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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.

Ultimo Public School 2016

13 January 2016 This week I met with the Minister for Education’s officer and the Department of Education to urge them to re-open negotiations with the City of Sydney over the Fig and Wattle streets site. They made it clear that the department plans to go ahead with redevelopment on the current site, with planning advanced for a larger school operating by the start of 2019. I will continue to push for possible use of the Fig and Wattle site for community benefit and education infrastructure, which the community has been demanding for years. I remain hopeful that the government will come to the table with the council to achieve a positive outcome for the community. I was assured that students will be temporarily relocated together and not split up during construction, with a decision soon on the relocation site. The department will set up a reference group and update the school community when school starts.

High School Consultation 2015

2 December 2015 The Department of Education has contracted Root Projects Australia as project managers for the new high school consultation and design. They are holding an information booth at Central Railway Station 8.30-10.30am on Thursday 3 December and monthly sessions at different times in early 2016. There will be workshops for the community input. For details contact Kerry Ross on 9251 8040 or ross.k@rootprojects.com.au.

High School Update

24 November 2015 Last week I met with representatives from the education department to get an update on plans for the new inner city high school at the Cleveland Street Intensive English School. They confirmed plans to relocate the existing school to a new site and begin work on the new high school to be ready for Term one in 2020. Officers also confirmed that they will continue community consultation for the new high school and are working with the City of Sydney to ensure heritage protections and access to Prince Alfred Park. 
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.

Parkland Tree Destruction

2 February 2016 The destruction of Centennial Parkland trees to make way for the light rail continues despite community outcry. I opposed changes that moved the route from adjacent to the racetrack into Centennial Park which requires massive mature tree losses. My initial submission supported using the existing busway instead of parkland. Plans have already been approved so it will take a concerted community campaign to get the government to reconsider and I encourage you to keep engaged with the local campaigns and speak out in the media and social media. Facebook page HERE  We need a change in thinking that values our trees and open green space or ‘urban sanctuaries’ and I encourage concerned citizens to link up with the Total Environment Centre’s work in this area, inforamtion at www.tec.org.au

Support Container Deposits

13 January 2016 The government is considering two schemes to reduce drink container litter: a deposit scheme which adds a 10 cent fee to containers that gets refunded on return for recycling or an industry proposal for new investment in litter bins and community education. The container deposits are the only proven scheme that significantly increases recycling, but the beverage industry opposes regulation. Plastic litter is killing bird and sea life. I encourage you to make a submission in support of container deposits by 28 February: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/cds-consult.htm.

Black Hole Documentary

13 January 2016 Join me Monday night at the screening of the documentary ‘Black Hole’ which shows the impact coal mining is having on agriculture, heritage and the natural environment of the Liverpool Plains. Following the film I will join a local elder and local farmer in a panel discussion: 18 January 6.30pm at Dendy Cinema, Opera Quays Circular Quay. Tickets: www.tugg.com/events/79839  
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.

Marriage Equality Petition

8 February 2016 The joint Australian Marriage Equality / GetUp online petition calls on the Prime Minister to legislate for marriage equality right now. The planned $158 million dollar plebiscite on same-sex marriage is unnecessary and expensive, with some senators saying they’ll ignore it anyway. I’ve been working on reform for some years and know we are getting close to making it happen. Please support the reform campaign at www.equalitynow.org.au 

Year of the Monkey

2 February 2016 I’ll be attending Chinese New Year events to help celebrate the lunar new year – we are entering the Year of the Fire Monkey, focused on creativity, playfulness and fun; plus their energy, intelligence, community and social interaction. Details HERE. 

Mardi Gras Parade

27 January 2016 This year’s Mardi Gras Parade is on Saturday 5 March, and I’ll be marching with Lord Mayor Clover Moore in her 30th anniversary of marching in the parade. Numbers are limited again this year, so register now if you’d like to join us CLICK HERE. For questions please email Paul clover@clovermoore.com or call Leanne 9360 3053.
My latest actions on Equality.