Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Randwick Council must give residents more time for high rise land grab discussion paper
This is just not good enough.
Estimates given me of the population impact of this proposal range from 2000 to 20000 people. Whichever end of the spectrum, locals must be thoroughly informed and given the time it takes to comprehend and comment.
The proposed change provides no guarantees for transport systems that are so desperately needed. Schools hardly get a mention, let alone are they represented on "Technical Working Group". Prince of Wales Hospital is clearly underfunded and stretched beyond its limits right now as is just about every government service you can think of. This community must be treated with respect and given the time it takes to fully understand and respond to this Discussion Paper. It is sick of endlessly squeezing sideways to accommodate more and more with less and less. Neglect appears to be the name of the game. At the end of the walking tour, residents expressed their concern that the bulk of the community remains ignorant of this proposal that aims to rezone Randwick for high rise and to allow for year-round festivals and conventions in a plan cooked up between the University of New South Wales, the Australian Jockey Club, the Health Service and the Council.
Locals were alarmed at the plans they saw for tower block after tower block on the Racecourse lands and overlooking the schools on Avoca and Rainbow Streets. Other residents were surprised to find that a year long entertainment venue was proposed for the racecourse near its boundary to a residential precinct.
People need to see for themselves that the Racecourse lands are proposed to be landlocked by eight storey buildings. Isn't the Racecourse on Crown Land? Randwick is set to become a high rise suburb. Tall buildings are expected to stretch along High Street, Wansey Rd and Barker St.
People need time to fully appreciate the impact these proposals will have on light, wind, congestion,view corridors, access to open space, wildlife habitats, noise, and mass movements of people all year round - and on the public interest in general. The community needs to begin to understand the intensification and change of uses proposed for this very large area from The Spot, along Rainbow St to Anzac Parade and stretching to Alison Rd. This is our backyard and we're entitled to have our say.
The closing date for public comment on the Randwick Council Discussion paper on these proposals is 17th December and most people are telling me they had no idea about this discussion paper. Now they have to make their submissions before Christmas. This is simply disrespectful of the community. It is important that the community knows that this is only one of six discussion papers it is being asked to comprehend and comment on over the next months in this process of transferring to a "Comprehensive" Local Environment Plan. The Minister for Planning has required all Councils to rejig their zoning codes. In Randwick, this means a golden opportunity for overdevelopment on an unprecedented scale.
The Coogee electorate in which this area is located is already the most densely populated electorate in NSW. More than 75% of residents already live in medium and high density situations. The population is on a natural growth trajectory without adding more.
The closing date for consultation on this Discussion paper must be extended until April - after the State election - so that full and fair public debate can occur.
For those who haven't yet seen it the link is: http://www.randwick.nsw.gov.au/Your_Coun...
Give yourself more than a cuppa to get through this one
Disclosure: This article was written and published by Sue Doran, the Greens candidate for Coogee.