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New Mental Health Services for Callan Park

The NSW Ministry of Health has announced that Sydney Local Health District will liaise with the community on opportunities for step down mental health provision at Callan Park. Jamie Parker MP for Balmain will be meeting with Department of Health this coming Tuesday with a view to developing a plan to roll out mental health…

Community Gets First Look at Future of Callan Park

Over 300 local residents gathered in Balmain Town Hall yesterday to hear about the government’s developing Landscape Structure Plan for Callan Park. he meeting gives residents their first opportunity to hear from landscape design consultants employed by the Office of Environment and Heritage and provide feedback on their initial concepts. Jamie Parker MP, Member for…

Greens propose new corruption laws

Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain and Greens anti-corruption spokesperson, today introduced a Bill to create new, modern criminal offences that capture corrupt conduct: the Crimes Amendment (Misconduct in Public Office and Other Matters) Bill 2018. Commenting on the Bill, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain says: “Over decades, successive Liberal and Labor governments have passed hundreds…

Callan Park Public Meeting

For almost 20 years, community groups and the Greens have defended Callan Park from being sold off, developed and commercialised.. Progress has been made, defeating a range of development proposals by Labor and Liberal governments. The absence of apartments on Callan Park today is evidence of our success but there is so much more to…

Car Park Opens at Former Balmain Tigers Leagues Club

Property developer Heworth Development has announced they will reopen the carpark at the former Balmain Tigers Leagues Club site. Commenting on the development application, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain said: “Opening up the car park for public use is an important sign of goodwill from the new developers. “This decision shows Heworth is serious about…

Leichhardt Eviction Exposes Government Failure on Affordable Housing

Residents of an apartment block at 16 William Street Leichhardt are facing eviction following the sale of the property. The apartment building includes 10 studios and 2 two bedroom apartments. Commenting on the evictions, Jamie Parker MP for Balmain said: “This apartment complex was one of the few truly affordable blocks left in our local…

Local Sewing Group Tackle Single Use Plastic Bags

This Saturday, Boomerang Bags Inner West launched their first bag exchange at Supabarn Annandale. The bag exchange is a joint initiative between Boomerang Bags Sydney Inner West and local childcare center Explore and Develop Annandale. Their aim is to reduce the use of single use plastic bags. Commenting on the initiative, Maggie Huang from Boomerang…

Balmain Development Boom Prompts Elliott St Ferry Call

In 2013, the government shut down the Elliott Street ferry wharf claiming it was under used. With more developments, residents and cars in the area, locals are calling on the government to reinstate services to West Balmain. A petition launched on Jamie Parker’s website last week has already attracted over 1,000 signatures. Commenting on the…

Safe Access Zones Bill Passes Upper House of NSW Parliament

Greens NSW MP and Spokesperson for the Status of Women, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has welcomed passage of the Public Health Amendment (Safe Access to Reproductive Health Clinics) Bill 2018 in the Upper House of NSW Parliament. The Bill seeks to establish 150m safe access zones outside reproductive health clinics in NSW. Dr Faruqi said:…

Election Funding Bill a Missed Opportunity

The government’s new Electoral Funding Bill 2018 (NSW) will dramatically change the landscape of elections in NSW. The Bill includes some positive measures around the definition of prohibited donors, increases transparency and for the first time introduces some spending caps in local government elections. However, it also increases administrative funding for political parties, and maintains…