The Petition Begins!
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Filled petition pages can be emailed or sent to saverandwick.com. Please contact us for details.
State Election Day
Thanks to a joint effort between Kingsford Precinct and SaveRandwick.com we were able to collect signatures at Rainbow St School and Randwick Girls School on March 26 (State Election Day). A local resident arranged for large banners to be printed (below) which enabled us to step up our awareness campaign. Locals worked in shifts and did a fantastic job. It is becoming increasingly evident that if not for the efforts of of a hand full of locals the majority of residents would simply not know about the Council proposals. This doubles our resolve and we hope to grow in strength and number as people stand up to fight against over-development of Randwick and Kingsford!
Above - Peter Garrett, Member for Kingsford Smith and Randwick resident, talks with some of the SaveRandwick team while Paul Pearce takes time out to support our campaign and sign the petition.
Below Left- A local resident collects signatures in front of the banner at Rainbow St Public School. Below Right - Local residents brave the weather to collect signatures at Randwick Girls School. Ironically the whole area could be cast in shadow if the Inglis development goes ahead as planned, those are the Inglis stables in the background!
The Spot Festival
Last Sunday (March 13 2011) The Spot Festival took place and 4 local residents spent less than 3 hours attracting around 500 signatures to their petition...
A Council initiative championed by Randwick Mayor and Green's Candidate for Maroubra, Murray Matson, is to rezone multiple sites within a 1 km radius circle (covering 314 hectares in area) centered on Botany St between UNSW and Prince of Wales from predominantly Residential 2A to Residential 2D (High density mixed use - read tower blocks). The Spot, Royal Randwick Racecourse, Paine Reserve, Struggletown are just a few of the areas impacted by this proposal which if developed to the letter of the law (or appealed to the Land & Environment Court) could see the area transformed into concrete canyons.
Indeed, Council staff and the Mayor appeared to believe this to be the dream result for Randwick residents when they released a "vision" of the various areas under this plan at their Walking Tour in late November (Walking Tour Nightmares).
Remember these are the same people who proposed building eight storey apartments on Heffron Park just a few years ago. It seems strange that the Green's candidate would be championing converting close to 10 hectares of Royal Randwick Racecourse to tower blocks of units but the pictures are worth a thousand words. It appears the race is on to get rid of green space in Randwick with Prince Henry, the nearby UNSW site, the Endeavour Hostel, Randwick Nissan, the Bundock St site (66 hectares) to name just a few.
Is Randwick City Council the most pro-development Council in Sydney? Actions do speak louder than words after all...
With parking already stretched due to hospitals, a university and schools, and traffic congestion already a serious and unrelenting issue, this rezoning cannot be allowed to simply go unchecked. The implications on traffic will effect all neighbouring suburbs.
Join us in our fight to stop this rezoning and save Randwick and Kingsford!