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Alex's Update Issue 260

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Allianz Rebuild, Vaping Protections, Local Sports Grants, Hanson Concrete, Status Resolution Support & Heritage Festival

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Allianz Rebuild

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Let Infrastructure NSW know your views on demolishing and rebuilding the Sydney Football Stadium. There are drop-in sessions at the Captains Bar, Level 2, Sydney Football Stadium Driver Avenue Thursday 3 May 5-8pm, Tuesday 8 May 5-8pm and Saturday 12 May 10am-1pm.

You can also provide feedback by telephone 1800 931 109, email sfsredevelopment@infrastructure.nsw.gov.au or online at HERE

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Vaping Protections

Tuesday 17 April 2018

The state government extended current smoking bans in public places, like licensed venues and public transport, to electronic cigarettes.

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Local Sports Grants

Tuesday 17 April 2018

I’m pleased to announce grants to a number of sporting groups to buy equipment and promote their clubs:

  • Mavericks Dragon Boat Club will run first aid courses and buy safety equipment;
  • The Sloths Dragon Boat Club will hold Paddle Open Days;
  • Blackwattle Bay Dragon Boat Club will buy new paddles;
  • Bluefins Dragon Boat Team will buy a custom built trailer to transport canoes;
  • Maccabi NSW will hold a Junior Carnival;
  • Achilles Running Club will buy membership software; and
  • Sydney CBD Football Club will buy equipment and team kits.

 

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Hanson Concrete

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Plans for a concrete batching plant at Glebe Island are on exhibition for community comment until 15 May. Hanson has to move from Blackwattle Bay to make way for the new fish market and demand for concrete in the city is increasing with major projects including the disgraceful WestConnex. Details: HERE

I will review the proposal and make a submission to protect adjacent residents from impacts like noise and pollution. Please let me know your concerns.

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Status Resolution Support

Tuesday 17 April 2018

Asylum seekers depend on minimal payments through the Status Resolution Support Service’s basic living allowance, casework, and torture/trauma counselling. The Commonwealth Government plans to cut this program, leaving thousands of people with nothing but access to a computer at an employment agency.

I’ve heard from asylum seekers how important this program is to getting back on their feet and I’ve asked the minister to reinstate the program. Send a message to the Prime Minister through the Refugee Council of Australia campaign: HERE

 

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Heritage Festival

Tuesday 17 April 2018

The Australian Heritage Festival this year focusses on the diversity of cultures that have shaped our shared heritage. It launches on 18 April, International Day for Monuments and Sites and continues to 20 May: HERE  

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Stadium Flip

Tuesday 10 April 2018

The NSW Government has seen it makes sense to refurbish ANZ Stadium and save money for other priorities but it is pushing ahead with a knock-down and rebuild of the 30-year old Allianz Stadium. The SCG Trust is getting what it wants despite plans being hugely unpopular across the state.

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Alex's Update Issue 259

Tuesday 10 April 2018

Stadium Flip, Disability Reprieve, Senior’s Awards, Committee for Late Sydney & Support Women’s Refuges

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Disability Reprieve

Tuesday 10 April 2018

I have been campaigning with advocates to get the government to reverse its decision to stop funding disability advocates when the NDIS rollout was complete on 1 July. Advocates can help ensure people with disability get the help they are entitled to and have been crucial to exposing systemic neglect and abuse.

The Premier’s decision to continue funding disability advocacy and information services until 2020 is a great win and I spoke at the #StandByMe rally at Parliament about the importance of ongoing funding beyond 2020. 

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