Randwick Council unveils new plans for arts, open space, transport

Aerial view of the suburbs of Kensington (bottom half of picture), Randwick (top half of picture) and Coogee (in distance) within the Randwick City Council local government area. Image: Maksym Kozlenko/Panoramio, shared under Creative Commons 3.0 license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode.

By DAMIEN NOVAK

The Randwick City Council has released its much-anticipated new vision for arts, open space and transport within the local government area, identifying a raft of strategies, facilities and services to be delivered over the coming years.

Randwick Mayor Danny Said called on the community to view the plans and have their say, to ensure the community and council are on the same page.

“These strategies are important as they will form the basis of our four-year delivery programs and annual operational plans and budgets,” said the Mayor.

“The strategies are easy to read and help give the community a shared understanding of the strategic direction Council is headed.”

The plans are broadly grouped into three main categories: the Arts and Culture Strategy, the Integrated Transport Strategy, and the Open Space and Recreation Strategy.

The Arts and Culture Strategy calls for the transformation of the La Perouse Museum into a cultural hub, an increase in the number of First Nations festivals and events, and the implementation of a public arts program, among other measures.

The Integrated Transport Strategy involves the construction of an additional 30 kilometres of new cycleways, the development of a ‘green’ network of walking paths, new electric vehicle charging stations, and an ambitious aim for zero road fatalities and serious road injuries in the municipality by the year 2056.

The Open Space and Recreation Strategy includes the completion of the Coastal Walkway between Clovelly and La Perouse, a new BMX bike track, dedicated female amenities at all major sporting fields, advocating for public access to all of Malabar Headland, and investigating an off-leash dog beach as well as off-leash dog parks at Kensington, Kingsford and South Coogee.

Public webinars are being held for all three strategy areas, with an Arts and Culture Strategy webinar at 6.30pm on Monday, 21 June; an Integrated Transport Strategy webinar scheduled for 6.30pm, Tuesday, 22 June; and the Open Space and Recreation Strategy webinar slated for 6.30pm Wednesday, 23 June. 

The strategies and associated studies can be viewed at Randwick Council’s Your Say Randwick website, with hard copies available for viewing at council libraries, the Randwick City Council Customer Service Centre and the Des Renford Leisure Centre.

The strategies are on public exhibition for community comment until Monday, 28 June.