Tuesday 18 July 2017
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 below.Read more
Tuesday 4 July 2017
The EPA is reviewing the Protection of the Environment Operations (Noise Control) Regulation but does not propose tightening rules about noisy vehicles. If you would like stronger controls, send your comments in before 7 July. Details: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/noise/noise-regulation-2017-consult.htm
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.Read more
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.
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.
Monday 19 June 2017
There is a huge and increasing number of largely unregulated contaminants lawfully produced by the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries in common consumer products that we wash down our drains that end up untreated in the water we drink, the fish we eat and other marine life, information HERE. In response to my questions in Parliament about product stewardship (extended producer responsibility), the minister says the government supports product stewardship at the national level while conceding that there are no mandatory schemes in Australia, HERE.Read more
Monday 29 May 2017
Constituents have been contacting me about smoking where it is illegal at outdoor dining venues, near doorways to public buildings, at bus stops and on train platforms. I’ve asked the minister about education and enforcement programs HERE.
You can report hot spots to NSW Health for enforcement: telephone 1800 357 412 or online HERE.
Tuesday 9 May
Constituents have contacted me about my newsletter article about the dreadful laws the government passed late last year to allow broadscale land clearing of native vegetation asking what they can do. Please support the Total Environment Centre’s campaign: www.tec.org.au/stop_the_carnage.
Tuesday 2 May
In Parliament I asked the environment minister to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging, microbeads and microfibres. The minister said that the government has asked the CSIRO to research biodegradable plastic bags to inform future legislation. Light weight plastic bags are being banned across the world and I don’t believe further research is needed to take this step. Similarly mibrobeads are being banned across the world yet Australia only has a voluntary phase-out by 2020 before a ban will be considered. My question is HERE.Read more
(Question, Thursday 06 April 2017, Legislative Assembly NSW Parliament)
My question is directed to the Minister for the Environment. With a container deposit scheme set to commence this year, what will the Minister do next to reduce plastic pollution from plastic bags, packaging microbeads and microfibres?