Monday 27 March 2017
Construction at Barangaroo has intruded on adjacent residents’ peaceful enjoyment over their homes over many years and now noisy night works are planned for the next five months, including for buildings that have not yet received planning approval. Large numbers of residents will be affected and I’ve asked the planning minister to require Lendlease to adhere to standard work hours. My letter: www.alexgreenwich.com/barangaroo_south_construction
Residents living adjacent to major projects need sleep and should be protected from intrusive late night noise. I’m lodging more questions in Parliament for better noise controls on construction, transport and road works, as well as gas, electricity and telecommunications projects that RMS requires to be carried out at night. Traffic flow should not get priority over being able to sleep.
Monday 27 March 2017
There is still time to comment on the RMS plans for the Elizabeth Bay Marina – closes 31 March. Following a briefing from RMS officers, I remain concerned about the scale of the building, loss of views and bringing more and larger boats into this peaceful precinct. My submission calls for a low key upgrade not an expansion, retention of public access to the foreshore, noise protection during construction and coordination with Transport for NSW work on a ferry wharf to the area. My submission is HERE. Project details and how to make a submission HERE.
Monday 06 March 2017
The simple solution to cruise ship noise and air pollution is providing shore-to-ship power supply. Emissions from ships berthed in Sydney Harbour can affect thousands of residents, workers and visitors and I’ve asked another question in Parliament about plans for the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Cruise Terminal. With federal law changes overriding the State’s tightening of fuel standards to lower sulfur emissions, this matter has become more urgent. My question is HERE.
Monday 27 February 2017
The government will turn off environmental and planning protections to allow a supercar race through a densely populated heritage precinct in Newcastle. The race track will enclose residents, including elderly social housing tenants, many of whom contacted me concerned about loss of access to services, and significant noise and air pollution. I supported their concerns and opposed the legislation in Parliament. My speech is HERE.
Monday 27 February 2017
Tomorrow is Red Balloon Day, set up to honour and thank fire fighters across Australia. The recent devastating fires reinforce the need for action on climate change, but also remind us to thank all those who help during these emergencies: www.nationalredballoonday.org.
(Contribution to Debate, 21 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I will make a brief contribution to debate on the Motor Racing Legislation Amendment (Newcastle 500) Bill, which will facilitate the Supercar 500 race in Newcastle.Read more
Monday 13 February 2017
Intrusive noise from large groups of noisy motorcycles late at night has been a concern for some years and getting effective action has proved difficult. Noise regulations are impractical, requiring you to report licence plates to the EPA (telephone 131 555 or www.epa.nsw.gov.au/mvreporting) so that vehicles can be called in for inspection.
Kings Cross Police and the RMS carry out weekend joint operations on Cowper Wharf Road with noisy vehicles tested on the spot. I’ve asked the Surry Hills and Sydney City Police Commanders to carry out similar operations in the CBD and Oxford Street precincts.
With a new roads minister and a new environment minister appointed, I’m following up again for more effective enforcement.
Monday 30 January 2017
Macquarie University VegeSafe project research shows high levels of lead in inner city soil – generally a legacy of previous paints and petrol. This may be a concern if you have children or an edible garden and the Macquarie project provides free soil metal screening. The research is HERE and screening applications HERE.
For general information about lead and how you can prevent problems, see the EPA website, HERE.
The spectacular and rare environmental and Aboriginal art values and threatened plant and animal species of the Gardens of Stone are at risk because much of the area is excluded from the adjacent Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, leaving it subject to mining. Underground mining has already collapsed cliffs, cracked pagodas, polluted water sources and dried swamps and now miners want to extract all remaining coal, including through open cut mining. I have asked the Minister for the Environment to reserve the Newnes Plateau and other sandstone uplands adjoining the Gardens of Stone National Park.
This is also an important bushwalking, rock climbing and camping area and I encourage you to also write to the minister. My letter is HERE.Read more