Alex’s Update Issue 18
Rainbow Crossing, Environment Scorecard, Fracking our Water, Policing Reform, Mental Health Recovery
Last Monday was the launch of multiple environment groups’ midterm Government scorecard – read it HERE . The damning ‘E’ reflects a backward environmental step almost every month over two years, including cuts to the solar bonus scheme and weakened protections for the critically endangered grey nurse shark.
In Parliament I asked the Premier to honour his pre-election commitment to ban coal seam gas mining in Sydney’s water catchment areas. He said the Chief Scientist audit of coal seam gas would focus on water catchment impacts. My question is HERE.
I also shared with the Parliament the serious concerns with policing at the Mardi Gras Festival. Reports of heavy-handed policing, aggressive language, failure to respond to safety concerns, public strip searches, drug operations treating everyone as criminals and comments about clothing undermine strong partnerships between LGBTI communities and police. I called for a thorough and fair complaints system that results in action. My speech is HERE.
The Inner City Mental Health Recovery Working Party does very important work helping Surry Hills social housing tenants with complex health needs recover and engage with the community. The group holds community building events and links consumers with service providers and advocates. My community recognition notice about their work can be found HERE.
Have a great week
Alex Greenwich MP
Independent Member for Sydney
PS. Today is Autism Awareness Day and tonight the Opera House will be lit blue this evening to as part of Autism Awareness’ event. Information is available HERE.