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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.

REELise Film Festival 2016

4 April 2016 This year, I’m again supporting the REELISE pocket film festival, and will join the awards night this Saturday 9 April from 5.30pm at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction. Details HERE

New High School

High School Consultation

23 February 2016 The Department of Education is calling for a community representative for the Project Reference Group working on plans for a new school. They plan a design competition this year with the new school to open in 2020. Details HERE.
My latest actions on Education.
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.

Time to Value Trees

26 April 2016 The light rail project aims to create a vital fast and reliable transport option but the government must adopt stronger protections to stop the destruction of trees, tree canopy and wildlife in the parklands. Contractors appear to be making ad hoc decisions based on flawed methodology to fast track construction and I’ve asked the government to review the vegetation plan and increase oversight to ensure the much loved and historic Anzac Parade tree boulevard is not lost. My letter is HERE.  Join the Mega May Day Tree Rally Sunday 1 May 11am at Moore Park West HERE. 

Sydney Marine Park

18 April 2016 Sydney Harbour’s magnificent biodiversity must be protected and the government is assessing the benefits of a marine park in the Hawkesbury Shelf. I have been advocating for a Sydney marine park with sanctuary zones to let marine life regenerate and I encourage you to make a submission supporting this model of protection. Submissions have been extended until Sunday 8 May: www.marine.nsw.gov.au/key-initiatives/hawkesbury-shelf-marine-assessment

Street Tree Pruning Guidelines

4 April 2016 In response to strong local resident campaigns and my representations, Ausgrid has changed its guidelines for street pruning around electricity cables, reducing the distance between branches and wires outside bushfire zones and requiring an arborist to authorise removal of major branches. Ausgrid should bundle cables as a matter of course in the inner city in order to reduce the need for pruning. Under Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s leadership, the City of Sydney undergrounds electricity and telephone cables during road or park upgrades. Street trees are vital for local amenity and destructive pruning can ruin the streetscape and remover the city’s green lungs. My question in Parliament asks for better protection of street trees: HERE 
My latest actions on Environment.
As a member of the NSW Cross-Party Marriage Equality I am working to progress same-sex marriage in NSW. Soon I will introduce amendments to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act to end discrimination against NSW LGBTI high School Students. The NSW Parliament recently unanimously supported my motions welcoming openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson to NSW and acknowledging the important work done by ACON towards HIV/AIDS prevention and education. I am also working towards greater recognition and protection for the Trans and Intersex communities in NSW laws.

Stanford House

18 April 2016 Last week I was pleased to attend the launch of the St Vincent's Hospital Stanford House HIV Homeless and Respite Service Launch, which relocated from Stanmore and will provide short-term supported accommodation for six people living with HIV who have complex health needs, plus outreach follow-up. The event included the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson launching St Vincent’s HIV Future Fund with a fundraising lunch. These programs complement St Vincent’s HIV outpatient and community services as well as their clinical HIV research. These events remind us that HIV remains a serious health concern that needs research, support, treatment and prevention.

Marriage Equality Fundraiser

11 April 2016 Australian Marriage Equality is raising money for the equality campaign, with a Sydney Harbour cruise on Thursday 26 May 6.30-9.30pm. Help make marriage equality a reality through a positive campaign uniting Australians in support of fairness and equality. Details HERE

Assisted Reproductive Technology

21 March 2016 In Parliament I welcomed changes to the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act which will ensure lesbian couples can use the same donor even if he has already donated to five women. In 2010 a ‘five women limit’ was introduced to reduce chances of individuals conceived with the same donor unknowingly becoming romantically involved. This was never a risk for lesbian couples whose children are raised as siblings and a ‘five family limit’ will be used. The bill awaits debate in the upper House. My speech  HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.