Wollongong City Council eyes local and ethical purchasing policies

Wollongong Greens Councillor Mithra Cox has called on the council to include options for an “ethical purchasing policy” in considering tenders. Cr Cox this week told the Mercury that this would be to ensure council suppliers and sub-contractors would need to meet the same standards as WCC on human rights, environmental sustainability and workers’ rights.

“Council is one of the largest purchasers in the region – and should set the standards for ethical behaviour,” Cr Cox said.

Read the article by Ben Langford in the Illawarra Mercury, January 5 2018

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University of Wollongong student democracy under the microscope

The University of Wollongong can expect ‘’an almighty and continuing fight on their hands’’ if Chloe Rafferty is not reinstated president of the Wollongong Undergraduate Students’ Association (WUSA).

So said Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge, who will join student protestors on December 18 at a rally to protect student democracy at UOW.

Read the article by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 11 December 2017.

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Wollongong City Council to help cover costs to keep Gong Shuttle fare-free

Wollongong City Council will stump up the cash needed to keep the Gong Shuttle free. At their final meeting for the year, most councillors voted to free up an annual amount of $350,000 for the next three years to fund the state government service, as long as the bus route remains free during that time.

Independent Greens councillor Mithra Cox was one those to speak against the funding. However, she voted for the final motion.

"We should not be funding this, it is financially irresponsible and politically stupid and handing a gift to Gareth Ward," Ms Cox said/ "We have caved so quickly. Gareth Ward must be thinking you beauty, that was really easy. This is a dangerous slippery slope of local government funding things that are a state government responsibility."

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in the Illawarra Mercury, 11 December 2017.

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Wollongong Coal use of council land near golf course may cost ratepayers

Ratepayers could end up footing a rehabilitation bill while mining company Wollongong Coal gets part of a golf course, courtesy of a complex land deal from the past, a new Wollongong City councillor fears. The Russell Vale colliery has been using council-owned land to “emplace”, or store, waste coal, with about 200,000 tonnes of it there now.

At Monday’s council meeting Greens councilor Mithra Cox will move for a briefing on this situation and why council has failed to obtain a security bond owed to it by Wollongong Coal.

Read the article by Ben Langford in The Illawarra Mercury, 8 December 2017

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Greens plan to build a bike track on every Wollongong street

In 30 years, every street in Wollongong would have a dedicated cycleway and bikes would outnumber cars on roads throughout the city.

That is the future vision being proposed by Greens councillor Mithra Cox, who says she has become increasingly frustrated with all the talk of fixing roads since being elected to the council.

On Monday night, Cr Cox will propose the creation of a three decade plan to transform Wollongong into a world-leader for active transport.

 

Read the article by Kate McIlwain  in The Illawarra Mercury, 4 December 2017

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Wollongong area severely unaffordable, say Greens

The Greens say the latest Rental Affordability Index shows the Wollongong region is severely unaffordable for single people on benefits and single pensioners. For example, they say a single pensioner would typically pay 60 per cent of their income on rent, leading to significant housing stress.

This article is from the December 4 issue of The Illawarra Mercury Digital Edition.
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Cycle Your Way To Better Health

The Green’s plan to enable safe cycling throughout Wollongong  aims to reduce our dependance on the motor vehicle, but it’s hoped the increased exercise will also improve the health of our community.

According to NSW health statistics, 64% of adults in the Illawarra Local Health District are overweight or obese- up from 48% in 2002. That means we have the third-highest rate of obesity in NSW. Councillor Cox says in Copenhagen, where 62% of people ride to work, the obesity are is around 15%.

“Providing our citizens with a universal cycle network that is safe and accessible for everyone could be the most effective initiative we as a city can implement to improve the health of our population. ”

Read the article in Northern Illawarra, 3 December 2017

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Mithra Wants You On Your Bike

Riding your bike to work or school, or even out to dinner, in the Northern Illawarra  and in to Wollongong, could become a serious option.

If Ward One Councillor Mithra Cox and her Greens councillors have their way, over the next 30 years, Wollongong will become a bike-friendly city which rivals Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Read the article in Northern Illawarra, 3 December 2017.

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Honk! Oz street music festival launched for a fourth year in Wollongong

Newly elected Wollongong councillor Cath Blakey helped officially launch the Honk! Oz Street Music Festival in the Crown Street Mall on Friday.

Dozens of musicians came together to put on a lunchtime show as a taster for the three day free music festival from January 11 to 13.

Read the article by Desiree Savage in The Illawarra Mercury, 25 November 2017

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Greens Push Bikes and Trains

Local councillors say they’ve already had a flurry of calls and emails from locals opposed to the idea of linking Phillip Street Thirroul to Foothills Rd in Austinmer. Local Greens councillor Mithra Cox says our subtropical rainforest is unique and wonderful and should be protected from development- and that includes more roads! Instead of roads we should improve our rail service and build cycleways. "If we don’t invest in public and active transport, our car use and our traffic congestion will continue to increase.”

Read the article in Northern Illawarra, 23 November 2017

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