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Council Supports Crossing Plan

Wollongong Council has last night (October 30) unanimously agreed to make representations to the RMS for the installation of a pedestrian crossing across Lawrence Hargrave Drive near Henley Rd in Thirroul. The motion was proposed by Councillor Leigh Colacino and accepted by all councillors.

Ward One Councillor Mithra Cox is delighted with the outcome. “I think there is a strong appetite amongst all of us to work together to get a good outcome on this,” she says.  “We will now wait for to staff to draft that letter and hopefully organise a date.”

Read the article from Norther Illawarra, 30 October 2017

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Push To Raise The Rainbow Flag Over Wollongong

A push will be made in next week's meeting of Wollongong City Council to fly the symbol of the YES vote on Same Sex Marriage outside the council's admin building.  Green's councillor MITHRA COX will make the issue of ' raising the rainbow flag ' a Notice Of Motion - stating that Wollongong is lagging behind other councils, who are doing it as a show of support for the L-G-B-T-I community.
 
Read  the report from 96.5 WaveFM (we will add sound segment if we get one later)
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Renewed call for Wollongong council to raise rainbow flag

Greens Ward 1 Councillor Mithra Cox will call on Wollongong City Council to raise the rainbow flag above its headquarters as the marriage equality postal survey enters its final days. In her first notice of motion, Mithra has asked her colleagues to support her push to fly the LGBTQI symbol as a show of support for diversity across the city.

While motivated by the same-sex marriage postal survey, Ms Cox said her motion was “not advocating a Yes vote” –but was a show of support in a “difficult time”.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 25 October 2017.

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Hundreds have rallied across New South Wales against the State Government's cuts to the National Parks and Wildlife service.

Hundreds have rallied against the cut of the budgets of National Parks and Wildlife. About $120m has been cut off the budget. Graham Burgess, National Parks Association Illawarra, says it will increase illegal activity. National Parks and Wildlife has stated that it will employ an additional 119 frontline employees, and is committed to maintaining and upgrading local walking tracks.

Watch report on 9 News Illawarra, 19 October, 2014

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Senate calls on government to abandon cuts to higher education enabling programs at UOW

University of Wollongong student Josh Bell is ‘’ecstatic’’ the Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling on the government to abandon plans to cut public subsidies to university enabling programs and introduce fees for students for the first time.

Bell, the UOW Greens on Campus convenor said Wollongong and the Illawarra did not need the government making it harder for people to get an education.

Read the report by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 19 October 2017

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Wollongong protesters rally to save National Parks and Wildlife Service jobs

The Public Service Association (PSA) fears the NSW Government’s restructuring of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will cut jobs and jeopardise public safety.‘’The government is this year alone cutting another $121 million from the budget of NPWS,’’ PSA Illawarra regional co-ordinator Tony Heathwood said. Greens Ward 1 Councillor Mithra Cox was among those at a rally to support them.

Read the report by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 20 October 2017.

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Parking Issues not Sublime

 

Funding cuts to the National Parks is causing traffic problems in Austinmer, as Sublime Point becomes increasingly popular with sightseers and local exercisers.

That’s according to Greens Councillor Mithra Cox who says the cost-cutting is affecting local residents, our bushland is suffering and deer and weeds are spreading through our fragile ecosystem.

Read the Northern Illawarra report, 18 October 2017.

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Two Greens elected to Wollongong council amid "huge swing"

Two young women, Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey, are set to become Wollongong’s two new Greens councillors.

Ms Cox, from Corrimal, gained 22.5 per cent of the formal vote on Sunday afternoon, which will see her easily elected in the northern suburbs.In central Wollongong, Ms Blakey had just under the required 20 per cent of the vote, which will get her across the line. These results are well up on the 2011 election, when the party got about 13 per cent of the primary vote in wards 1 and 2.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury, September 10 2017

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Nightlife and creative economy

 Watch Mithra Cox on Win News, 6 September 2017, talking about how to encourage a lively, creative and safe nightlife economy.

 WIN News Illawarra

With just days to go to the local Government elections, lord mayoral candidates in Wollongong have stepped up their campaigns to woo voters.

Labor says it will ...attract jobs and business by cutting red tape, while the Greens say jobs and a better lifestyle can be created by encouraging a vibrant night life.

 

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How Illawarra council candidates plan to attract tourists to Wollongong and Shellharbour

 The revitalisation of Mount Keira Summit, cruise ships, a state-funded upgrade of the WIN Entertainment Centre and a boost to Wollongong’s bushwalks and cycling facilities have emerged as top tourism priorities for those running in Saturday’s election.

 Read the article, by Kate McIlwain, in the Illawarra Mercury, 7 September 2017

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