Alex's Update Issue 195

Alex's Update Issue 195

Monday 14 November 2016

Crown Lands Jeopardy, Transgender Remembrance, Juanita Nielsen Opening, Elizabeth Bay BBQ, HammondCare, #SnapSydney and Hurried Steps & White Ribbon

Crown Lands Jeopardy

About 42 per cent of New South Wales is Crown land and the government will review all parcels and transfer anything that is not considered of State significance to agencies like UrbanGrowth, councils and private landowners, including developers. Crown lands provide vital habitat and travel routes for endangered species, and include remnants of native vegetation in towns, beaches, and community and recreation space. We know the Fish Market site will be sold; who knows the future of the Paddington Bowling Club, given alleged mismanagement for private profit under the current regime. 

State ownership of Crown land protects community access; environmental, social, heritage and cultural values; and future opportunities to reserve land. The government’s privatisation ideology is getting out of hand and I opposed the bill. My speech is HERE.   

There is a community petition calling for ICAC investigation and deferral of these laws until ICAC has investigated, HERE

Transgender Remembrance

The annual Transgender Day of Remembrance is on 3pm Sunday 20 November in Harmony Park, organised by The Gender Centre with the City of Sydney, NSW Police, Inner City Legal Centre, Trans Sydney Pride and Queer Screen. The event includes the documentary ‘The Trans List’, which looks into the lives of extraordinary transgender people, followed by a candlelight vigil and walk to Taylor Square. Details HERE.

Juanita Nielsen Opening

Lord Mayor Clover Moore will open the newly renovated Juanita Nielsen community centre at 31 Nicholson Street Woolloomooloo on Saturday 19 November 11am-2pm. The facility remembers resident action activist Juanita Nielsen, with a fitness centre, outdoor play area, after-school and vacation care and multipurpose rooms for community hire. Details HERE

Elizabeth Bay BBQ

City of Sydney and Police officers are holding a  free BBQ Sunday 20 November 11am-2pm at Beare Park, with Feature Creatures, mobile reptile show, children’s activities, live music and information about safety. Details HERE.


The revised HammondCare DA 476 for 118A and 120 Darlinghurst Road replacing the car wash with aged care, changes building setbacks and view corridors, roof form, ground floor use and vehicle access. Submissions due 21 November, HERE.


I will be taking part in #SnapAustralia Wednesday16 November, along with thousands of people photographing the amazing things that make where they live special and posting to social media. Join me to celebrate and showcase our Sydney by using the hashtag #SnapSydney.

Hurried Steps

Dacia Maraini’s play presents ten stories about women, asking why violence against women is in all countries, cultures, social, religious, geographical and racial groups. Performances on 25 and 27 November support the UN WOMEN'S CAMPAIGN - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and White Ribbon Day on 25 November. Tickets HERE.    

You can find out about violence against women, get involved and take action at

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