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Cycle city on track: Wollongong councillors vote to progress ambitious bike plan

The strategy and budget were both unanimously supported, with many councillors saying it was "the perfect time" for Wollongong to embrace cycling.

Greens Ward 1 Councillor, Mithra Cox, who criticised the council several months ago for not spending enough on cycling, said she was thrilled to support the strategy going out for public comment.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 30 June 2020

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'Don't do it!': Protesters 'scare off' buyers for heritage fig tree land

The land is owned by the NSW Government's Land and Housing Corporation, and has been put up for sale twice in recent years after negotiations with Wollongong City Council to take the land for a park failed.The council said LAHC wanted a full commercial price for the lot.

Three councillors - the Greens' Cath Blakey and Mithra Cox and Labor's Ann Martin - attended the auction. All three said they thought the council should be able to buy the land and turn it into a public space.

Cr Cox said she would ideally like it to be passed to council in a "land swap" so that public money did not need to be paid twice to acquire the property.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 27 June 2020

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Renewed push to make Wollongong a cycling city after COVID bike boom

Across Australia, there have been reports of surging bicycle sales amid the lockdown, which has forced people to look at socially distant ways to exercise and commute. As the country faces more long-term challenges of incorporating social distancing into people's daily lives, there has been a renewed push to improve cycling facilities in all Australian cities.

In this climate, cycling infrastructure has been a source of tension at Wollongong council in recent weeks, with councillors having heated debates about decreased budget allocations due to COVID-19 financial restrictions.

Greens councillors Mithra Cox said she was "bitterly disappointed" by the lack of cycling investment in the 2021 budget, as she had hoped there would be a commitment to building some of the major links which have been in the pipeline for years.

"We had been promised that this infrastructure would be built, because part of the commitment to hosting the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in 2022 is that we need to become a cycle friendly city," she said.

"You don't become a cycle friendly city by putting targets in a report, you have to provide the infrastructure."

Read the article ny Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 29 May 2020

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Live music to be included as part of the post-COVID-19 economic stimulus for Wollongong

Read the article by Brendan Crabb, Illawarra Mercury 13 May 2020

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Greens call for 10 weeks of free live music to help Wollongong's post-COVID recovery

Read the article by Brendan Crabb in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 May 2020

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Green light given to Austinmer Bathers Pavilion's accessible upgrade

 

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 27 April 2020.

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'We welcome the Ruby Princess to Wollongong': councillors support docking at Port Kembla

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 April 2020

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'We're not accepting visitors': Sydneysiders warned to stay off Illawarra beaches

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 April 2020

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Illawarra performers losing gigs, income due to the coronavirus pandemic

Like many others in the performing arts, Veteran comedic performer Dave Evans and country musician Benn Gunn are facing a loss of income as events are cancelled because of COVID-19.

The Greens are backing calls by the arts and creative industry for an urgent $500 million rescue package to prevent collapse of the sector in the face of COVID-19.

Wollongong Greens councillor Mithra Cox, also a musician herself, said a lot of artists and performers had used up their savings to get through the summer after the bushfires led to many event cancellations.

This was compounded by upcoming events not going ahead, and less typically taking place in winter, meaning it was a "scary time" for those within the gig economy.

"One of the things the Greens have been calling for is a rent amnesty and no evictions during the crisis, because there will be people who just simply can't pay their rent," Cr Cox said.

"People should also buy music from independent artists... Because that's a way of ensuring that people like musicians are still having some income coming in."

Read the article by Brendan Crabb in The Illawarra Mercury, 17 March 2020.

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Calls for Housing Fix

Greens MP Jenny Leong called for a "radical overhaul" to fix NSW's housing crisis.

"Family and Community Services Minister Gareth Ward, and the NSW Liberal Government have failed to grasp the basics - to stop someone being homeless you don't need to count them, you need to provide them with a home and wrap around services and support," Ms Leong said. "We need to make renting more secure by improving renters' rights, we need to build more public housing, and we need to take the profit motive out of housing."

Wollongong Greens councillor Mithra Cox said the Greens are committed to mandating that 30 per cent of all new apartments built should be for social and affordable housing.

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Read the article by Brendan Crabb in Illawarra Mercury, 28 February 2020

 

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