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Council Meeting wrap-up for September 2021

Published Date
29/09/2021
News Topic
Council
The Coogee Rainbow Walkway is here to stay.

Randwick Councillors met online for their ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 28 September 2021 to consider a range of important issues including the Coogee Rainbow Walkway, opposing the Matraville incinerator, a Christmas bus program and future plans for the La Perouse Museum.

The following is a summary of just some of the matters discussed. To see the full Council reports and minutes check out the Council Meeting Business paper. Audio from the meeting is available on Council’s Youtube channel.

Council calls on Minister to rule out incinerator plan

Randwick Council will write to the NSW Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean requesting clarification that the NSW Government’s new Energy from Waste Infrastructure Plan will prohibit a proposed incinerator at Matraville. The new plan, announced earlier this month, prohibits building new energy from waste facilities in the Sydney basin but leaves open a loophole for existing industry wishing to burn waste to replace less environmentally sound fuel sources to produce energy such as coal or petroleum-based fuels. The Opal papermill at Matraville has teamed up with waste company SUEZ and is proposing to build a waste to energy facility just 130 metres from people’s homes. However the existing Opal papermill already uses natural gas to produce electricity which is widely considered as a cleaner fuel source than waste to energy. Council will ask the Minister to rule out waste to energy facilities as an option for industry already using cleaner fuel sources such as natural gas.

Coogee Rainbow Walkway made permanent

A rainbow walkway installed on the Coogee Beach promenade in February 2021 will remain indefinitely after Council unanimously supported a Mayoral Minute by Mayor Danny Said to make it a permanent public art fixture. The 50m-long rainbow was installed in the lead up to the Sydney Mardi Gras as a celebration of diversity and inclusiveness and has continued to receive support from the community during the COVID lockdown. The rainbow follows the existing arch shape of the beach promenade and has become a much-loved and much-photographed addition to the beach receiving national media coverage.

The Santa bus is coming to town

A one-horse open Christmas bus playing Christmas carols and featuring none other than Santa will be touring the streets of Randwick City this December bringing COVID-safe Christmas cheer to residents young and old. The innovative idea along with a pop-up music program and extended decorations in town centres will help mark Christmas in Randwick City in a fun way. Council made the difficult decision in August to cancel its usual Christmas carol events due to the uncertainty around public health orders and insufficient time to plan and manage potential COVID-safety measures for public gatherings.

Council to balance impact of Coogee Outdoor Gym on local residents

Use of an outdoor gym located at Neptune Park in Coogee will be restricted in a bid by Council to manage the impact of the popular new facility on nearby local residents. Operating hours of the gym will now be limited to 7am to 9pm, commercial use by fitness trainers will be prohibited and artificial lighting and music will also be banned. The arrangements will be reviewed after six months. The new facility was installed in February 2021 and is Council’s sixth outdoor gym. Find an outdoor gym near you.

Support for WEAVE Kool Kids Club

Council will provide $22,000 to the WEAVE Kool Kids program to provide targeted youth support programs to young people across Randwick City. WEAVE Kool Kids Club, for 20 years, has provided important support and care to local children, young people and families facing complex social issues such as poverty, family breakdown and mental health issues. The new funding arrangement will go towards recreational activities and advocacy programs to improve social health and wellbeing.

Plans afoot for new Maroubra community garden

A new community garden could soon be established in Maroubra after Council formally supported the lodgement of a development application for the idea. The new garden is proposed to be located off Wride Street between Duncan Street and the school grounds of Maroubra Bay Public School. Randwick Council has a Community Garden Policy and actively supports community groups in setting up community gardens.

Plans progress for La Perouse Museum upgrade

Council will commence consultation with the La Perouse Aboriginal community about plans to upgrade the La Perouse Museum as part of the next stage of the project’s development. The Museum was handed over to Council in 2017 as part of a lease from the State Government and Council has been undertaking investigations and preliminary design work to develop a concept plan to upgrade the building. The existing building is in a state of disrepair and does not meet accessibility requirements and does not adequately serve current community needs. A concept plan has now been endorsed by the Council for consultation which proposes upgrading the building to modern standards, expanding the museum footprint, creating a new entry and pedestrian forecourt and a new Museum wing containing a multi-purpose venue for educational, curatorial and cultural programs as well as being available for public hire. Costs for the program are estimated at up to $35M which would be subject to a future funding strategy and high level advocacy at a State and National level.

Media enquiries:
Chelsea Hunter – 0419 694 983 or chelsea.hunter@randwick.nsw.gov.au
Joshua Hay – 0402 351 459 or joshua.hay@randwick.nsw.gov.au

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