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Forget the ALP, time for a Greens/unions unholy alliance

Guy Rundle, Crikey. 17 June, 2009 It was always a dead cert that Julia Gillard’s light makeover of the Howard government’s building industry laws would get through caucus, despite the opposition of Doug Cameron and some other antediluvian throwbacks who believe that a labour party should believe in equality before the law for everybody, workers…

Government Money Should Go To Councils Not Panels

The $2.4 million announced by the government to set up and administer regional planning panels should instead go directly to councils who still carry the workload of development assessments even though elected councils have lost their powers to determine most DAs. “Regional Planning Panels are just the latest step in this government’s march towards centralising…

Leichhardt’s Draft Budget 2009-2010 and 4 Year Management Plan Have Your Say

I am delighted to make our Draft Budget and Management Plan available to the community for comment and trust that it demonstrates our combined commitment to the economy, community and environment of our municipality. Council has maintained a robust financial position and will be taking steps to address the underinvestment in basic infrastructure as well…

Balmain Town Hall & Library re open to the public

Last Monday, I was proud to be on hand to officially re-open the Balmain Library to the public following a complete refurbishment over the last 12 months. It is very exciting to see the new Library come to life with vastly improved facilities for all ages including greater accessibility, state of the art technology and…

Parents swing into action to stop relocation plan

SMH 18.3.09 WITH 84 children, and 350 on its waiting list, uprooting St Thomas’s Rozelle Child Care Centre to make way for a metro line that may never be built is not something parents will take lying down. The community child-care centre is on one of the busiest sections of Victoria Road – at the…

From Union Chief To Union Buster

NSW MLC Sylvia Hale, Greens spokesperson on Corrective Services, has called on the Premier and the Minister for Corrective Services to restrain the Commissioner of Corrective Services Ron Woodham from his attempts to break the prison officers union at Cessnock. This morning the gates of Cessnock Prison have been chained shut and prison officers locked…

Leichhardt donates money for Victorian bushfire appeal

The devastating bushfires in Victoria 3 weeks ago were a natural disaster beyond anything we have witnessed on Australian soil before. With the terrible death toll & whole towns and communities wiped out in one afternoon, the Community of Victoria will need all the assistance they can get in rebuilding their lives. On Friday 13…

Greens win strong support in council election results

The Greens have won an overwhelming endorsement from the Leichhardt community with a 12% swing to the Greens in the 2008 council elections. The Greens won 6 of the 12 positions on Leichhardt Council. Returning Greens Councillors – Rochelle Porteous (Eora ward), Michele McKenzie (Wangal ward) and Jamie Parker (Birrabirragal ward) have been joined by…