East Sydney News Wrap Up – TripAdvisor win, light rail & council merger

East Sydney News Wrap Up – TripAdvisor win, light rail & council merger

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bondi to coogee

The stunning Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Here is a wrap up of all the latest news from around East Sydney:

International travel website, TripAdvisor has named the Bondi to Coogee walk the number one attraction in Sydney. From a total of 4410 reviews on the website, this stunning 6km coastline walk received 3400 ratings of ‘Excellent’ and 800 ‘Very Good’ ratings. The walk also received a certificate of excellence from TripAdvisor, which is given to consistently highly reviewed attractions – it makes you truly appreciate the unparalleled beauty of our own backyard.

Hotelier Justin hemmes has settled his dispute with his soon to be ex-landlord of coogee pavilion, David Kingston after a settlement in the NSW supreme court on Monday. Although hemmes did not reveal the terms of the settlement, he said it’s been satisfactorily resolved. Hemmes agreed to a $37 million purchase of the property from mr Kingston in march last year. According to the landlord, Hemmes undertook unauthorised building work and was behind in rent. Hemmes lodged an injunction to avoid eviction from the premises and the bitter commercial dispute has now been resolved.

Randwick residents have ramped up their fight to save 435 trees in Randwick ahead of the work on the Sydney light rail starting in two months time. The community’s priority is saving 50 mature trees in centennial park and 33 trees in high cross park. Transport for nsw is still considering a proposal by Randwick council to relocate the light rail from high cross part to high street, which was lodged 5 months ago. Light rail construction is due to start in Sydney cbd in September, Randwick in January and kingdford in may. Organiser of keeping randwick’s trees campaign rickie lee mslaurin smith saif this meant there was time to make a difference. She is inviting community members to join the second annual tree walk for tree day on Sunday july 26th at 10am from the corner of Alison rd and anzac prde to high cross park. For those unable to walk there will be animals, face painting and activities at high cross park from 11am.

Randwick and Waverley councils lodged their joint merger proposal for the state government’s fit for future reforms last week to create a new eastern suburbs entity with a population of 216,000 residents from La Perouse to Dover Heights. the merger is calculated to increase services over four years by $15 million and 103 million over ten years. If approved the eastern suburbs council would be the 3rd largest in nsw and the 11th largest in Australia. The proposal aims to save a five-council global city with Woollahra, Botany Bay and City of Sydney councils, all of whom are applying to stand alone. The State Government should wrap up the merge push before local elections in 2016.

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