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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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Greens ‘night mayor’ plan to make Wollongong’s after-dark dreams come true

 

As polling day gets closer, most political candidates would be keen to avoid suggesting that their election could saddle the city with something that sounds like a bad dream.

But the Greens mayoral contender Mithra Cox says she, if elected to lead the city, would seek to put a “Night Mayor” in charge of firing up Wollongong after dark.

Based on a concept started in Amsterdam – and used in London, Paris and Zurich – the Night Mayor would be a part time role to help speed up approvals for bars, galleries and restaurants.

 Read the article, by Kate McIlwain,  6 September 2017 (front page on print edition)

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Let's walk to school

Ben Langford, of the Illawarra Mercury, says that "the call from the Greens to ramp up the money Wollongong City Council spends on footpaths, making it safer for kids to walk to school, is spot on."

Read the article in The Illawarra Mercury, August 31 2017

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Supporters of marriage equality speak up at University of Wollongong rally

His partner and long-time love Peter Bonsall-Boone died as a ‘’second-class citizen’’.Now legendary gay rights activist Peter De Waal is on a mission to ensure no-one else misses the boat on marriage. On Wednesday he showed up at the University of Wollongong with his grandson Jamil Badi by his side, to speak at the Yes to Marriage Equality! rally.

 Read the report by Agron Latifi in the Illawarra Mercury

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