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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

Newsletter Issue 14

Wednesday 19 July

My latest hard copy newsletter is being delivered across the electorate this week, you can read it now online HERE.

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Overdose Remembrance

Wednesday 19 July 

Everyone is welcome to honour the memory of those who have died from drug overdoses at the remembrance ceremony Friday 21 July 1pm at Lawrence Hargrave Reserve Potts Point, with afternoon tea to follow. Information: Sarah Hiley, telephone 9360 1191 or email shiley@uniting.org.au.

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Metro West Plans Central Walk

Wednesday 19 July

The proposed Sydney Metro West rail line due for completion in the late 2020s will include stations in the Bays Precinct and CBD. You can provide comment about the stations and how the Metro should integrate with other transport, HERE.

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Heritage Fleet

Wednesday 19 July

I am preparing a submission to oppose the appalling proposal to change the existing approval at 3 Bank Street Pyrmont from a heritage boat repair workshop with public museum and public open space to a storage facility for supplies and waste from 22 chartered boats which will be moored at the harbour when not operating. 

 

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Alex's Update Issue 226

Wednesday 19 July

Heritage Fleet, Metro West Plans Central Walk, Plastic Bag Ban Needed, Overdose Remembrance & Newsletter Issue 14

 

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Plastic Action

Tuesday 18 July 2017

Plastic is devastating the environment, polluting waterways and ending up inside the fish we eat. Plastic bags are a major culprit, breaking down in the waste stream into tiny plastic pieces. Australia consumed over a billion plastic bags in the last decade and it is time NSW caught up with the rest of the world and banned plastic bags. This week Harris Farm, Coles and Woolworths committed to banning plastic bags by next year.

Environment ministers will discuss plastic bags at the end of the month and I asked the NSW Minister for the Environment to introduce a ban to cover the state and support a national ban at the meeting. My letter is below.

Governments must act urgently to address this looming environmental and health disaster. You can join the campaign HERE and download and sign my petition HERE.

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Paddington Bowling Club

Monday 10 July 2017

In response to my further questions about the now deserted former Paddington Bowling Club site, the minister says the clubhouse is secure and that the department inspected the site and asked the lessee to maintain the grounds. 

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Power Deregulation

Monday 10 July 2017

Gas and electricity retail prices are increasing and gas prices have just been deregulated. Information on electricity is HERE. Information on gas is HERE.

Consumers now have to do a lot of investigating to find the best deals, which will depend on use, contract conditions and greenpower needs. See www.energymadeeasy.gov.au and have details of your electricity and gas bills to work out the best arrangement.

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Powerhouse Progress

Monday 10 July 2017

I believe the Powerhouse should stay in its current home where it has strong community support and is easily accessible. More of the amazing collection currently in storage should be on display.

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Privatisation Too Far

Monday 10 July 2017

Some services are best provided by governments and in Parliament I supported an Opposition motion to block a law that will enable the privatisation of Services NSW operations. Services NSW provides essential government services like registration of births, deaths, marriages, vehicles and business and licensing including medical assessments. I told Parliament it is not appropriate to let a for-profit company manage the private and personal information held by the service.

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