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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 226

Tuesday 18 July 2017

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

 

Heritage Fleet

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. This is prime waterfront land that successive governments have promised will provide public recreation space and become a destination. The proposed development is significantly different to the approved development yet it is being assessed as a modification to the approval. I encourage you to view plans and make a submission. See HERE.  

Metro West Plans

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.

Plastic Bag Ban Needed

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 HERE.

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.

Powerhouse Meeting

Concerned about the future of the Powerhouse? Arts NSW is holding a public meeting on the plans for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences including the potential to display collections on the current Powerhouse Museum site. Monday 31 July, 6.30pm – 8pm, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Ultimo. Registrations essential HERE

Overdose Rememberance

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.

Newsletter No 14

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