Author Archives: Ben Aveling

Lord Mayor’s Roundtable

The following was sent from ARAG to Lord Mayor Clover Moore post the recent Lord Mayor’s Roundtable.

Lord Mayor
Thank you for inviting me to participate in the Community Group Round Table. I am sorry that I was unable to stay for the entire meeting, unfortunately I had a work meeting that I had to attend.
I noticed that the meeting was being recorded and would very much appreciate it if I could watch the entire session as I would be very interested in hearing the ideas and views of the other participants.
Also, it would be good to understand the next steps so that I can share them with the community.
As promised, I have included a summary of the issues and ideas that were passed on to me by Alexandria residents below.  I have attempted to group them.
Traffic/Safety/Transport
  • Residents are VERY concerned about the number of cars speeding on Henderson Road (approx 85% vehicles are over the speed limit).  Residents have been very vocal in advocating for a number of changes to slow traffic including speed cushions. The recent decision to implement a ‘pop up’ bike lane and to close Park Street at Henderson Road has not been well received as its installation has not been well explained and is not seen as a solution to reduce the issue.  Urgent action needs to be taken to address this issue due to the number of young families and older residents on this street
  • We have been approached by residents to reduce the speed of drivers turning from Renwick Street into both Suttor Street and Dibbs Street.  Gary Speechley has submitted a proposal to introduce traffic calming and street beautification changes which will make it safer for pedestrians by narrowing the entrance to the street, forcing the cars to slow
  • The footpaths on Botany Road between Henderson and Buckland streets are very uneven and dangerous
  • Widening footpaths and increasing crossing times at lights are seen to enhance the pedestrian experience
  • Make bike paths more connected
  • Advocate to have buses that go to Circular Quay in the evenings (rather than stopping at Redfern or Central) so that people can attend entertainment in the city at night
Parking
  • The unrestricted parking around the perimeter of Alexandria Park (Buckland/Wyndham/Power Streets) should be removed and replaced with restricted resident parking
Keeping it local – building communities
  • Issues in relation to the increasing number of AirBNBs in the area – leading to anti social behaviour and rubbish dumping
  • Promoting local businesses to the community (including small music venues who can provide online streaming for minimal cost) – finding better ways of doing this
  • Providing some infrastructure to enable people to ask for help from neighbours and having a way of people offering to provide help (shopping, companionship, phone support)N.B. the support offered by staff (Maria Sanna and Thor Blomfield) at Cliff Noble Centre to the older residents during lockdown was very much appreciated
  • Have first nation’s representatives in all schools
  • Repair Housing Commission homes
I know that not all of these items are directly in Council’s control, but I know that you and your team work very closely with the State Government.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards
Vanessa

 

Opportunity to submit questions on A2MP & the Traffic Study

Those of you who attended the ARAG meeting on Wednesday 13 May know that unfortunately the meeting was cut short and we were unable to complete the Question and Answer session with the Council staff who attended on the:

  • Alexandria to Moore Park Roadworks
  • Planned changes following the Traffic Study conducted by the Council to manage the impacts of WestCONnex on our streets.

The presentation by the Council can be found here and we invite you to submit questions to ARAG via the info@arag.org.au mailbox which we will pass on to the Council.

Answers will be published on our website as soon as we receive them.

If any of your neighbours were unable to make the meeting, please encourage them to participate and ask any questions

May meeting – Traffic Study, Euston/McEvoy Road Expansion – Wednesday 13-5

This month’s meeting will again be virtual.
On the agenda:
  • The results of the consultation for the traffic study
  • A2MP Alexandria to Moore Park Road Expansion (Euston Road, McEvoy St, etc)
We are expecting Lord Mayor Clover Moore to be in (virtual) attendance.
The meeting will be Wednesday 13 May. 
We’ll aim to start at 7pm
The link for the meeting is:
Dial in is available. +61 2 8015 6011
Meeting ID: 849 0736 5583
Password: 2015
One tap mobile:
+61731853730,,84907365583#,,1#,2015#

+61861193900,,84907365583#,,1#,2015#

The meeting has a limit of 100 people. We don’t expect to reach it, but just letting you know, just in case it happens.

Virtual meeting this month.

We trust you and yours are safe and well.
Given the circumstances, this month’s ARAG meeting will be virtual.
The topic of the meeting will be how we as a community can support each other during this lockdown period.
The meeting will start at the usual time of 7:00pm, this coming Wednesday the 8 April.

During the meeting, please use the spacebar to unmute yourself when you’re ready to talk.

Meeting details have been sent to those on our mailing list. If you are a resident and wish to be added to the mailing list please send an email to AlexandriaResidentsActionGroup-subscribe [ @ ] yahoogroups.com.au. (You don’t need to join YahooGroups, but you do need to be on the mailing list)

Full slidepack is attached: ARAG_Meeting-20200408

Links shared in the meeting: Library services, Venues, Council meetings onlineother online services and small business grants.

Hope to see you all safe next month.

No meeting this month

There won’t be an ARAG meeting this month.

Depending on what happens with Coronavirus, we may not be able to have a face to face meeting next month either.

We’ll keep you advised.


PS. I’ve been asked if we cancelled because of Coronavirus, and the answer is no. We’d already decided to cancel for other reasons.

February meeting, this Wednesday

Happy New Year. For our first meeting of 2020, we have an update on the Waterloo Housing Estate, a quick word on the St Peters Interchange, and whatever else you would to discuss.

The meeting will be at 7pm, Wednesday 12 February at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

Alexandria to Moore Park Road Widening

RMS have released their next proposal for widening Euston Road and McEvoy Street, including:

  • big turning lanes into Fountain St
  • a turning lane from Botany into McEvoy
  • extra clearways, and some no-right-turns

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Comments are open until 18 December and may be made using the interactive online map or via email.

The project team will be at available to discuss at:

  • Cliff Noble Community Centre
    24 Suttor St, Alexandria
    Saturday 7 December, 10am–1pm
    Thursday 12 December, 5pm–8pm

and

  • Moore Park Supa Centre (ground floor)
    2A South Dowling Street, Moore Park
    Friday 6 December, 11am–2pm

This will be on the agenda for this month’s meeting, which will be held at the usual time and place of 7pm, Wednesday 11 December, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

For more information, see:

Meeting Wednesday – traffic and ticket parking

The agenda for this month’s meeting is:

Update from the City of Sydney on:
– the Alexandria Traffic Study, and
– Ticket Parking in Alexandria.

The meeting will be held at the usual time and place of 7pm, Wednesday 13 November, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

October Meetings – Buses, ATP, Alex Hotel

The agenda for the October ARAG meeting is:

  • Improving our bus services
  • Update on ATP
  • Reopening the Alex Hotel: what can we do?

The meeting will be at:

7pm, Wednesday 9 October
Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

 

Drilling at Sydney Park

The below map identifies the announced WestConnex borehole locations. Continue reading