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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 261

Monday 23 April 2018

Night Reforms, KX DA Withdrawn, Shore to Ship Power & ANZAC Day

NIGHT REFORMS

I remain concerned that Sydney’s late night scenes and opportunities for emerging performance artists are dwindling and I’ve asked to meet with the minister responsible for licensing laws. The government has promised measures to improve vibrancy through its Night Time Economy Taskforce but there has been little action. The half hour grace period allowing live music venues to accept patrons until 2am and cease alcohol service at 3.30am fails to provide the boost needed.

I continue to argue that the 1.30am lockout should not apply to well managed venues; measures like saturation zones, late night transport and renewable late night licences will prevent violence and anti-social behaviour. Sydney’s economic prosperity will suffer if we let the city become boring, cultureless and lifeless at night.

KX DA WITHDRAWN

The developer has withdrawn the strongly opposed application to redevelop the former Bourbon site and I congratulate the Kings Cross community for its successful campaign. Responding to concerns, Lord Mayor Clover Moore referred plans to the council’s Design Advisory Panel which has recommended action to protect the character and diversity of the Cross in future including an urban design strategy for the area.

My submission is HERE argued that the proposal would have breached heritage and height controls, block light and views in neighbouring apartments would and add to traffic congestion.

SHORE TO SHIP POWER

The minister’s response to my questions about shore to ship power for the Overseas Passenger Terminal claim no complaints to the Port Authority about air, noise or light pollution from ships berthed overnight at the OPT this cruise season. She says that berthed ships need generators for safety systems and essential services, but shore to ship power is not cost effective for reducing cruise ships air pollution for the OPT or Glebe Island/White Bay. My questions are HERE And HERE.

ANZAC DAY

In addition to the major annual ANZAC Day events, there are local ceremonies with information at the links below:

Union Square Pyrmont

Moore Park at the Obelisk

Double Bay