Council Meeting wrap-up for July

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Council wrap up July

Randwick Councillors met online for their ordinary Council Meeting on 27 July 2021 to consider a range of important matters including sewerage overflow in Coogee, a COVID relief package, updates on FOGO implementation and to adopt a number of important strategies.

The following is a summary of just some of the matters discussed. To see the full Council reports check out the Council Meeting Business paper.

Council support for COVID impacted businesses

Randwick Council will provide a community support package for Randwick City businesses and community groups impacted by the current COVID lockdown. The package includes waiving a range of Council fees including interest on overdue fees and charges, outdoor dining fees, environmental health inspection fees and DA fees for small businesses. [Read full story]

Randwick backs the vax  

Randwick Council is throwing its support behind the benefits of vaccination. Councillors resolved to adopt a pro-vaccination approach and actively use Council resources to encourage residents to get vaccinated. More information will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

Council seeks action on Coogee sewage overflow

Hundred-year-old sewerage pipes which overflowed with raw sewage onto Carrington Road for many days should be urgently repaired and managed by Sydney Water. Randwick Council resolved to call on Sydney Water to immediately rectify the situation as well as seeking legislative changes by the State Government to give them greater powers to repair privately owned sewer pipes where there is an unacceptable risk to health or the environment.

Residents embrace FOGO service

Randwick City residents have saved more than 1,400 tonnes of food and organic waste from going to landfill as part a new FOGO service that commenced in March 2021. The good news is the amount of content in the FOGO green bin is up and red bin waste content is down. Find out more including how to order more caddy bag liners if you’ve run out. [Read full story]

Bold visions adopted for transport and open spaces

Bold strategies for the future of transport and open space were adopted by Council following a month-long consultation and hundreds of submissions from the community. Each of the strategies includes objectives and detailed strategic approaches including trialling an offleash dog beach, identifying a site for a BMX bike track, building more cycleways and aiming for zero road fatalities by 2056. The Arts and Culture Strategy was deferred to enable a briefing of Councillors.

Cash for good causes

Eight community organisations will receive $120,000 in funding as part of the latest round of Council’s Community Partnerships Funding Program. The funds will go to community groups Beaches Outreach Project, Ethnic Community Services, Karitane, Kooloora, The Burger Centre, The One Box Group, Waverley Action for Youth Services and Weave Youth Services.

Helping hand for businesses going plastic free

A fulltime project officer will be employed to help make Randwick City plastic free under a partnership between Council and the Boomerang Alliance – a not-for-profit environmental organisation running a national Plastics Free Program. The new role would work with local cafes and food outlets to help them replace or find alternatives to single use plastics.

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