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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

New South Head Road Safety

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Following two tragic deaths of bike riders on New South Head Road, I’ve asked the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Ports for action to improve safety on this commuting route: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/papers/pages/qanda-tracking-details.aspx?pk=237714.

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Gambling Grows

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The latest report on gambling in Australia shows sports betting is growing fastest, by 15 percent to $920 million losses last year, but poker machines remain the biggest segment with $12.07 billion lost nationally. NSW is the worst, with a 6.2 percent increase to a record $6.1 billion lost on poker machines. In response to my previous questions in Parliament, the Minister for Racing said that the Responsible Gambling Fund had been expanded and new education campaigns initiated, but we need stronger gambling restrictions: https://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/la/papers/pages/qanda-tracking-details.aspx?pk=232794

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Bank Street Marina

Tuesday 12 December 2017

I will make a submission to the revised proposed Bank Street charter boat facility, which has had significant community opposition. The department says there are tighter controls on boat movements, noise and rubbish disposal, and that shipping containers won’t be double stacked. A floating pontoon is proposed instead of a fixed wharf. Additional public open space has been included and it is claimed that dragon boats won’t be impacted. The original proposal was highly destructive but while changes seem to represent an improvement, a backend facility for charter boats is not what was promised or what is best for this prime harbour land. It is important that you make another submission to ensure the department does not assume you support the development as a result of the changes.

You have until 15 December to comment: www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8338

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Cockle Bay Wharf

Tuesday 12 December 2017

The revised Cockle Bay Wharf redevelopment remains intrusive and completely inappropriate. The community has repeatedly opposed high rise towers against the public foreshore, yet that is what is being proposed again – along with overshadowing and wind as well as view impacts on the promenade and heritage Pyrmont Bridge. The tower height is being reduced by only 40 metres to 195 metres.

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Equality Wins

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Federal Parliament passed the bill to provide marriage equality last week, voting down hostile amendments again and again. Federal MPs have now finally done what the community has supported and Australia is a better place for this reform. See my articles on Junkee: http://junkee.com/thank-you-australia/138309  and The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/dec/08/we-did-this-together-today-we-celebrate-a-resounding-victory-for-love.

Thank you everyone who has helped achieve this step forward.

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Alex's Update Issue 246

Tuesday 12 December 2017

Equality Wins, Cockle Bay Wharf, Bank St Marina, Gambling Grows and New South Head Road Safety

 

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Give a Dog a Bone

Monday 4 December 2017

Don’t forget the Give a Dog a Bone, Keep Kitty Happy’ collection for pet treats, toys or food for animal shelters and rescue services until 15 December, information HERE.

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Land Clearing

Monday 4 December 2017

The Nature Conservation Council and Environment Defenders Office are challenging the NSW Government’s Native Vegetation Code in the Land and Environment Court. These are similar to Queensland’s devastating code that saw nearly 300,000 hectares of bushland cleared in 2013/2014 – three times the rate prior to the codes. Our environment cannot cope with such a loss of biodiversity. 

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Greener Sydney

Monday 4 December 2017

Building new roads, infrastructure and housing has resulted in thousands of mature trees removed across greater Sydney. Evidence shows we need more trees to reduce air pollution, protect against increasingly dangerous heat impacts and to provide beauty and amenity. This is especially important in the densely populated inner city where few people have private green space.

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2018 Woman of the Year

Monday 4 December 2017

You can nominate women who have outstanding contributions in NSW to industry, communities and society for recognition at the 2018 International Women’s Day. Each MP nominates a woman in their electorate to acknowledge their contribution and I’m keen to hear of women in the Sydney electorate to recognise. Public nominations close 18 December HERE.

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