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Sydney Uni VC opens door for new university elite

Commenting on Sydney University Vice Chancellor Michael Spence’s plan for students who benefit from subsidised places to pay more for a degree, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said: “VC Spence’s plan would lead to a new elite within universities and risks the development of subprime degrees. “Just as it appeared that the university sector could…

Labor and Liberal from new local coalition

Labor Mayor Darcy Byrne, elected with the support of the Liberal Councillors and Deputy Mayor, Vera Anne Hannaford, elected with the support of the Labor Councillors will need to show us in this next 12 month term of council that they are prepared to stand up for their community on the important issues currently facing…

TAFE teachers under attack as Baird government ramps up privatisation

As the next step in their privatisation of skills education, the Baird-Grant government is pushing new workplace conditions onto TAFE teachers that will deny students to be taught be a professional educator, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. (‘TAFE teachers downgraded and salaries cut as ‘second-chance’ education slashed‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 13 September, )…

Government Response to White Bay Cruise Ship Inquiry Falls Short

Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous said a lot more work needs to be done to address resident concerns following the release last week of the Government’s response to the White Bay Cruise Terminal Inquiry findings. “The fact is the Government has failed to act in a number of key areas, with a response that falls well…

Parliamentary survey shows forced amalgamations on the nose

The Baird government’s plan for super-sized councils and forced amalgamations has been roundly rejected by more than 70% of respondents to a survey conducted by the Parliamentary Inquiry into Local Government.

Key survey findings were:

72% of survey respondents did not support their local council being amalgamated
73% stated they believed council services would be compromised by amalgamations
75% that they do not believe amalgamations will improve financial sustainability

Leichhardt Council Again Rejects Parramatta Rd MOU

Leichhardt Council this week again voted not to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UrbanGrowth NSW as part of UrbanGrowth NSW’s Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy. After rejecting signing the MOU in February this year, Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous said nothing has altered in UrbanGrowth’s Strategy to convince Council to reconsider its position.…

Cycleways under attack by Baird government

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi has criticised the Baird government’s continued attacks this week on cycleways and active transport in NSW. Dr Faruqi said: “Earlier this week the government handed down another budget that had next to nothing for cycleways while millions are wasted on polluting toll roads. Even within the…

Concerns over Cockatoo Island Marina

Leichhardt Council today submitted its response to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust over a proposal to establish commercial marina berthing, maintenance and boat storage facilities within Sutherland Dock on Cockatoo Island. Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous said the Council submission – finalised by Council staff with external consultants and approved by Council last night – raises…

Callan Park breakthrough

By Greens MP, Jamie Parker The campaign to protect the ‘jewel of the inner west’ took a significant step forward on Thursday when parliament agreed to secure the future of Callan Park. I have been actively involved in the Callan Park campaign for over ten years, and I am delighted with this breakthrough. Thank you…