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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

Community Grants

Monday 26 June 2017

Local non-profit groups can apply for funds to cover building works and capital projects through the Community Building Partnership, with $300,000 available in each electorate and applications closing 9 August. Each MP helps determine the priority projects.

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NAIDOC

Monday 26 July 2017

NAIDOC or National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee Week originated with the 1938 Day of Mourning and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. NAIDOC is 2-9 Julywith the theme ‘Our languages matter’. Check the Indigenous Language map, which locates the 250 odd original language groups across the country, of which only 120 are still spoken, HERE

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Marina Changes

Monday 26 June 2017

The RMS will go ahead with plans to expand the Elizabeth Bay Marina. Our campaign got berths for 20-metre boats replaced with 15-metre boats, which will reduce view impacts, 24-hour water access for kayaks and water taxi, and night work restrictions. 

While there will be no net gain in boats with four swing moorings to be removed, there are still more and larger boats berthed, which will reduce views and increase activity. The facility is bigger with more concrete on the water.

As the owner, developer and consent authority, RMS can now proceed. The process has been inferior and harbour development should be subject to an independent, open and transparent environmental impact assessment.

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Budget 2017

Monday 26 June 2017

The 2017-2018 NSW Budget continues the long history of funding roads over public transport. WestConnex will get a whopping $7.2 billion this year alone, compared to $4.9 billion over four years for the metro. Other Sydney motorway projects include the M12, NorthConnex and M5. Expanding roads reduces community space, pollutes the environment and adds to long term congestion.

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Fish Market

Monday 26 June 2017

3XN Architects and GXN have been awarded the contract to design the master plan for a new Fish Market at Blackwattle Bay, with more foreshore dining and shops, a bigger carpark and more direct pedestrian access to Wentworth Park.

 According to media reports, the Premier says that the current site will be sold for apartment development to pay for the $250 million project and traffic congestion will be considered after the detailed plan is finished, see HERE

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Over Martin Place Station

Monday 19 June 2017

Macquarie Bank’s unsolicited proposal to develop two commercial towers over the planned Martin Place Metro Station is on exhibition. My submission calls for further work to prevent shadowing and wind impacts in Martin Place and shadowing in adjacent streets, particularly at bus stops. Martin Place provides vital open space for pedestrians seeking respite from the city that must not be eroded.  My letter is HERE

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Alex's Update Issue 223

Monday 26 June 2017

Budget 2017, Fish Market, Marina Changes, Community Grants & NAIDOC

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Education Funding

 

Read my letter HERE

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Alex's Update Issue 222

Monday 19 June 2017

Police Changes, George Takei, Sydney Modern, Schools Update, Litter Strategy, Over Martin Place Station & NDIS Coming 

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Police Changes

Monday 19 June 2017

Media reports suggest the new Police Commissioner will review the allocation of police officers to areas with high crime and reinvigorate the Police Citizens Youth Club program and work with young people to divert them from crime and anti-social behaviour. I support these sensible directions. However, I’m concerned about reports about amalgamating police commands at Kings Cross and Rose Bay, which have very different communities and crime. I’ll monitor any proposals.

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