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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.
 

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Strickland House

Friday 21 April 2017

The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give tours and talks on the history of Strickland House at 52 Vaucluse Road on Sunday 30 April at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm as part of the Heritage Festival. Carrara, the house itself, is closed for renovations. Information: phone 9371 8373 or peter_poland@hotmail.com. Heritage Festival details HERE.

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Euston Road Rally

Friday 21 April 2017

Euston Road will suffer major traffic impacts as a result of Westconnex. Rally with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Clr Jess Scully, Mehreen Faruqi MLC, WestConnex Action Group Rhea Liebmann and resident Paul Davies 12pm Saturday 22 April, corner Euston and Sydney Park Roads, Alexandria. Information HERE.

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Heart Week

Friday 21 April 2017

Heart Week 30 April to 6 May is focussed on testing and treating high blood pressure or hypertension, a major factor in heart disease. Identifying and taking action can prevent serious heart problems. Details HERE

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Potential Powerhouse Win-Win

Friday 21 April 2017

I welcome the announcement that the Ultimo Powerhouse could be retained along with a new museum in Parramatta. This could be a Powerhouse Museum win-win. The Powerhouse has 400,000 artefacts, 95 per cent of which are in storage. This huge collection could easily be shared across several sites – there is no need to close the Ultimo museum. The two big museums could leverage off each other, with more exhibitions, more on display and more special events.

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Short Term Rent Regulation

Friday 21 April 2017

The government’s response to the ‘Inquiry into the Adequacy of the regulation of short-term holiday letting in NSW’ is positive, with an options paper on regulation to be released for public comment. I’ve called for wide community consultation. There is widespread concern that the inquiry recommendations needed refinement: short term letting platforms have a place but laws have to limit impacts on neighbours and the community and protect residents’ rights to the quiet enjoyment of their homes.

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Global Gag Rule

Friday 21 April 2017

 

I support the campaign to keep funding family planning and health programs within the Australian overseas aid program. Complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth and unsafe abortions kill about 830 women and girls in developing countries each day. The last time the Global Gag rule was applied, abortion rates doubled where funds were cut.

 

Join the campaign HERE and donate to She Decides HERE. My letter to the Minister for Foreign Affairs is HERE

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Alex's Update 214

Friday 21 April 2017

Short Term Rent Regulation, Potential Powerhouse Win-Win, Global Gag, Heart Week, Euston Road Rally and Strickland House

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Women of Pyrmont

10 April 2017

I was pleased to join federal MP Tanya Plibersek to launch the new book ‘Women of Pyrmont’, which shows how women in the newly redeveloped Pyrmont built a strong and connected community. I congratulated all those involved with the book in Parliament, HERE

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New Ferries

Monday 10 April 2017

I asked the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure last year about return ferry trips from Pyrmont back to the CBD to improve public transport access from this densely populated peninsular. So the commitment to a new F4 ferry route from October that includes Pyrmont, Barangaroo, Balmain East, McMahons Point, Milsons Point, Circular Quay, Rose Bay and Watsons Bay is good news and will help residents and workers.

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St Peters Interchange

The appalling plans for the Westconnex St Peters interchange are on exhibition for public comment until 30 April. The ugly spaghetti-lane junction will overpower Sydney Park with concrete barriers, noise and pollution, funnelling thousands of cars onto an already congested inner city network. Hundreds of trees will be lost. It’s all the more shocking with revelations in The Sydney Morning Herald today that government transport planners have been told to prioritise roads projects over more beneficial and economical public transport options.  I encourage you to attend the information session Wednesday 12 April 5pm-8pm at the Community Information Centre 27 Burrows Road St Peters and to make a submission opposing the plans. For information phone 1800 660 248 or visit www.westconnex.com.au.

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