Randwick City Councillors met on Tuesday 23 June 2020 to consider a range of issues, including Meriton's Little Bay Cove proposal, a pop-up pedal park in winter, the new Community Investment Program and trialling a sunscreen vending machine.
Randwick Council rejects Meriton 22 storey high rise plan for Little Bay
A planning proposal by Meriton seeking to build a hotel, shops and almost 2,000 new apartments in buildings up to 22 storeys high at Little Bay has been formally refused. Council accepted the assessment by its staff that the proposal lacked strategic merit and was inconsistent with existing planning strategies for the area, including the State Government’s Eastern City District Plan and Council’s Local Strategic Planning Statement and Housing Strategy.
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Rural students supported via annual Mayoral donation
An annual donation of $1500 each will be made to two foundations that assist high school students in rural areas to access and pursue further studies, training and vocational opportunities. The donation, awarded as part of the Mayoral Contingency Fund, will be made to two foundations operating in Randwick City Council sister cities, Temora and Narrabri. The Temora & District Education Fund Incorporated and the Namoi chapter of the Country Education Foundation provide financial assistance and support to local students.
Community Investment Program will inject $1M into community projects
A new grants and donations framework, called the Community Investment Program, will allow a broader range of applicants to access $1M in Council funding for the community and will include a dedicated creative arts stream. The Community and Cultural grants program and Partnerships Funding program will be incorporated into the new framework. Introduced in response to the global coronavirus pandemic, the program will respond to current needs and direct funds to projects, events or activities that encourage connection, participation and social inclusion. The program guidelines have been adopted on an interim basis and will be awarded to local applicants while guidelines are on public exhibition for comment.
Council to trial pop-up pedal parks in Clovelly and Chifley
Sections of Clovelly Beach and Chifley Sports Reserve car parks will be temporarily turned into pop-up pedal parks. The pop-ups will provide a safe and accessible space for local families to use for outdoor recreation such as bike riding, scooter riding and ball games. The pop-up pedal parks will be in place from Friday 26 June to Monday 31 August 2020.
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Maroubra Road and Mons Ave intersection works on hold
The revised design to improve the safety of the intersection of Maroubra Road, Mons Avenue and Cooper Street, Maroubra has been placed on hold. Any future changes to the intersection will instead be considered as part of the larger Maroubra Road Strategic Study. The study will examine the road safety performance of Maroubra Road, the existing and future operation of the road and the conditions faced by vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.
Sunscreen vending machine installed at Coogee Beach
A new sunscreen vending machine is being trialled at Coogee Beach, providing access to convenient, reliable sunscreen that beach-goers can continue to reapply throughout their visit. The vending machine dispenses SPF50 sunscreen for 50c per 10ml via touchscreen, with payment made by card. Council officers will monitor the impact of the coastal environment and utilisation of the unit over the summer 2020-21 period, with a view to rolling out more machines if the trial proves successful.
Council opposes bus privatisation plans.
Council will write to the Minister for Transport, Andrew Constance, seeking a guarantee that 16 bus routes servicing Coogee, Maroubra and Sydney’s south-east currently under threat of privatisation will not be cancelled and will maintain or improve current service levels. Council will also ask that any change to routes, frequencies, or bus stop locations in the future be subject to thorough community notification and consultation.
Support for our Aboriginal Community
Council will write to Prime Minister Scott Morrison as well as Federal and State Attorneys General expressing disappointment that no significant actions have been taken since the ‘Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 1987-1991’ was published. Mayor Danny Said will meet with the local Aboriginal Land Council and Local Area Commander to address any concerns locally.