Alex's Update Issue 219
Monday 29 May 2017
Sorry Day, Inner West Buses, Harbourside Changes, Global Gag Update, Smoking Bans, California Senate, Woolloomoolivin’ & NAS Appeal
I’ve asked the Premier about what the NSW Government has done and will do to progress long-delayed action on the ‘Bringing Them Home report about the Stolen Generations. The Healing Foundation’s report calls for a needs assessment of survivors, reparations and support to address intergenerational trauma. My questions are HERE.
Inner West Buses
Changing the bus operator for the Inner West region does not address the underlying problems with traffic congestion and the government’s data justifying the decision ignores the number of bus services and usage. Analysis published by The Guardian shows that the worst region for complaints is Inner North Region 7, read HERE.
We need a comprehensive plan to improve public transport that gives priority over private vehicles and reduces traffic congestion. Steps like bringing in longer buses, removing bus stops and changing operators cannot address the underlying problems. I’ve lodged questions in Parliament about inner west bus plans HERE.
The planning minister responded to my objections to the proposed 39-storey tower above the Harbourside building at Darling Harbour, telling me that the department has asked the applicant to do further work on height, location, podium scale, neighbour impacts, public space and amenity. It’s not clear whether this will lead to improvements, but it is a sign that the government has understood our serious concerns. I will monitor the situation and provide updates. My letter and the minister’s reply are HERE.
Global Gag Update
I’m pleased that the Minister for Foreign Affairs has responded to my representations about impacts of the Global Gag rule, confirming that the Australian Government will continue funding family planning and health programs within Australian overseas aid programs. Read response HERE.
Constituents have been contacting me about smoking where it is illegal at outdoor dining venues, near doorways to public buildings, at bus stops and on train platforms. I’ve asked the minister about education and enforcement programs HERE.
You can report hot spots to NSW Health for enforcement: telephone 1800 357 412 or online HERE.
NSW and California are sister states and I was proud to attend the Long Beach Pride celebrations and speak in the Californian Senate on Harvey Milk’s birthday at the invitation of Senator Ricardo Lara about hope for equal treatment of all people. My speech is HERE.
The Woolloomoolivin’ – Biannual Festival of Urban Arts and Culture is on again 11am-5pm Saturday 3 June , with a family-focused all ages drug and alcohol free outdoor community event at the local playground on the corner of Pring and Dowling streets Woolloomooloo. Local residents, businesses, service providers and celebrities put a community day. Details HERE.
It’s time for the annual appeal for the National Art School, with funds raised to provide a comprehensive professional development and coaching program that prepares emerging artists. Details HERE.