Alex's Update 166
Tuesday 26 April 2016
Time to Value Trees
The light rail project aims to create a vital fast and reliable transport option but the government must adopt stronger protections to stop the destruction of trees, tree canopy and wildlife in the parklands. Contractors appear to be making ad hoc decisions based on flawed methodology to fast track construction and I’ve asked the government to review the vegetation plan and increase oversight to ensure the much loved and historic Anzac Parade tree boulevard is not lost. My letter is HERE.
Join the Mega May Day Tree Rally Sunday 1 May 11am at Moore Park West HERE.
Barangaroo PAC Meeting
I will attend the Planning Assessment Commission meeting and speak in support of my submission opposing the Modification 8 amendments to Barangaroo and the Crown casino. The commission will decide on proposals that increase scale and bulk at community expense and privatise waterfront land. My April 2015 submission is HERE.
Community members can attend and observe the proceedings from 11am Thursday 28 April at the Christie Conference Centre, 3 Spring Street Sydney. Details HERE.
Federal Electorate Changes
Federal electorate boundaries have changed for the upcoming election, including for the Wentworth and Sydney electorates – you may have a new federal MP. Check your enrolment and address under the new boundaries HERE.
The NSW government has approved its proposal for a massive spaghetti road junction at St Peters as part of the Westconnex Motorway, despite almost 13,000 submissions raising concerns. The major interchange, road upgrades and ventilation stacks – adjacent to Sydney Park and thousands of residents – will breach air quality standards proposed by COAG in 2012.
While the project is not in the Sydney electorate, it will funnel massive amounts of traffic into the inner city and CBD and will take funds from public transport. I encourage you to link up with the community campaign against the network of toll roads and in favour of public transport, HERE.
Celebrate Robyn Kemmis' Life
Glebe residents have organised an event to celebrate the life and work of Robyn Kemmis. A BYO picnic at Foley Park Glebe Point Road on Sunday 1 May 12-2pm will include a short tribute at 12:30pm. Details: Jan Wilson 0408 207 784 or Susie Cleary 0498 881 113.