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Alex is committed to government transparency and accountability; protecting the natural and urban environments, open space and Sydney’s unique heritage; retaining inner city social and affordable housing; the humane treatment of animals; improving transport options; and fairness and equality for the LGBTI communities.

Key Issues

Public high schools in the local area are full or fast filling up and families need new options. In Parliament I asked the Education Minister to allow Sydney Boys High School to increase local enrolments to provide additional capacity for the area. The Minister said he would consider the suggestion, which has the support of the school’s headmaster, and the parents and citizens association. Following a meeting with the Minister, Education Department, and City of Sydney a working party has been established to address the growing education needs of inner city families.

Surry Hills Update

Inner City Schools Representations

Read the Minister's response to my representations on Ultimo Public School HERE. Read my update on inner Sydney schools HERE. Read my letter to the Minister for Education about Ultimo Public School HERE. Read my letter to the Treasurer requesting funding for the Ultimo Public School Redevelopment HERE. Read my letter to the Minister for Education about inner city schools working party HERE. Read the Minister's response to my request for an inner city schools working party HERE.

National Curriculum

Read my letter to the Minister for Education about the national curriculum HERE.
My latest actions on Education.
Planning reform is needed because over a decade of ad hoc changes have stripped heritage and environment protections and people’s say in shaping their neighbourhood, while handing planning decisions to unelected people. Climate change and population growth require strong planning controls to ensure new areas are liveable and environmentally sustainable. I continue to campaign against the alienation and encroachment of the Centennial Parklands, and push for better funding for the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, so this important open space is protected in line with Macquarie’s 1811 Sydney Common Bequest.

Anzac Parade Shared Bridge

Click HERE to read my submissions to Roads and Maritime Services and the Heritage Council about the proposed shared path bridge over Anzac Parade at Moore Park. Click HERE to read my letter to the Heritage Council about the proposed shared path bridge over Anzac Parade at Moore Park.

Review of Paddington Bowling Club Lease

I have welcomed the Government’s announcement to review the transfer of the lease for Paddington Bowling Club, which commenced in 2009 under the former Government. The Secretary of NSW Trade & Investment Mark Paterson AO will conduct the review.  Community members have been raising concerns over a number of years. I’ve asked for these allegations to be properly investigated – this is important for the club and the community.

Surry Hills Update

My latest actions on Planning and Public Open Space.
I want to ensure Sydney is sustainable for the future, and will advocate for action on climate change, while ensuring the government gives households support and information to save money on electricity and gas bills. I will campaign hard for NSW to embrace renewable energy.

Coal Seam Gas Prohibition (Sydney Water Catchment Special Areas) Bill 2013

(Debate, 20 March 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) There is strong support for the Coal Seam Gas Prohibition (Sydney Water Catchment Special Areas) Bill 2013. Many of my constituents have asked me to vote in favour of it. The bill bans coal seam gas activity in the Sydney and Illawarra water catchment areas. Mining activities can have devastating, permanent impacts on water systems. Adjacent land is cleared and degraded, removing vital habitat for ecosystems that sustain clean and healthy water. Pollution from dust and chemicals contaminates the water, which makes it unsafe to drink and further harms the ecosystems.

Call for Sydney Harbour to be declared a Marine Park

Alex Greenwich, the Independent Member for Sydney, has called on the government to declare Sydney Harbour a Marine Park that includes sanctuary zones to protect its marine environment for future generations.

Marine Parks

(Question Without Notice, 5 March 2014, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament) My question is directed to the Minister for Primary Industries. Given that Sydney Harbour is under pressure from a number of threats, including marine debris and variable water quality, will the Minister secure this internationally recognised icon, which boasts more marine fish species than New Zealand, the Mediterranean or the United Kingdom, by creating a new marine park for Sydney Harbour that includes sanctuary zones to protect its marine environment for future generations? Watch for the answer
My latest actions on Environment.