Post lockdown boost for a vibrant Wollongong night-life

"While Wollongong nightlife has been steadily improving, we still have a long way to go to have a truly vibrant night-time economy. Many places along the foreshore are popular in the day but deserted in the evening due to lack of food options"

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Summer beachside dining option for the city's food trucks

Illawarra Mercury, July 29 2021

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Greens call for improved Corrimal train service before coke works development proceeds

GREENS candidate for the Wollongong City Council elections in September, Bronwyn Batten has called for better train services for Corrimal before the coke works development proceeds.

“Even with the proposed reduction of dwellings from 750 down to 550 the size of the development cannot be justified merely because it is adjacent to Corrimal Railway Station,” Dr Batten said.

Read more in The Bulli & Clifton Times July 13, 2021 

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Reverse the TAFE cuts!

This Notice of Motion seeks to reassert councils commitment to TAFE through the economic development strategy, recognizing it as an essential training service.

It's really important that we have guaranteed funding for TAFE.
It's especially important in this time of COVID as TAFE is so strategically positioned to re-skill, re-train and re-deploy people.

Hear more from ABC Radio Illawarra, 11th May 2021

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Is the Tallawarra B power station ever going to be really sustainable?

Mithra Cox Greens Councillor and Mayoral candidate is concerned. Mithra speaks about this project on

ABC Radio Illawarra, 5th May 2021

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Wollongong council's stance on shark nets welcomed

Cr Cath Blakey moved a motion at Monday's meeting that the council make a submission to a review into the NSW shark management strategy, in which it would oppose the use of nets in favour of drone and helicopter surveillance, listening stations, personal shark deterrent devices, and SMART drumlines.

The motion was passed unanimously.

Read the article by Natalie Coxon in The Illawarra Mercury, 20 April 2021

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Greens announce fresh faces for Wollongong City Council tilt

Public transport campaigner Bronwyn Batten and paramedic and environmental activist Jess Whittaker will join existing councillors Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey.

Ms Cox will lead the Greens team as Lord Mayoral candidate, as well as seeking re-election in Ward 1. Ms Blakey will again be the lead candidate in Ward 2. Priority candidates will also include Ms Whittaker as the lead candidate in Ward 3, and Dr Batten as the number 2 candidate in Ward 1.

Read the report by Zoe Cartwright in The Illawarra Mercury, 19 April 2021

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Council Greens Launch

The Greens is the first party to show its hand for the upcoming Wollongong Council election, launching a ticket today. It comes as other parties keep their campaign plans close to their chest with 5 months to run.
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Watch the video from WIN News, 19 April 2021

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Do we need shark netting?

A new shark management strategy is under revision, bringing the current mesh netting program into the spotlight.
New data shows that more than 250 animals, including rays, turtles and dolphins, died in Illawarra shark nets in the past 9 years, and now could be time for change. There are better ways of protecting swimmers.
Wollongong City Council has supported the removal of shark nets for many years, but the state insists they must stay. Wollongong Greens Councillor Cath Blakey is hoping that on Monday council will vote to make a submission to the State Parliament to remove them.
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Watch the video on 13 April 2021 on WIN News

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Small fine for pollution by South32

An independent water scientist says a coal spill into Brandy and Water Creek at Figtree was potentially hazardous, contrary to a report by the environment authority.
It comes as residents call for a review of the $15,000 fine issued to South 32, after coal wash spewed into waterways.
Wollongong Greens Councillor Cath Blakey calls for a Ministerial Review and more stringent discharge standards.
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Watch the video from WIN News, 8 April 2021

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Council reverses 'fun police' decision on Thirroul basketball hoop

Last month the council wrote to the Craig and Sarah Rossignol to inform them that a fixed basketball stand opposite their Kilncar Crescent house was a footpath obstruction and had to be taken down immediately, or risk a $330 on-the-spot fine.  After appeals from Keira MP Ryan Park and Greens Councillor Mithra Cox, the decision has been reversed and Thirroul families will not be penalised for the community basketball hoop.

Greens Councillor Mithra Cox said parents shouldn't be penalised for encouraging kids to play outdoors.

Read the report by Zoe Cartright in The Illawarra Mercury, 6 April 2021.

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