Loss of Free Gong Shuttle a Stab in the Back for the Community

All the councillors in Wollongong are united in their opposition to the State Government's decision to ace the Free Green bus in Wollongong.

Read here the response from Greens State MP, Mehreen Faruqi.

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Wollongong councillors vote to pave way for five park sales

Wollongong Council wants to sell off 5 suburban plots that are currently public land. Council voted in favour 10:2 -- the 2 who opposed it were the two Greens Councillors, Cath Blakey and Mithra Cox.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 31 October 2017

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Wollongong council will fly the rainbow flag until November 17

Great outcome for Councillor Mithra Cox's first motion -- the council will fly the rainbow flag until 17 November.

Read the report by Kate McIlwain, The Illawarra Mercury, 30 October 2017

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Flying the rainbow flag a proud day for Wollongong councillor

 The proposal by Greens Councillor Mithra Cox, that the rainbow flag should be flown on the Council Building until after the result of the postal survey, was passed 8:4, with heartfelt personal support from Labor Councillor Tania Brown.

Read the article by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 21 October 2017

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Push To Raise The Rainbow Flag Over Wollongong

A push will be made in next week's meeting of Wollongong City Council to fly the symbol of the YES vote on Same Sex Marriage outside the council's admin building.  Green's councillor MITHRA COX will make the issue of ' raising the rainbow flag ' a Notice Of Motion - stating that Wollongong is lagging behind other councils, who are doing it as a show of support for the L-G-B-T-I community.
 
Read  the report from 96.5 WaveFM (we will add sound segment if we get one later)
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Renewed call for Wollongong council to raise rainbow flag

Greens Ward 1 Councillor Mithra Cox will call on Wollongong City Council to raise the rainbow flag above its headquarters as the marriage equality postal survey enters its final days. In her first notice of motion, Mithra has asked her colleagues to support her push to fly the LGBTQI symbol as a show of support for diversity across the city.

While motivated by the same-sex marriage postal survey, Ms Cox said her motion was “not advocating a Yes vote” –but was a show of support in a “difficult time”.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 25 October 2017.

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Hundreds have rallied across New South Wales against the State Government's cuts to the National Parks and Wildlife service.

Hundreds have rallied against the cut of the budgets of National Parks and Wildlife. About $120m has been cut off the budget. Graham Burgess, National Parks Association Illawarra, says it will increase illegal activity. National Parks and Wildlife has stated that it will employ an additional 119 frontline employees, and is committed to maintaining and upgrading local walking tracks.

Watch report on 9 News Illawarra, 19 October, 2014

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs at UOW

University of Wollongong student Josh Bell is ‘’ecstatic’’ the Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to university enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

Bell, the UOW Greens on Campus convenor said Wollongong and the Illawarra did not need the government making it harder for people to get an education.

Read the report by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 19 October 2017

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Wollongong protesters rally to save National Parks and Wildlife Service jobs

The Public Service Association (PSA) fears the NSW Government’s restructuring of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will cut jobs and jeopardise public safety.‘’The government is this year alone cutting another $121 million from the budget of NPWS,’’ PSA Illawarra regional co-ordinator Tony Heathwood said. Greens Ward 1 Councillor Mithra Cox was among those at a rally to support them.

Read the report by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 20 October 2017.

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Parking Issues not Sublime

 

Funding cuts to the National Parks is causing traffic problems in Austinmer, as Sublime Point becomes increasingly popular with sightseers and local exercisers.

That’s according to Greens Councillor Mithra Cox who says the cost-cutting is affecting local residents, our bushland is suffering and deer and weeds are spreading through our fragile ecosystem.

Read the Northern Illawarra report, 18 October 2017.

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