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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Notice of Motion

Protecting Residents and Businesses from the Impact of Sydney Light Rail Construction

PROTECTING RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES FROM THE IMPACT OF SYDNEY
LIGHT RAIL CONSTRUCTION (S129267)

2. By Councillor Vithoulkas

It is resolved that Council:

(A) note:

(i) the significant negative effects of the current Light Rail project on City of
Sydney and Randwick local government area residents, businesses, and
investors since it commenced in 2015;
(ii) the failure of Transport for NSW, the NSW Government, and the City of Sydney
to successfully implement measures to effectively support and mitigate the
negative impact on some local businesses and residents since the
construction process began;
(iii) in February 2017, Randwick Council resolved to immediately call on the NSW
government to agree to a full commission of inquiry into the light rail project
with power to receive evidence and investigate fully the costs and benefits of
the project;
(iv) the unanimous passing of a motion at the June 2017 City of Sydney Council
meeting to reaffirm Council’s stated aim, with particular reference to small
businesses, to:

(a) work to ensure all aspects of the economy are robust and that Sydney’s
sectors and businesses can thrive at all levels;
(b) work to ensure that Sydney remains resilient as changes take place
within our economy that are expected and unexpected, positive and
negative; and
(c) advocate to other levels of government for policy and regulatory reform
and investment in infrastructure and services that will enhance the
development of this global city;

(v) “Minute by the Lord Mayor put forward at the June 2017 Council meeting Item
3.1 Protecting the City from WestConnex Traffic and Alternatives” which,
amongst other things, instructed the Chief Executive Officer and Council to:

(a) provide funding of $50,000 for the joint WestConnex Community
Organiser position with the Inner West Council;
(b) provide funding of $360,000 for a campaign to raise the awareness of
the impact of WestConnex on the local community that will encompass
ongoing transport and planning studies, public forums and community
meetings, the distribution of flyers and newsletters, and a digital
program;
(c) call on the NSW Premier to establish an independent WestConnex
Ombudsman; and
(d) provide the use of City meeting rooms as in-kind support for local
WestConnex community groups; and

(vi) recent media coverage highlighting the plight of small business owners and
residents impacted by light rail construction;

(B) request that the Lord Mayor:

(i) formally acknowledge that some small businesses and residents in the local
government area are negatively impacted by Sydney Light Rail construction;
(ii) in light of the apparent failure of existing support measures, write to the NSW
Government advocating for an urgent review and the development of a new
strategy to ensure the local businesses remain viable for the remainder of the
light rail construction process;
(iii) formally support the Randwick Council resolution to call on the NSW State
Government to agree to a full commission of inquiry into the light rail project;
and
(iv) call on the NSW Premier to establish an independent Sydney Light Rail
Ombudsman for business and residents; and

(C) request the Chief Executive Officer to:

(i) provide the use of City meeting rooms as in-kind support for local Light Rail
construction community groups;
(ii) liaise with Randwick Council to co-ordinate community engagement activities
that mitigate the impact of light rail construction, similar to the WestConnex
City Sydney/Inner West Council arrangement; and
(iii) keep Councillors informed via the CEO update.

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