 to 1926 fifteen silent films were developed, printed and edited at Barrett House, including Australian classics The Breaking of the Drought and A Girl of the Bush.

50th anniversary of the Wrapping of Little Bay by Christo and Jean-Claude

From Sunday 31 August, Randwick City Library will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Christo and Jean-Claude’s Wrapping of Little Bay with an exhibition featuring artefacts, documentary work and historical press clippings. The anniversary, which is a landmark global event, artistically and culturally, will also be commemorated with a public talk on Friday 13 September from John Kaldor, who originally commissioned the work.

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