Alex's Update 211

Alex's Update 211

Monday 27 March 2017

Barangaroo Noise, Marina Redevelopment, Support Legal Centres, LPI Rally, Kirketon Road Centre, REELise Film Festival and Youth Week

Barangaroo Noise

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:  

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.

Marina Redevelopment

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

Support Legal Centres

On Wednesday 29 March 4-4.30pm at Belmore Park (Eddy Avenue) you can show support for continued funding of community legal centres, which help 685 people nationally each day, but have to turn away 438 people every day. Federal funding cuts from 1 July will result in another 205 people turned away each day. Details HERE

LPI Rally

Tomorrow Tuesday 28 March from 12 noon there is a free BBQ outside the LPI building, opposite St Mary's Cathedral followed by a rally against privatisation of NSW Land and Property Information at Martin Palace near Macquarie Street at 1 pm. Details at or HERE

I opposed the bill to privatise LPI – it risks the quality of service, property fraud and increased costs in buying and selling a home. However the government pushed legislation through Parliament and seems intent on proceeding with the sale.

Kirketon Road Centre

In Parliament, I put on record the inspiring 30 year history of the Kirketon Road Centre and its long term Director Dr Ingrid van Beek, who retires in April. Kirketon Road has been a pioneering drug and HIV service provider, leader in education and outreach to marginalised groups and remains a champion of ‘health for all’. My statement is HERE.

Visit the centre above the Darlinghurst Fire Station during the Open Day on Friday 7 April 10am-4pm, with tours of the facility and Clinic 180 in Victoria Street Potts Point. Information HERE

REELise Film Festival

I’m presenting one of the 2017 prizes at the REELise Film Festival in VMAX at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on 1 April 2017. The festival showcases young people’s short films on bullying, and starts 4pm with temporary tattoos and photobooth, roving entertainment and the NSW Police Rock Band, followed by film screenings. Information and films: and tickets available HERE.

Youth Week

Both the City of Sydney and Woollahra Council list activities and events for Youth Week 31 March to 9 April. Local events HERE and HERE.

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!