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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.
 

Alex's Update

Local Democracy Weakened

Tuesday 15 August 2017 

I opposed new laws to remove development decisions from councils in  Sydney and Wollongong and hand them to planning panels stacked with ministerial appointees.  

Despite claims that the bill is about preventing corruption, because panel members are not elected by and answerable to the community and will make decisions behind closed doors, corruption risks could increase. I told Parliament changes are really about fast tracking approvals. My speech is HERE.

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Alex's Update Issue 229

Tuesday 15 August 2017 

Local Democracy Weakened, Homelessness and Human Rights, Glebe Island Future & Seclusion and Restraint

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Homelessness and Human Rights

Tuesday 15 August 2017 

Hiding homelessness does not solve it and moving and fining vulnerable homeless people in public places does not take them off the street. The solution is providing permanent, low-cost housing with support. But the government pushed through laws that give the police power to move homeless people on, confiscate their belongings and fine them $225, even if they are not causing a safety risk to others. It is not illegal to be homeless and I opposed the bill, which is a mean spirited response to the uncomfortable sight of vulnerable people sleeping rough. Read more HERE.

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Glebe Island Future

Tuesday 15 August 2017 

Infrastructure NSW has confirmed that the long term plan for Glebe Island will include existing port and bulk concrete operations within the proposed White Bay Power Station innovation district. The Port Authority will make a commercial deal for an integrated port facility on Glebe Island. White Bay will continue to host cruise vessels, maritime contractors and vessel repair and events like fireworks. UrbanGrowth NSW plans a draft strategic framework and transport update for The Bays Precinct in late 2017. Information HERE.

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Seclusion and Restraint

Tuesday 15 August 2017 

You can make submissions to the review into seclusion, restraint and observation of people with a mental illness or attend a consultation meeting to have your say. The Sydney CBD meeting is Wednesday 16 August 5-7pm at Mercure Sydney 818-820 George Street Ultimo. Feedback is due 24 September. Information HERE.

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Fish Market Precinct

Tuesday 8 August 2017

I’m very concerned about the fish market redevelopment to be funded by massive apartment development on the current site. The facility is supposed to link with Wentworth Park across four lanes of busy Bridge Road and through the fig trees. A master plan process is now underway and I urge concerned residents to have your say via online survey and workshops on 10 & 12 August: www.thebayssydney.nsw.gov.au.  

I strongly oppose overdevelopment and will call for better transport connections, community and recreation facilities and protection of open space and public access.

 

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Homelessness

Tuesday 8 August 2017

The ongoing ‘tent city’ in Martin Place has drawn national attention to increasing homelessness and housing unaffordability, which is approaching a crisis.  I understand why some ‘tent city’ residents do not want to accept temporary housing given hostels and refuges are full and they have food, clothing and feel safe at Martin Place. Getting authorities to dismantle the camp will only move rough sleepers to other areas like Woolloomooloo, Belmore Park and Wentworth Park.

 

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Alex's Update Issue 228

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Homelessness, Fish Market Precinct, Powerhouse Plans, Woollahra Election, Bid for Good Grants & WEL 45

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Powerhouse Plans

Tuesday 8 August 2017

The Powerhouse has successfully operated from Ultimo since 1893 and in its current adapted reuse building since 1988. Ultimo is the city’s creative and innovation hub, a leader in digital start-ups and close to cultural institutions, Darling Harbour and higher education, which all link with the museum’s core science, technology and design purpose. Much of the extensive collection is not on display and the Powerhouse could have been extended into Western Sydney while retaining the Ultimo museum, and exhibitions and displays could complement each other.

 

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Woollahra Election

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Some NSW councils will have elections on Saturday 9 September, including Woollahra (but not the City of Sydney). Put the date in your diary or calendar.

Information about enrolling to vote is HERE

Check you are on the roll, HERE

If you’re considering standing for election, information HERE

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