Randwick council election, 2021

Randwick council covers south-eastern parts of Sydney, stretching along the Pacific ocean coast from Clovelly to Botany Bay. The council also covers the suburbs of Kensington, Randwick, Coogee, Maroubra, Matraville, Malabar, Chifley, Little Bay, Phillip Bay and La Perouse.

The council includes a population of about 156,000 as of 2019.

Wards
The City of Randwick is divided into five wards, with each ward electing three councillors.

Central ward covers Maroubra. East ward covers Coogee, South Coogee and the remainder of Randwick. North ward covers Centennial Park and Clovelly.

South ward covers Malabar, Matraville, Chifley, Little Bay, Phillip Bay and La Perouse. West ward covers Kingsford, Kensington and part of Randwick.

Incumbent councillors

Central Anthony Andrews (Ind) Dylan Parker (Labor) Ted Seng (Liberal)
East Tony Bowen (Labor) Murray Matson (Greens) Brendan Roberts (Lib)
North Christie Hamilton (Lib) Kathy Neilson (Labor) Lindsay Shurey (Greens)
South Noel D’Souza (Ind) Carlos Da Rocha (Ind) Danny Said (Labor)
West Alexandra Luxford (Lab) Harry Stavrinos (Liberal) Philipa Veitch (Greens)

History
Randwick Council traditionally was dominated by Labor, but there was a period of power being shared between the three big parties from 2004 to 2017. Since 2017 there has been a solid Labor-Greens majority.

Labor’s Dominic Sullivan served as mayor from 1998 until the 2004 council election.

Labor lost its majority in 2004. The new council included seven Labor councillors, five Liberal councillors and three Greens councillors.

After that election, the Greens proposed that the three parties share the mayoralty in proportion to their numbers, with each party taking a turn in the big chair. This was rejected by Labor, with the Liberal Party supporting Murray Matson of the Greens to serve as mayor from 2004 to 2005.

For the remainder of this term, it appears that Labor and Liberal councillors shared the mayoralty thanks to the Greens alternating their votes. They supported the Liberal Party’s Ted Seng in 2005, Labor’s Paul Tracey in 2006 and the Liberal Party’s Bruce Notley-Smith in 2007.

Labor lost even more ground in 2008. Labor and Liberal each won five seats each, alongside three Greens. The two other seats went to the No Parking Meters Party and independent Anthony Andrews, a former Labor councillor.

The Liberal Party’s Bruce Notley-Smith held the mayoralty for a second term until 2009. That year Labor councillor John Procopiadis won the mayoralty with Liberal and independent support, and was promptly expelled from his party.

The Greens’ Matson returned to the mayoralty in 2010, followed by Liberal councillor Scott Nash in 2011. Throughout the 2008-2012 term the Labor-preferred candidate never won the mayoralty, with Liberals, Greens and independents leading the council.

Both major parties gained ground in 2012 at the expense of minor parties. Labor and Liberal each won six seats, alongside two Greens and independent Anthony Andrews.

The Greens remained in the balance of power, and they unilaterally decided to alternate support between the major parties without any agreement.

With Greens support, the mayoralty went to Labor’s Tony Bowen in 2012, then Liberal Scott Nash in 2013, then Liberal Ted Seng in 2014, then Labor’s Noel D’Souza in 2015 and 2016.

Labor lost their sixth seat in 2017, with the Greens regaining their third seat. The Liberal Party lost two of their six seats, with three independents winning seats. Independents did particularly well in the South ward, with former Labor mayor Noel D’Souza’s independent team winning two seats.

Since the 2017 election, an alliance of Labor and the Greens has monopolised leadership roles on the council. The Greens’ Lindsay Shurey won the mayoralty in 2017, followed by Labor’s Kathy Neilson in 2018 and Danny Said in 2019.

Candidate summary
The Liberal Party, Labor and the Greens are all running a full ticket.

Four of five Labor councillors are running for re-election. One of four Liberal councillors is contesting as a Liberal, and one of three Greens councillors is running for re-election.

Liberal councillor Harry Stavrinos is running for re-election endorsed by the Our Local Community party.

All three sitting independents are running for re-election, and two other independent groups are running.

THe Arts Party is also running in one ward.

The full candidate list is at the end of this guide.

Assessment
Labor and the Greens have a long history of tension in this area and I don’t think you can assume the current power-sharing would continue on a new council. Labor is at a particularly weak point now and if they could pick up support and extra seats they could find themselves able to negotiate different deals. The current independents could potentially provide a different ally on a different council.

2017 results

PartyVotes%SwingSeats won
Liberal 19,44530.69-6.64
Independents17,42427.50+6.63
Labor 16,52626.08-1.15
Greens 9,47114.95+0.43
Shooters, Fishers & Farmers4980.79+0.8
Informal3,2954.94

Vote breakdown by ward

The following table show the vote in each ward.

The Liberal Party topped the primary vote across the council, and topped the poll in three wards. The Liberal vote ranged from 18.1% in the south (where they did not win a seat) to 38.4% in the east. This netted them one seat in four of the wards.

The Labor vote was lower, but more evenly distributed, ranging from 23.4% in the south to 30.5% in the centre. Labor topped the vote in the centre. Labor won one seat in each ward.

The Greens ran in four wards, with a vote ranging from 13.8% in the centre to 22.6% in the east. They won three seats, missing out in the central ward.

Independents ran in every ward, but there were strong incumbents in two wards. Anthony Andrews was re-elected in the Central ward with 26.8%, while Noel D’Souza, who had previously been elected as an ALP member, polled 54.8% in the South ward, winning two seats for his team.

WardALP %LIB %IND %GRN %
Central30.528.926.813.8
East27.038.411.922.6
North25.034.619.121.3
South23.418.154.80.0
West24.435.421.019.2

Election results at the 2017 City of Randwick election
Toggle between primary votes for the Liberal Party, independent candidates, Labor and the Greens.

Candidates – Central

  • A – Liberal
    1. Daniel Rosenfeld
    2. Joseph Tesoriero
    3. Gerald Fogarty
  • B – Greens
    1. Kym Chapple
    2. Jon Beves
    3. Mike Atherton
  • C – Labor
    1. Cr Dylan Parker
    2. Victor Ziegler
    3. Elisabeth Casamento
  • D – Independent
    1. Cr Anthony Andrews
    2. John Sutton
    3. Chun Wang
  • Ungrouped
    • Peter Thompson (Independent)
    • Samuel Mantarro (Independent)

Candidates – East

  • A – Labor
    1. Marea Wilson
    2. Patrick Cunningham
    3. Katherine Summers
  • B – Independent
    1. Russell Fairfax
    2. Paul Cooper
    3. Bruce Pickett
  • C – Arts Party
    1. Kimberly Reddin
    2. Katya Greenup
    3. Kate Mills
  • D – Greens
    1. Michael Olive
    2. Maureen Fitzgerald
    3. Wendy Smith
  • E – Liberal
    1. Joanne McCafferty
    2. Patrick Moore
    3. Carolyn Martin

Candidates – North

  • A – Independent
    1. Barbara Keeley
    2. Annick Antoine
    3. Gary Di Paola
  • B – Greens
    1. Rafaela Pandolfini
    2. Stuart Davis
    3. Rick Flowers
  • C – Liberal
    1. Cr Christie Hamilton
    2. David Sangster
    3. Jason Young
  • D – Labor
    1. Cr Kathy Neilson
    2. Cian Galea
    3. Glen Pead

Candidates – South

  • A – Greens
    1. James Mollison
    2. Dorothee Babeck
    3. Daniel Keogh
  • B – Independent
    1. Cr Noel D’Souza
    2. Cr Carlos Da Rocha
    3. Georgia Anastasopoulos
  • C – Liberal
    1. Bill Burst
    2. Henson Liang
    3. Amanda Wilmot
  • D – Labor
    1. Cr Danny Said
    2. Mark Heiss
    3. Robyn Alexander

Candidates – West

  • A – Our Local Community
    1. Cr Harry Stavrinos
    2. Peter Schick
    3. Angelina Stratigos
  • B – Labor
    1. Cr Alexandra Luxford
    2. Greg Moore
    3. Jane Grusovin
  • C – Greens
    1. Cr Philipa Veitch
    2. Jennifer Jenkins-Flint
    3. Simeon Bryan
  • D – Liberal
    1. Andrew Hay
    2. Bradley Kean
    3. Qiuhua Tan
  • Ungrouped
    • Courtney Green (Independent)

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12 COMMENTS

  1. It’s taken me some time to even get this somewhat sparse information.
    What I need to know (I’m in Randwick Nth Ward) is
    WHAT DO THE CANDIDATES STAND FOR!
    Particularly the independents.

    It seems, according to 702 radio today, that I’m not alone – that for many councils, candidate info is hard to come by. Why? I’ve had just one flyer in my mail box.

    Any more info welcome!
    Ian
    spr888@gmail.com

  2. I stand with Ian. I personally do not care if your a mother or father of X kids and lived in the area for X years. I WANT TO KNOW what makes you feel the NEED to run for these positions.
    What ideology do you align yourselves with?
    Particularly in these times! Here’s a few to get you started…
    Do you support the Matraville Incinerator?
    Do you support the segregation of communities based on health status?
    Will you push for transparency of development and building approvals?
    Will you fight for privacy and democracy?

  3. Thank you, this is more information than I’ve come across elsewhere, and interesting to know. It’s still hard to find much about the candidates though, or at least enough for me to decide how to vote.

    This might be marginally helpful: minutes from a recent online ‘Meet the Candidates’ session for the North Ward, where the main Labor, Liberal and Greens candidates spoke: https://nsw.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=98e76ef1bd262fd51a19bbb9e&id=b1ccb985a6&e=33112ac208

    (These are not mine, I just attended and was emailed them after).

  4. I agree with Ian and Belinda. Not enough information on the candidates. How are we supposed to vote if we don’t know exactly what agenda the candidates intend to address? This is the most poorly informed election. There is some information on Anthony Andrews and Dylan Parker on the Randwck Council website but they don’t address anything about health segregation or the public buses, major concerns!

  5. And be warned folks.all the candidates are saying they have been strong supporters of the various campaigns to stop over-development, cruise terminal, Kamay-ferry, incinerator etc. but only a few have really stepped up on most of these issue. Most campaign leaflets out there are misleading.

  6. I agree with the comments above. Looking for information on candidates’ view on key issues such as response to climate change, alliance opportunities, management of key infrastructure proposal (e.g., incinerators), and after 30 minutes of search, including parties’ website, I am about to give up. Is this difficulty in finding key basic information on candidates good for democracy?

  7. Maria Poulos
    I’d say (as a Perth resident with no knowledge of the area at all) that the Greens would be one of those few stepping up on council.

  8. What a relief to read the comments above. I couldn’t understand why I could not find a simple document or web page with the name of each candidate and a few paragraphs about what they stand for! How difficult can it be?

  9. This is appalling. I thought I was alone in trying to find ANYTHING about what the candidates in my Ward actually stand for. For goodness sake, if you want people to make an informed choice, make the information available to them with clear “one click away” directions on the Council website. I hope somebody in the Randwick Council reads these comments and does something about it

  10. I am interested to know more about the independents but given there’s a complete dizzying void of information about any of them none will get my vote.

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