Two Greens elected to Wollongong council amid "huge swing"

Two young women, Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey, are set to become Wollongong’s two new Greens councillors.

Ms Cox, from Corrimal, gained 22.5 per cent of the formal vote on Sunday afternoon, which will see her easily elected in the northern suburbs.In central Wollongong, Ms Blakey had just under the required 20 per cent of the vote, which will get her across the line. These results are well up on the 2011 election, when the party got about 13 per cent of the primary vote in wards 1 and 2.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury, September 10 2017

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Nightlife and creative economy

 Watch Mithra Cox on Win News, 6 September 2017, talking about how to encourage a lively, creative and safe nightlife economy.

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With just days to go to the local Government elections, lord mayoral candidates in Wollongong have stepped up their campaigns to woo voters.

Labor says it will ...attract jobs and business by cutting red tape, while the Greens say jobs and a better lifestyle can be created by encouraging a vibrant night life.

 

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How Illawarra council candidates plan to attract tourists to Wollongong and Shellharbour

 The revitalisation of Mount Keira Summit, cruise ships, a state-funded upgrade of the WIN Entertainment Centre and a boost to Wollongong’s bushwalks and cycling facilities have emerged as top tourism priorities for those running in Saturday’s election.

 Read the article, by Kate McIlwain, in the Illawarra Mercury, 7 September 2017

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Greens ‘night mayor’ plan to make Wollongong’s after-dark dreams come true

 

As polling day gets closer, most political candidates would be keen to avoid suggesting that their election could saddle the city with something that sounds like a bad dream.

But the Greens mayoral contender Mithra Cox says she, if elected to lead the city, would seek to put a “Night Mayor” in charge of firing up Wollongong after dark.

Based on a concept started in Amsterdam – and used in London, Paris and Zurich – the Night Mayor would be a part time role to help speed up approvals for bars, galleries and restaurants.

 Read the article, by Kate McIlwain,  6 September 2017 (front page on print edition)

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Let's walk to school

Ben Langford, of the Illawarra Mercury, says that "the call from the Greens to ramp up the money Wollongong City Council spends on footpaths, making it safer for kids to walk to school, is spot on."

Read the article in The Illawarra Mercury, August 31 2017

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Supporters of marriage equality speak up at University of Wollongong rally

His partner and long-time love Peter Bonsall-Boone died as a ‘’second-class citizen’’.Now legendary gay rights activist Peter De Waal is on a mission to ensure no-one else misses the boat on marriage. On Wednesday he showed up at the University of Wollongong with his grandson Jamil Badi by his side, to speak at the Yes to Marriage Equality! rally.

 Read the report by Agron Latifi in the Illawarra Mercury

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Mayoral contenders reveal their grand plans for Wollongong

 

 Stamping out illegal dumping, capping rate rises and shutting down skydiving operations in Stuart Park are some of the proposals being put forward by those hoping to become Wollongong’s next Lord Mayor.

Greens Lord Mayoral candidate, Mithra Cox, wants to boost council staff union membership and ensure safe footpaths for children to get to school

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Wollongong Greens candidate calls out "dangers" of walking to school

Many schoolchildren across Wollongong have no choice but to walk along the road due to a lack of footpaths, Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Mithra Cox says.

The Corrimal mother, who says footpaths and cycleways are a key policy of her party ahead of the September 9 election, says she was contacted by a number of parents about their children’s “dangerous” walk to school.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury. 28 August 2017

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Most Illawarra council candidates say they will vote yes in marriage survey

 

Seventy four per cent of Wollongong and Shellharbour council candidates who answered a Mercury survey say they plan to vote yes in the postal vote on same-sex marriage.

This included all Labor and Greens respondents, incumbent Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, respondents from Shellharbour’s ALP-member independents and all of Vicki Curran’s Wollongong independent group.

Read Kate McIlwain's report in the Illawarra Mercury

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