August meeting notes

As discussed at our last meeting:

Central to Eveleigh Feedback

The meeting collected comments on Central to Eveleigh redevelopment proposals. These will be submitted to Urban Growth along with feedback from Vanessa Knight and Gary Speechly who attended an information session in June.

Please send any additional comments to

Extra votes for business owners

ARAG has sent a letter to the premier in objection to legislation proposed by Shooters and Fishers Party that seeks to give more votes to people who own businesses than to other people.  (If you wish to send your own objection, we have uploaded a template for a draft objection letter that may be posted or submitted online.)

BPN Planning for People Charter

ARAG is now a signatory to the BPN Planning for People Charter.

See also the explanatory note.

Alexandria Scouts

There will be a public meeting in support of reopening Alexandria Scout Hall at:

3-4pm, Saturday 23 August
Australian Technology Park, Bay 8, Room 6b.

Central to Eveleigh Corridor to be discussed at our August Meeting

The ARAG meeting to be held on Wednesday the 13th, at the usual time and place of 7PM at Alexandria Town Hall, will be on the proposed redevelopment of the ‘Central to Eveleigh Corridor’ – basically, everything along the railway lines from Goulburn Street car park in the CBD to Macdonaldtown rail station, including Central and Redfern stations, the Australian Technology Park, and Eveleigh Rail Yards.

This is an opportunity to have your say on the impact of the concept plan on: Australian Technology Park (ATP), Sustainability, Connections & Transport, Heritage & Culture, Public Spaces & Social Facilities, and Housing and Employment.

AGM Results

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of ARAG was held on Wednesday 9th July 2014 prior to our regular monthly meeting.

The result of the elections to the Executive Committee is:

 Convenor Ben Aveling
 Co-Convenor Vanessa Knight
Secretary Yvonne Cowell
Treasurer Gary Speechley
Working Groups Vanessa Knight

Additionally, Gary Speechley is the Public Officer, the person responsible for liaison between ARAG and Fair Trading NSW.

The Convenors’ Report is enclosed below:

It has been another year of progress for ARAG. The Convenors Vanessa Knight and Ben Aveling are happy to report the following:


Meetings have been held every month apart from January 2014. With the active support of the Coordination Group, we have had a number of guest speakers and interesting topics. These have included:
▪    City of Sydney’s Draft Parking Policy – Anthony Mifsud – Policy Manager- City Access and Transport
▪    West Connex – Gavin Gatenby (convenor of EcoTransit) who talked about what WestConnex is not addressing and what better alternatives might be
▪    Draft City of Sydney Employment Lands Strategy – Senior Specialist Planner Tamara Bruckshaw, Senior Specialist Planner City of Sydney
▪    Proposed Council Amalgamations – What you should be Concerned about _ Robyn Kemmis Deputy Lord Mayor
▪    Ashmore Precinct Development – Update – John Davies Planner City of Sydney, Mike Hatton Friends of Erskineville, ARAG submission to City of Sydney
▪    NSW Government’s proposal for changes to the planning laws – multiple updates
▪    Updates on Central – Eveleigh Precinct Development – Ben Aveling (ARAG), Desley Haas (ARAG) and Duncan Read – GM of ATP
▪    Redfern Railway Station Ticket Vending
▪    City of Sydney Village to Village Free Service- Frances Lim, South East Sydney Community Transport
▪    Discussions on requirement for Sporting Infrastructure in the Sydney Local Government Area (LGA) do we have enough?
▪    Crime update for the area – Redfern Police
▪    Update on the 308 bus timetable
▪    Sydney Park Storm Water Harvesting – Damon La’Rance – City of Sydney
▪    Potential sale of ATP – Geoff Turnbull Redwatch
▪    History of Alexandria – Lisa Murray City of Sydney Historian
▪    Oral History of Alexandria – volunteers needed – Gary Speechley
▪    Buckland Street Development Application – Assistance with Objections – Ben Aveling
▪    Tree Lopping – who to contact with concerns/complaints
▪    Heritage Community Day – Australian Technology Park 16-17 May
▪    Flood Plain Strategy for Green Square and Surrounding Suburbs – Gill Fowler, Principal Environmental Scientist, Sydney Water, Jennifer Fisher, Senior Community Relations Advisor, Sydney Water, Terry Kefalianos, Principal Engineer, Water Assets, City of Sydney.

In addition, the ARAG Coordination Group have forwarded a number of messages to the ARAG email group to inform them of what is happening with the planning legislation, but also on other topics such as the consultation by the NSW Education Department on the long term needs for high schools in the Sydney LGA.

Alexandria Fair

The Alexandria Fair was held for the second time and was even more successful than the first Fair in 2013.

There were more stalls and more people attended. Feedback from the stallholders indicated that the Fair was a success for them as local business and that they would participate again.

The Organising Committee did a great job and we thank them for their contribution. The committee included Marika Herrmann, Yvonne Edgell, Leanne Seddon, Catherine Warne, Kyran Lynch, Yvonne Cowell, Katie Lawley, Cathy Grace and Gary Speechley.

In addition, many of the ARAG members volunteered on the day with the setup, running and pack up. Our thanks to them too – many hands make it easier! Special mention to Greg and Geralyn Smith, Richard Seddon, Mike Williams, Matt Cookson, Jack Cookson, Kevin Kendall and Marie Flood.

As with last year, the Committee held a wrap up meeting to go over what went well, what could be improved and what could be done differently. These have all been recorded for next year.

A report is being prepared for the Council which is one of the conditions of the grant.


ARAG is in good shape financially as per the Treasurer’s Report (available on request to

This means that ARAG has been in a position to contribute to the South Sydney Community Centre for the cost of producing the monthly flyers (and the cost of a new guillotine) along with the cost of tea, coffee and biscuits.

In addition, we have been in a position to pay for donations to the Better Planning Network who we have been partnering with on the fight against the changes to the NSW Planning Legislation. We have also paid for a banner on the proposed changes to raise awareness of the changes to the Alexandria Residents more broadly.

Special Thanks to the Coordination Group and others The Convenors would like to thank the members of the Coordination Group including Joy Brookes, Kyran Lynch, Yvonne Cowell, Jim Patsouris and Gary Speechley.

We would also like to thank our volunteers who distribute the flyers every month – Eric Jackson, Mike Eveleigh, Jim Patsouris, Joy Brookes and Yvonne Cowell.

Invitation to Join the Coordination Group

Members are invited to join the Coordination Group and assist with the ongoing management of ARAG. The pay is lousy, but the gratitude is endless.

Also – there is fun to be had – come and join us.

Ben Aveling and Vanessa Knight

ARAG’s Annual General Meeting

No – don’t run away!!!

The 2014 Annual General Meeting of ARAG will be held on Wednesday 9th July 2014 prior to our regular monthly meeting. The AGM will commence at 7:00 pm.

The current Executive Committee is:

 Convenor Ben Aveling
 Co-Convenor Vanessa Knight
Secretary  Yvonne Cowell
Treasurer Gary Speechley
Working Groups Vanessa Knight

Additionally, Gary Speechley is the Public Officer, the person responsible for liaison between ARAG and Fair Trading NSW.

We are seeking new members to join the committee and would welcome your consideration of offering your experience and enthusiasm.

Financial and other reports also will be presented at the AGM.

Secondary Education Forum

The City of Sydney is partnering with the NSW Department of Education and Communities and hosting a forum on Tuesday 3 June at Alexandria Park Community School in the school hall between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
The Forum is on Public Secondary Education in the Inner Sydney area.
If you have children or plan to have children – you need to be there!
This is your opportunity to have your say and learn about how the Department plans for high schools, raise your concerns and contribute your ideas.
Some of the things that need to be considered:
  • Alexandria families will be facing the added pressure of increasing numbers of children from the Ashmore Estate (6,000+ more people) and other developments including whatever comes from the Central to Eveleigh corridor concept.  We must make sure there is good and informed planning for this growth in education demand – and it needs to start now!
  • We need to protect the Alexandria Park School from any attempts to sell land to make a quick buck – that’s how the Department of Education got into this mess with short term thinking.
  • We need to nurture the growing success of the Alexandria Park Community School – did you know that the school is ranked in the top 200 of all schools in NSW (public and private)?
  • We need to ensure the Alexandria Park Community School is maintained adequately.
Some background information:

Don’t just hope that it will all work out in the end – no-one cares about the future of your kids more than you!

RSVP online.
If you can’t attend, there is another meeting on Thursday 5 June, at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Campus, and there is a website where you can leave feedback –
Thanks and regards
Vanessa Knight
Alexandria Residents Action Group

It was fabulous. We have lost property.

The fair is over. Thanks to all who attended, we hope you had a good time.

We’re still dealing with paperwork, trying to get prizes to raffle winners, sorting photos.

In the meantime, we have lost property:

  • one pair of glasses, frames are black at the front, with tortoise shell arms.
  • one black hat

If either of these might be yours, please email us at info at

Alexandria Summer Fair. It’s going to be fabulous.

Alexandria Summer Fair will be held on Sunday the 30th of March, 2014, at Alexandria Park, from 11am to 3pm.