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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.

Youth Parliament

Monday 20 March 2017 The YMCA Youth Parliament introduces young people to the NSW Parliament and it can create change, with residential camps in July and September including a Youth Sitting Week in Parliament where you develop and debate bills. Details HERE.

Schools Report

20 February 2017 While only dissenting committee members on the inner city schools parliamentary inquiry called on the government to reconsider building a new Ultimo school on the Fig and Wattle streets site, the final report recommended that the department use EPA soil remediation standards – not its own, which inflated cost estimates and gave the department a reason to withdraw from the site. Other shortcomings in inner city public schools planning were identified with recommendations on how government should communicate and coordinate with councils, planning and Urban Growth to plan for demographic changes. The report is HERE.

High School Update

22 November 2016 Information booths for the new Cleveland Street high school are on Tuesday 22 November 3:30-4:30pm at Darlinghurst Public School; Thursday 24 November 3:30-4:30pm at Crown Street Public School; Tuesday 29 November 3:30-4:30pm at Bourke Street Public School and Thursday 15 December 5:30-7pm at Surry Hills Shopping Village. Information 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.

Barangaroo Noise

Monday 27 March 2017 Construction at Barangaroo has intruded on adjacent residents’ peaceful enjoyment over their homes over many years and now noisy night works are planned for the next five months, including for buildings that have not yet received planning approval. Large numbers of residents will be affected and I’ve asked the planning minister to require Lendlease to adhere to standard work hours. My letter:   Residents living adjacent to major projects need sleep and should be protected from intrusive late night noise. I’m lodging more questions in Parliament for better noise controls on construction, transport and road works, as well as gas, electricity and telecommunications projects that RMS requires to be carried out at night. Traffic flow should not get priority over being able to sleep.

Marina Redevelopment

Monday 27 March 2017 There is still time to comment on the RMS plans for the Elizabeth Bay Marina – closes 31 March. Following a briefing from RMS officers, I remain concerned about the scale of the building, loss of views and bringing more and larger boats into this peaceful precinct. My submission calls for a low key upgrade not an expansion, retention of public access to the foreshore, noise protection during construction and coordination with Transport for NSW work on a ferry wharf to the area. My submission is HERE. Project details and how to make a submission HERE. 

Cruise Ship Pollution

Monday 06 March 2017 The simple solution to cruise ship noise and air pollution is providing shore-to-ship power supply.  Emissions from ships berthed in Sydney Harbour can affect thousands of residents, workers and visitors and I’ve asked another question in Parliament about plans for the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. With federal law changes overriding the State’s tightening of fuel standards to lower sulfur emissions, this matter has become more urgent. My question is 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.

REELise Film Festival

Monday 27 March 2017 I’m presenting one of the 2017 prizes at the REELise Film Festival in VMAX at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on 1 April 2017. The festival showcases young people’s short films on bullying, and starts 4pm with temporary tattoos and photobooth, roving entertainment and the NSW Police Rock Band, followed by film screenings. Information and films: and tickets available HERE.

Equal Voices

Monday 20 March 2017 Congratulations on the launch of a new national ecumenical group of Australian Christians working for churches inclusive of LGBTIQ people on 7pm Monday 3 April at the Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street Sydney. The Hon Michael Kirby will speak and the group will offer a National Apology to LGBTIQ Australians and LGBTIQ Christians. RSVP HERE. Group Details

IWD & Urbanistas

Monday 06 March 2017 International Women’s Day is Wednesday 8 March, with events celebrating the movement towards gender equality HERE. The annual march and rally is on Saturday 11 March from 10am at the Archibald Foundation Hyde Park. Information HERE. Urbanistas Sydney and UTS have a gender equality fundraiser for the Robyn Kemmis Scholarship Fund, with MC Verity Firth and panel members Anne Summers, Natalie Isaacs and Kerryn Phelps Wednesday 8 March 6.30-9.30pm. Information HERE. Woollahra Council’s ‘Women of Woollahra’ exhibition opens Wednesday 8 March 6-8pm at Woollahra Library showcases self-portraits from Woollahra women at a photography workshop. Information HERE.
My latest actions on Equality.