Alex's Update Issue 163:

Monday 4 April 2016

Liquor Law Review Submission, Street Tree Pruning Win, Seniors Week Festival, Light Rail Student WinREELISE Film Festival and Woollahra Arts



My submission to the Independent Liquor Review calls for the 1.30am lockout to be lifted from well managed venues, live performance venues and small bars of 120 patrons or less, a legislated time that venues must cease liquor service, a new category of saturation zones to replace the current liquor freeze and renewable late night liquor licences instead of permanent licences. I also call for casino exemptions to be removed and for public transport to operate when licensed premises operate so that people can safely leave an area and get home.

My submission:


In response to strong local resident campaigns and my representations, Ausgrid has changed its guidelines for street pruning around electricity cables, reducing the distance between branches and wires outside bushfire zones and requiring an arborist to authorise removal of major branches.

Ausgrid should bundle cables as a matter of course in the inner city in order to reduce the need for pruning.

Under Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s leadership, the City of Sydney undergrounds electricity and telephone cables during road or park upgrades.

Street trees are vital for local amenity and destructive pruning can ruin the streetscape and remover the city’s green lungs. My question in Parliament asks for better protection of street trees: 


The 2016 Seniors Festival has lots of event and activities: - or call my office for a program.

Carole Ann King of Woolloomooloo is my nominee for the Sydney electorate Seniors Local Achievement Award. Carole Ann has worked many years to support vulnerable community members and is a fierce advocate for marginalised and excluded people – I’m proud to acknowledge her valuable contribution to our community.


The minister has announced that school students from July will finally be able to travel on light rail as well as buses, ferries and trains, using the School Student Travel Subsidy. We’ve been calling for this for some years, but the government has repeatedly delayed a decision.


This year, I’m again supporting the REELISE pocket film festival, and will join the awards night this Saturday 9 April from 5.30pm at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction. Details:


The Waverley and Woollahra Art Society is running workshops to paint Woollahra’s ‘familiar and famous’ on 7, 14 and 21 April at the Gaden Centre Woollahra Information: phone 9387 2461, email or