Randwick Councillor and former Mayor Noel D’Souza has returned to the election hustings in the leadup to local government elections scheduled for September.

He has come out with a manifesto listing his achievements during his five years as a Councillor for Randwick’s South Ward, covering Matraville, Malabar, Chifley, Little Bay and La Perouse. The Matraville pharmacist has also flagged his intention to stand again as an independent candidate in the next state election in three years time.

He won 13.4% of votes when he stood against Labor incumbent Michael Daley in last year’s state election and he believes that by 2023 he could win the seat of Maroubra. “Residents in this area are becoming increasingly disillusioned with party politics,” says Cr D’Souza, who was elected to Randwick Council as an ALP member, then became an independent before his second term as Mayor.

“People want a stable, non-partisan alternative.” SUBSTANTIAL LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS Cr D’Souza said Randwick Council had achieved “many things” under his watch, including: -

  • Banning alcohol consumption on beaches and reserves around Coogee Beach.

  • Building of an all- inclusive playground and skate park at Chifley.

  • An outdoor Gym at La Perouse.

  • The underground Coogee Beach facilities.

  • Community centre in Day Street Kensington.

  • Men’s Shed in Malabar.

Cr D’Souza has also fought against over development and high rise in the Randwick Local Government Area.
Opened segments of the Coastal Walk and National Park to the public and protected Council workers’ jobs and rights through policies.
In addition, he signed the document that transferred the care of the La Perouse Museum to Randwick City Council (RCC) on a 42-year Lease.

He was also instrumental in getting RCC to fund, the K2K Competition to revitalise Kingsford and Kensington, a program he says “will create 700 jobs create 400 parking spaces to replace those lost to the light rail.”
And he is one of the many local opponents of the NSW government’s proposal to build a terminal for cruise ships in quiet Yarra Bay.

“We have to make sure the terminal never happens because it would come at a heavy cost to residents and amenities,” he says. “It be particularly disastrous for the Aboriginal community living right next to the bay.”

ONE STEP AT A TIME - Cr D’Souza’s mantra is simple: “Great things begin with small steps.” It is a principle he has applied to his own business as well as politics. In the early 1980s he purchased a pharmacy at the northern end of Matraville which he ran for many years with a small staff. Today he runs two pharmacies in the middle of the shopping strip which employ 15-plus local people.

Article by Tony Maguire

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