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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.
 

Potential Power House Win-Win

I welcome the announcement that the Ultimo Powerhouse could be retained. The government has opened the door to a Powerhouse Museum win-win that benefits the inner city and Parramatta.

The Powerhouse has 400,000 artefacts, 95 per cent of which are in storage. This huge collection could easily be shared across several sites – there is no need to  close the Ultimo museum. The two museums could leverage off each other, with more exhibitions, more on display and more special events.

Supporters of the Ultimo Powerhouse agree that Western Sydney needs its own internationally recognised museum that celebrates Western Sydney and its contribution to modern Australia. This should not come at the expense of a well-supported and established inner city institution that is an important destination for tourists, students, and locals.

With positive leadership last financial year, visitors to the Powerhouse in Ultimo increased by 12 per cent and sponsorship increased by 51 per cent. A Parramatta museum adds profile and capacity to the existing sites at Ultimo, Castle Hill and Observatory Hill.

Attempts to turn the government’s consultation process into an inner-city vs western Sydney battle do not serve any of us well.  

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Sex worker community slams Brothel Inquiry findings

(Kieren Adair, 12 November 2015, www.altmedia.net.au)

The findings of a parliamentary inquiry into the regulation of NSW brothels have drawn the ire of sex workers, and health professionals alike, after recommending the state abandon decriminalisation in favour of a licensing scheme for sex work...

...Alex Greenwich, a member of the inquiry and MP for Sydney, has already moved to distance himself from the reports findings. In a joint statement with other dissenting MPs, he told the media that he is “concerned that increasing police powers, especially entry powers, could compromise the safety and privacy of sex workers, and ignores the historic links between police corruption and sex work as proven during the Wood Royal Commission.”

Read full article HERE

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Strickland House

Friday 21 April 2017

The Woollahra History and Heritage Society will give tours and talks on the history of Strickland House at 52 Vaucluse Road on Sunday 30 April at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm as part of the Heritage Festival. Carrara, the house itself, is closed for renovations. Information: phone 9371 8373 or peter_poland@hotmail.com. Heritage Festival details HERE.

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