CULTURAL CENTRE ON THE CARDS FOR RANDWICK CITY
Art-lovers in Randwick can rejoice at the prospect of a potential cultural centre under the leadership of newly-elected Mayor Lindsay Shurey.
Among her agenda of empowering cyclists and pedestrians is also a focus on creating a regional gallery in the city.
“My vision is that I want [Randwick] to be an artistic city and I really want to value our culture.
“I would really like to see a cultural centre of some sort where we can celebrate the arts so I would like to work towards that,” she said.
In October, Mayor Shurey also announced the development of a digital strategy to improve the city’s service delivery and to make it more customer-centric.
“Digital technology is changing the way we work, live and learn.
“We are seeing an increasing trend towards innovative and creative solutions to make council services more efficient and to help us better serve the community,” she said.
Despite it being early days, Mayor Shurey is confident in her all-female leadership team and said the elected council is working collaboratively.
“I don’t see any challenges as we are already working together in a collegiate manner.
“We come from all different political parties as well, but I definitely feel the will to work together with the women, and I think we’re more representative of the community at large,” she said.
While on a federal level, the 2016 election saw only 31 per cent of Parliament were women; Randwick is certainly leading the way on a local level.
“With five women on the council and an all-female leadership team, I think it’s really going to bring a different dynamic to the council.
“I’d like it to be democratic,” she said.
For Mayor Shurey, the positivity has been increased with the relief of no more council mergers.
“It’s such a relief, not just for the council but also the council staff, who were all in a difficult situation.
“Now we’re standing strong as Randwick City, and we can work forward in our own vision,” she told The Beast.