Cuts to National Parks are impacting on Wollongong locals

Funding cuts to National Parks have become so extreme that they are starting to have an impact on Wollongong residents, Wollongong's  Greens Councillors  have said on the eve of a rally in Wollongong to increase National Parks funding.

"Residents in Austinmer are being parked out because of the huge volume of walkers using the Sublime Point track," said Mithra Cox, Greens Ward 1 councillor. "There are dozens of other amazing bushwalks in the Illawarra escarpment, but there are no maps, no signposts and the tracks are not properly maintained."

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Greens propose solar farm and affordable housing for Tallawarra Lands

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Thursday 7 September, 2017

Following renewed interest in the status, and stagnation, of the Tallawarra Lands housing development, the Illawarra Greens are keen to take the initiative, and want to see Wollongong Council advocate for an affordable housing solution, incorporating a 20 megawatt rooftop solar farm.

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Westconnex to spoil Wollongong roads

The Westconnex tunnel project plans to bring all its excavated material to Port Kembla. The spoil from this controversial tunnel is expected to be produced at up to 9,000 tonnes of rock per day.

Shifting this rock could cause a lot of damage to our area. Do we want this to happen? Greens NSW Environment, Roads and Freight Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, says, “The Illawarra shouldn’t be the dumping ground, whether by train or by truck, for the problems being created by the WestConnex."

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Kids risking their lives walking to school in Wollongong

Mithra Cox, The Greens Mayoral candidate has released a photo essay of children walking in dangerous situations because the council has not invested in the pedestrian infrastructure to keep them safe.  Most of these kids are just walking to their local school.

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Greens call for shuttle bus service expansion

NSW Greens MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi visited Wollongong today to join Wollongong Greens Council candidates calling for the free 'gong shuttle' bus service to be expanded to have more frequent services, and to include Wollongong's disadvantaged southern suburbs.

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Marriage Equality

All Greens candidates in the Wollongong Council Election will be voting YES in the postal survey on marriage equality, if it goes ahead. The Greens consistently stand for equality. Any two adults who want to marry should be able to do so.

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Meet our candidates

Meet the Greens candidates for Wollongong in the Council Election, and hear our vision for Wollongong.

Council Campaign Video

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Illawarra Greens launch empty homes levy to build local community houseing

The Illawarra Greens today launched a new plan that will free up local rental accommodation and raise between $4.5 million and $15 million per year for Wollongong Council to spend on community housing. 
The most recent Census data shows more 6 than,000 homes in Wollongong council area are unoccupied. That’s 8% of properties, and it’s a troubling figures given the current housing crisis.
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Greens announce $400k solar fund for low income households

The Greens Lord Mayoral Candidate for Wollongong, Mithra Cox today unveiled a plan to establish a $400,000 fund for interest free loans to be made available for people on low incomes to buy rooftop solar.

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Stormwater -- make it a resource

The Greens candidates for Wollongong Council want to see stormwater slowed down so that it does not flood properties, cause erosion, or dump sediment in the lake or the ocean. Stormwater should be collected at construction sites, on rooves, and beside roads. It can then be used in yards and gardens, or be allowed to settle before a slower release to the drains.

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