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Big surf, coastal erosion and vegetation

Big surf is battering the shoreline. The ocean is immensely powerful, but well-planned coastal vegetation can help prevent some of the damage. Among the speakers are Wollongong Greens Councillor, Cath Blakey, and energetic Jess Whittaker from Port Kembla.

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Food recycling set to shake up Wollongong households' bin system

From this November, if councillors support the move next Monday, all residents except those living in multi-unit dwellings will have their green bin picked up weekly under the new Food Organics Garden Organics system. Food scraps will go in with garden waste, helping households to dramatically cut their landfill contributions.

Greens councillor Cath Blakey has been a driving force behind this initiative. She  said the program would help create A-grade commercial compost, green jobs in the processing plants and reduce leachate, odour and methane emissions in the Lake Illawarra catchment.

Read the article by Kate McIlwain in The Illawarra Mercury, 14 July 2020

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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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