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Mayoral contenders reveal their grand plans for Wollongong

 

 Stamping out illegal dumping, capping rate rises and shutting down skydiving operations in Stuart Park are some of the proposals being put forward by those hoping to become Wollongong’s next Lord Mayor.

Greens Lord Mayoral candidate, Mithra Cox, wants to boost council staff union membership and ensure safe footpaths for children to get to school

Read the article by Kate McIlwain, and follow the links to see what they say about housing.

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Wollongong Greens candidate calls out "dangers" of walking to school

Many schoolchildren across Wollongong have no choice but to walk along the road due to a lack of footpaths, Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Mithra Cox says.

The Corrimal mother, who says footpaths and cycleways are a key policy of her party ahead of the September 9 election, says she was contacted by a number of parents about their children’s “dangerous” walk to school.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury. 28 August 2017

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Most Illawarra council candidates say they will vote yes in marriage survey

 

Seventy four per cent of Wollongong and Shellharbour council candidates who answered a Mercury survey say they plan to vote yes in the postal vote on same-sex marriage.

This included all Labor and Greens respondents, incumbent Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery, respondents from Shellharbour’s ALP-member independents and all of Vicki Curran’s Wollongong independent group.

Read Kate McIlwain's report in the Illawarra Mercury

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Push to highlight marriage equality by flying rainbow flag at Wollongong City Council chambers

 

Greens candidate Joshua Bell joined Labor council candidates and Lord Mayor David Bradbery at a rally to call on the council to hoist the rainbow flag on its Burelli street headquarters, to signal support for marriage equality. Joshua said that  the issue has broad support from across political parties.

 

 “It’s not just a Labor issue, we’re all here to stand together in solidarity,” he said.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury, 21 August 2017

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Illawarra Greens outline 'Empty Homes Levy' policy to raise funds for affordable housing

In the lead-up to the council elections, the Illawarra Greens have outlined a proposed ‘Empty Homes Levy’ to raise funds for affordable housing. 

Read Brendan Crabb's article in the Illawarra Mercury. in print edition 21 August 2017

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Why I'm running for council

Over the next 21 days, the residents of Wollongong and Shellharbour will be asked to consider the views and qualifications of 98 people who are seeking their votes at the September 9 council election.

The Mercury has asked each team the same questions. It's your choice -- see what they say.

Read Kate McIlwain's article in The Illawarra Mercury, 19 August 2017.

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Headlands Hotel -- monstrosity or icon?

 

 Greens MP David Shoebridge says the new Headlands Hotel is a 'monstrosity' and testament to a bad planning system.
The manager, Andrew Biggs, says the place is so popular, there are days when the hotel simply can't cope.
Monstrosity or icon? Which is it?

97.3 ABC Illawarra reported on it today.

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Nominations are in

 

Everyone who wants to be on Wollongong's new council has nominated, and the draw has taken place to decide the position on the ballot. Our candidates were there to see the result: we got the first position in Ward 1, second in Wards 2, second in Ward 3, and lucky last in the mayoral ballot. Mithra Cox (Greens Ward 1 Lead candidate and mayoral candidate) was interviewed by WIN.

WATCH WIN NEWS REPORT ON THE DRAW

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Wollongong coal miner's debt would fund solar panel plan

Low-income residents of Wollongong would be able to access interest-free loans to buy solar panels – funded by a coal miner’s debt – under a local council proposal from the Greens.

Coal money for solar power: it’s a policy even the most dedicated Greens member would only dream of. But that’s what the party’s Wollongong mayoral candidate Mithra Cox is calling for.

Article in Illawarra Mercury, August 2, 2017.

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