Turf wars washup – Why we decided to keep Rabbitohs banners flying in Coogee

The turf war is now settled – Rabbitohs banners are flying at Coogee and Kensington and Roosters banners at Clovelly and Randwick. But some Roosters and Rabbitohs fans are not happy. Mayor Scott Nash explains how Council analysed the results.

“Roosters are not happy” screams the Southern Courier this week, “blokes at work voted for Souths 27 times” says a Roosters’ supporter and “you didn’t have to give any evidence of where you lived” says another.

This is the response to Randwick City Council’s turf wars community consultation – and it seems everybody has something to say.

I’ve even had emails from Souths supporters asking why Rabbitohs banners are not flying in Clovelly given more people voted Souths than Roosters.

Well, sometimes you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t!

But I owe it to the supporters of both teams, our residents and all those that voted to give you the full story on how we settled the turf wars once and for all.

So here goes…

In September 2014 Randwick City Council embarked on its biggest and possibly most controversial community consultation campaign ever.

The question was simple – where should we fly Sydney Roosters banners and where should we fly South Sydney Rabbitohs banners?

The answer was a little more complex. In just seven days, a staggering 5,000 people took part in an online survey, #turfwar trended on Twitter, Russell Crowe called on Souths supporters to stand tall and the communications machines of the Roosters and Rabbitohs cranked into full gear.

Of the 5,000 responses, 73 per cent were from Rabbitohs supporters, 22 per cent from Roosters supporters, and the remaining 5 per cent supported either both or neither teams.

But this wasn’t a popularity contest, nor was it just about local residents.

And the results…


Chifley Playground

New Playground for Chilfley Reserve.

Nominations for the working group have now closed.

We are looking for parents who would like to be part of a working group to help develop the design and chose equipment for a new playground in Chifley Reserve.

Randwick City Council wants the new playground to cater for children of all abilities.We aim to design and build a playground for children with and without disabilities, where they have opportunities to play together, one that encourages all children to explore, imagine, create, learn and just have fun playing with friends.

For the working group we are specially looking for:

  • parents living in Matraville or La Perouse and surrounding suburbs
  • and parents living in Randwick City who have a child with special needs.

The working group will have local parents, parents of children with special needs, disability support specialists and Council staff who are playground designers. It is anticipated that the working group will meet three to four times between October and December 2014.

You can nominate to be part of the working group here.


Chifley Skate Park

Randwick City Council is building a new $700,000 skate park in Chifley Reserve, off Bunnerong Road.

To help design the new skate park, Council set up an advisory group of local experienced skaters, skate park design specialists and Council landscape designers.

This group developed the design for this exciting new facility.The skate park will include a pump hump, euro gap, hubbas, grind rails, a boomerang bowl, taco, transitions, and a wedge bank with hubas. The designs have been presented at the local precinct committees meetings at La Perouse and Matraville.

The design includes shelter and weather screening, seating and landscaping with native plants.

The simple robust modular shade structure and laser cut steel screening walls will now use skate silhouette images.

See the artist perspectives and have a look at rhe indicative drawings and plans for further information.

The inclusion of a skate park in Chifley Reserve was an outcome of the community consultations undertaken in development of the Chifley Reserve Plan of Management.

You are invited to  Ask questions of Council about the plans up to 15 September 2014.

Thank you to everyone who asked a question. We will be responding to the final questions over the next fortnight.


Coogee Town Centre

A report is going to the Council Works Committee meeting of 10 February 2015 with recommendations on the concept streetscape designs for Coogee Bay Road. You can see a copy of this report at: Works Committee Business Paper(External link)

Randwick City Council wants to improve Coogee town centre and the beachside parks, making them more enjoyable and pleasant places for everyone.

Coogee Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Australia and attracts many locals, Sydneysiders and visitors from home and abroad.

Please complete our survey below to tell us what you think about:

  • the look and feel of Coogee Bay Road
  • toilet facilities at Coogee Beach and surrounding parks and
  • alcohol consumption in beachside parks.

We have sent letters and hard copies of the survey with Reply Paid envelopes to all residents, ratepayers and business operators in Coogee. You can, if you prefer, complete the survey on-line.

The deadline for the return of the survey is this Friday, 20 June 2014.


Budget and Operational Plan 2014-15

Council adopted the 2014-15 Operational Plan, Budget and Schedule of Fees and Charges at the Council meeting of 24 June 2014.

The adopted Operational Plan, Budget and Fees and Charges Schedule are on this page in the Budget papers section. You can see the Council report at: Council Business Papers(External link)

The following is the information we posted as part of the consultations.

We want to know your ideas on what we have planned for the coming year.

Randwick City Council’s draft $158 million 2014-15 Budget and Operational Plan will maintain our record $32 million direct investment in capital works, which includes road resurfacing, new footpaths, parks and building upgrades across Randwick City.

Some of the highlights of the budget include $4.3 million to build new public toilets, showers and changerooms at Coogee Beach on the lower promenade where the Lifeguard office is located, $3 million to upgrade Coogee Bay Road and bury powerlines, $800,000 to extend the Coastal Walkway, a new Council website, an upgrade to the Mahon Pool toilets and changerooms in Maroubra, $100,000 to refurbish the La Perouse Museum and $280,000 to install a stormwater harvesting system at Maroubra Beach. Check out our special budget newsletter(External link) for a snapshot.


  • Draft 2014-15 Budget
  • Draft 2014-15 Operational Plan
  • Draft 2014-15 Fees & Charges

Check out what is planned for your suburb:

  • Coogee & South Coogee
  • Kensington
  • Kingsford
  • Malabar
  • Maroubra
  • Matraville and Chifley
  • Phillip Bay, Little Bay and La Perouse
  • Randwick and Clovelly

You can let us know your thoughts by sending a submission through this site or by joining in the community conversation on our discussion forum.

The deadline for comments and submisions is 3 June 2014.

You can also see hard copies of the Budget documents at Council’s Customer Services Centre, 30 Frances Street


The future of the Kensington Bowling Club site

Randwick Council considered a report on the future of the former Kensington Bowling Club at its meeting on Tuesday 22 July 2014.

To see the report go to: Council reports(External link)

This community consultation has closed. 

Following the closure of the Kensington Bowling Club, we want your ideas on the plans to upgrade this site, how the centre can meet the needs of residents and provide best value for money for our community.

Randwick City Council has decided to upgrade the former Bowling Club site in Kensington Park and convert the building into a community centre with the grounds used for a half basketball court, fields for 5-a-side soccer, seniors’ outdoor gym and car parking.

See the Library on this site for the plans for the community centre and grounds. Copies of the plans are also at Council’s Administration Building, 30 Frances Street, Randwick and at the Bowen Library in Maroubra Junction.

You can send us your comments, by completing our on-line survey.

Drop into the Bowling Club building between 10.30am and 2:30pm on Saturday 1 March 2014 to meet and discuss the project with Council staff and the project architect.

The deadline for comments: Midday, Wednesday 19 March 2014.

More information: Contact Council 1300 722 542 or link)

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Local Government Reform

Tell us what you think of local government reform and amalgamations.In 2012, the State Government appointed an Independent Local Government Review Panel to undertake a review of local government.

In the same year, the Government also appointed the Local Government Acts Taskforce to rewrite the Local Government Act.

Both the Panel and Taskforce have completed their final reports and the State Government has placed these reports on public exhibition for comment until 4 April 2014.

The Review Panel report includes 65 recommendations for local government in NSW, including the creation of a ‘global city’ combining City of Sydney, Waverley, Woollahra, Botany Bay and Randwick Councils.

Both the Review Panel Report and Taskforce Report are available to view on the Division of Local Government website.

Randwick City Council has prepared a draft submission to both these reviews and we want your comments.

How to have your say

  1. Read Randwick Council’s draft submission on the reports
  2. Provide your comments through our feedback form or by emailing or in writing addressed to the General Manager Randwick City Council 30 Frances Street RANDWICK NSW 2031.
  3. You can also take a quick poll about amalgamations or register on this site and join in the community discussions
Your feedback to Council’s draft submission will be carefully considered and reported to the Council Meeting on the 25 March 2014 to help inform Council’s final submission.
We also encourage you to lodge submissions about the two reviews directly with the Office of Local Government.
The closing date for comments on the Randwick City Council draft submission into Local Government reform is 17 March 2014.
This will enable time for Council to consider the community feedback and finalise our submission to the State Government by 4 April 2014.

Draft s94A Plan 2015 and draft DCP amendments

Have your say on our new draft Section 94A Development Contributions Plan (s94A Plan) and draft DCP amendments

The new draft s94A Plan 2015 is on public exhibition for community comment until Friday 13 February 2015. It gives details of proposed developer levies and the funding for new and ongoing capital works projects including:

  • Support measures associated with the City/South East Light Rail
  • Undergrounding of overhead power lines in Kingsford Town Centre
  • Upgrades to the La Perouse Museum and Randwick Literary Institute
  • Bunnerong Gymnastics Centre and Heffron Park Indoor Sports Centre, and
  • Harvesting storm water.

The draft s94A Plan also includes a revised map and population projections based on recently released statistical data.

To support the draft s94A Plan, Council also resolved to exhibit amendments to the Randwick Development Control Plan (draft DCP) to introduce new controls on the undergrounding of overhead power lines in Kingsford Town Centre and in other areas in Randwick City.

You can make submissions:

  • through the submissions function on this site
  • by email to link)
  • by mail to General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street Randwick NSW 2031.

Full details of the new draft s94A Plan, the draft DCP and associated Council reports are in the Documents Library of this site.

For more information contact Asanthika Kappagoda, Senior Strategic Planner on 9399 0849.


Community Light Rail Support Plan Committee (CLRSPC)

The Community Light Rail Support Plan Committee (CLRSPC) is a voluntary committee convened by Randwick City Council comprising resident and business representatives from across Randwick City.

The Committee is one component of Council’s overall community consultation framework regarding the State Government’s project to build light rail in Randwick City.

The Committee’s purpose is to give Council objective and constructive feedback on how Council can assist locals during the implementation of light rail.

This website is a public forum for members of the Committee to discuss matters, ask questions and download reference documents.


Coogee Bowling Club

Tell us what you think of a fitness group using part of Coogee Bowling Club.

Coogee Bowling Club and the F45 Fitness Group want to install a group fitness centre, using part of the club building and the green at the eastern end.

They have approached Randwick City Council about this and Council is asking for community feedback on the proposal.

The Bowling Club building and site is Crown Land administered by Council. Any change of use will require consent by Crown Lands as well as a development application to Council.

The Fitness Group will be having a drop-in session where you can discuss their ideas and plans on Monday 22 September at 6pm at Coogee Bowling Club.

You can let Council know what you think of this proposal by:

  • completing the comments form on this site
  • writing to the General Manager, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street Randwick 2031.

The deadline for comments is Monday 29 September 2014.

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