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Confusion and delay steal the day with Baird’s forced council mergers

Baird’s unpopular forced council amalgamations are continuing to cause confusion and chaos, with advice from the Office of Local Government today indicating that there could be as many as four separate election dates for local councils. The so-called “clarification was sent by circular to all local councils this week. It sets out four possible election…

Callan Park Skate Park

Callan Park has been described as a ‘Jewel of the Inner West’. Successive State Government have attempted to sell off parts of this jewel over the years but were stopped by widespread community outrage and activism. Once this was achieved Leichhardt Council agreed upon a Callan Park Master Plan that was designed and agreed upon…

Join the campaign for Shore to Ship power at White Bay

It is five months since the low sulfur fuel regulation was introduced for cruise ships berthed in Sydney Harbour. Whilst there has been some improvement in air quality as a result, residents living close to the White Bay Cruise Terminal [WBCT] continue to report significant health and amenity impacts. Even with summer behind us, WBCT…

Ban The Bag: Greens To Introduce Plastic Shopping Bags Prohibition Bill

Greens NSW MPs Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Environment spokesperson, and Ms Tamara Smith, Marine Environment spokesperson and Ballina MP, will today introduce bills into both houses of NSW Parliament that would ban the retail supply of single-use plastic shopping bags so as to reduce the impact of plastic bags on the environment, including the marine environment.…

Senate backs Greens motion calling on Auditor-General to investigate WestConnex

The Greens motion calling on the Auditor-General to investigate the Commonwealth funding approvals for the WestConnex was passed unanimously by the Australian Senate today. Senator Rhiannon said: “Winning Senate support for a federal audit of WestConnex was a great breakthrough that comes on top of the release of the AEC political donations data that shines…

Council amalgamation submissions

The state government has appointed ‘a delegate’ to examine its proposal to amalgamate Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield Councils and to hear from the public. The delegate will have to measure the proposal against the ten criteria listed below. After each of these criteria we cite some of the evidence that shows the government’s case does…

Jim Casey announced as Greens candidate for Grayndler

Local Firefighter Jim Casey wins Greens preselection for Granydler, flags a strong community campaign on saving the climate, housing affordability, and stopping Westconnex. Career firefighter Jim Casey has been preselected to contest the electorate of Grayndler for the Greens at the federal election next year. Greens Leader Richard Di Natale has thrown his support behind…

Leichhardt Greens Councillors support the establishment of a Refugee Welcome Centre

Leichhardt Greens Councillors support approaching State and Federal Governments to request funding of a Refugee Welcome Centre in the Inner City to act as a settlement hub and provide relevant support services and facilities. “Leichhardt Greens Councillors also support Callan Park being considered as a suitable location for this refugee community hub and believe that…