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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 Issue 190

Tuesday 11 October 2016

Fish Market, More Barangaroo Towers, Companion Animals, Support Lou’s Place, Local Sport Grants, Discount Appliances and William St Festival

Fish Market

I share widespread community alarm about the media reports of plans for high-rise development on the Fish Market’s site. Article HERE. The proposal would privatise the harbour foreshore and block public water views. Appropriate densities should be determined after working with the community and council and I will raise the matter in Parliament. The government’s development agency UrbanGrowth has no new information, go HERE for information. 

More Barangaroo Towers

Plans for three new residential towers with ground level retail at Barangaroo South are on exhibition until 14 November. Residential Building R4A is 71 storeys with 360 apartments, building R4B is 59 storeys with 330 apartments and building R5 is 29 storeys with 135 apartments, including the tiny requirement of key worker housing imposed on the massive Barangaroo redevelopment. The buildings’ scale is consistent with the approved concept plan, which I previously opposed. Have your say HERE

Companion Animals

In Parliament, I again spoke about the vital role that pets play in our lives, while calling for action to prevent unwanted breeding, oversupply and dumping of animals, along with the need to reform rules for carrying pets on public transport and keep them in retirement villages. My speech is HERE.   

Support Lou's Place

I’m pleased to host and MC the Marmalade Foundation’s Spring Cocktails fundraiser on Friday 21 October 7-11pm at the Sydney Dance Company. The foundation receives no government funding, raising all the money needed to run Lou’s Place daytime refuge for women who are homeless or at risk and the Plunkett Street Community Project, which supports mothers with children in Woolloomooloo. Join me to support this fantastic community venture! Details HERE

Local Sport Grants

The NSW Government offers small grants for local sport groups with $50,000 for each electorate: up to $2,000 for sport development, $5,000 for community sport events, $5,000 for sport access and $20,000 for facility development. Last year, funds went to the Chinese Youth League of Australia and ACCA Dragon Boat Racing Team to buy equipment, provide training and involve more participants. Apply HERE, closes 11 November. 

Discounts Appliances

The Home Energy Action Program offers up to 50 per cent discount on fridges and TVs for residents with a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card, Low Income Health Care Card or Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card. This may help you replace old appliances with new, energy efficient models and save money on energy bills. Details HERE

William St Festival

Celebrate iconic William Street, its unique retailers and the Paddington precinct at the William Street Festival Saturday 15 October 11.30am-10:00pm. Details HERE.