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What happened in the November 2019 Randwick Council Ordinary Meeting

Published Date
27/11/2019
News Topic
Council
Protect yarra bay

Randwick City Councillors met on Tuesday 26 November 2019 to consider a range of issues. Below is a summary of some of the outcomes. Council will next meet on Tuesday 10 December 2019.

Increase to number of kerbside clean-ups

Randwick City residents will have more flexibility to book free clean-up services when needed as part of changes to Council’s waste services set to commence from 2020. Currently all households are entitled to two free scheduled clean-ups and two free on-call clean-ups, but from next year scheduled clean-ups will reduce to once a year and on-call clean-ups will increase to five per year. More information

Food and garden organic collection

In October 2019 NSW Environmental Protection Agency confirmed it would no longer accept food waste extracted from general waste red-lidded rubbish bins. Rather, it encouraged councils to pursue Food and Garden Organics (FOGO) options. In a recent survey on residential waste services conducted by Council in July a majority of respondents supported Council investigating the collection of FOGO in green-lidded bins. This will mean a move to weekly collection for green-lidded bins and fortnightly for red-lidded bins. Council will use this information in the preparation of new tender documents for waste and recycling collection services to start in late 2020 or early 2021. More information will be supplied to residents about this important change over the coming 12 months. More information

Cruise Ship terminal

The fight to protect Yarra Bay and Molineux Point from a proposed cruise ship terminal continues as Council progresses with plans to lobby the government and support community opposition to the terminal. Randwick Council will write to the NSW State Government requesting the release of all information to the public relating to the Strategic Business Case for the proposed cruise ship terminal. Council also agreed to fly street banners in South Ward to support the grass roots fight against the cruise ship terminal.

Support for drought affected communities

Council will extend a helping hand to drought-affected sister cities Temora and Narrabri Shire councils. In response to hardships endured by NSW farmers, Council will donate $5,000 to Temora to assist with their Christmas street fair to ensure that local businesses are supported during times of difficulty, and $5,000 to Narrabri to assist their community with the pressures of drought and help organise the annual Mardi Gras event.

Inclusive swimming options

In co-operation with the Rainbow Club, Council will look at ways to increase the availability of swimming options throughout Randwick for people of all abilities. The Rainbow Club provides more than 1000 children with disabilities and their families with a weekly swim club. The Sunday swim club in Randwick City is held at Des Renford Leisure Centre.

Passing of former Mayor Mr Francis Amour

A minute’s silence was observed to mark the passing of former Mayor of Randwick, Mr Francis (Frank) Amour at 88 years of age. Mr Armour served on Council from 1962 to 1968 then 1971 to 1973. During this time he served as Deputy Mayor from 1971 to 1972 and Mayor from 1972 to 1973. “He absolutely lived, breathed and loved Randwick City,” recalled Labor Councillor Tony Bowen.

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