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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.
 

Achievements 2017

Marriage Equality: Australia voted “yes” to marriage equality and the Parliament is finally debating and voting on a bill.

Amenity

  • The department did not approve the Harbourside redevelopment monstrosity and demanded more work on bulk and scale.
  • Lendlease withdrew late night excavation and concrete pouring at Barangaroo.
  • The final Elizabeth Bay Marina is smaller with night works limited to emergencies.
  • The government is now consulting on and establishing regulations for short term letting.

Heritage

  • The Save Our Sirius win in the Land and Environment Court confirmed that the government cannot legally refuse to heritage list an iconic building because it would reduce its sale price.
  • The government rejected a three storey glass building for luxury retail adjacent to the 1850s Campbell’s Stores at The Rocks.

Democracy: The government abandoned a forced merger of Woollahra Municipal Council with Randwick and Waverley councils.

Arts:

  • The government promised to retain some cultural presence at the Powerhouse site in Ultimo.
  • Proposals to amalgamate the National Art School with other art schools is now off the agenda.

Social Justice:

  • With cross party colleagues, I drafted one of the world’s most robust assisted dying bills, which helped grow support in the Parliament.
  • Funding cuts to community legal centres were overturned.

Transport:

  • We finally have plans and timeframes to upgrade Edgecliff Railway Station for accessibility.
  • The government will fix the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway, which puts cyclists and pedestrians in conflict and has inaccessible steps.

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