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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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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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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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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Wollongong councillors share stories of harassment in wake of March 4 Justice rallies

The catalyst was the call from Labor Councillor, Tania Brown, in the wake of Monday's March 4 Justice rallies, to write to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to express the council's support for the principles behind the movement.

Greens councillors  Mithra Cox was among councillors who shared experiences of harrassment. The motion was passed unanimously.

Read the report by Glen Humphries in The Illawarra Mercury, 15 March 2021

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Wollongong verge gardens receive council funding

Each project will receive a $250 voucher for Wollongong Botanic Garden's Greenplan Nursery under a Wollongong City Council pilot to build gardens on verges and improve neighbourhood connections.

Wollongong councillors unanimously endorsed the grants at this week's ordinary council meeting.

Greens Councillor Cath Blakey said that while it was a small amount of funding, the program got "great bang for its buck".

She said the project was a good way to activate the city's suburbs.

Read the article by Natalie Croxon in The Illawarra Mercury, 24 February 2021

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Wollongong council to investigate safety at Port Kembla's Hill 60 in wake of deaths

A motion brought by Deputy Lord Mayor Tania Brown in response to the recent deaths of five people at the site was carried unanimously at the council's ordinary meeting this week.

Council staff will engage with the state government and relevant agencies about ways to improve safety, and a council delegation plans to meet with the relevant state ministers to discuss the issue

Councillors discussed the difficulty of promoting safety while allowing access and fishing. While locking people out of places could force them to more dangerous spots, Greens Councillor Cath Blakey said lock-outs needed to be explored as a possible option, with people rock fishing at night when they could not see.

 

Read the article by Natalie Croxon in The Illawarra Mercury, 23 February 2021

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Wollongong councillors blast draft Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan

Transport for NSW has released its draft Illawarra-Shoalhaven Regional Transport Plan, which sets out its strategy for the next 20 years.

At this week's Wollongong City Council meeting some councillors expressed disappointment with the contents of the plan.

Greens Councillor Mithra Cox was pleased to see the inclusion of the South West Illawarra Rail Link in the council's submission, but  said Wollongong needed a transport system that reflected it was a city with a metro core, peak-hour public transport services, and late night options to support the late night economy and travel within Wollongong.

Greens Councillor Cath Blakey, who described the draft plan as "totally undercooked", also spoke of West Dapto and how the absence of public transport corridors would force the eventual 50,000 to 70,000 residents of the area onto the roads.

Read the article by Natalie Croxon in The Illawarra Mercury, 24 February 2021

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Wollongong councillors voice support for Port Kembla hydrogen industry

Councillors were united in their support for a hydrogen industry in the area at Monday's ordinary meeting, where they unanimously endorsed a submission to a NSW parliamentary inquiry into the development of such an industry in the state.

Greens Councillor Mithra Cox said the steelworks meant Wollongong had a strong argument to make for trialling hydrogen steel production.

"If we go out and make declarations, people come to us," she said.

Read the article by Natalie Croxon in The Illawarra Mercury, 23 February 2021

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