Latest News and Media Releases - Illawarra Greens

Wollongong council stalls on setting emissions target despite global push for action

Wollongong will now miss the deadline for setting an emissions target under its 2017 agreement with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy; it was required to set a "science-derived" target by August/September.

Greens Councillor Mithra Cox voted against the deferral and said she was saddened and disappointed, especially after thousands of residents took to Wollongong's streets last week to demand action over climate change.

She noted emissions targets had been in development for several years, and that the council had signaled its intention to act on greenhouse emissions by declaring a climate emergency last month.

She said it was "absolutely imperative" the council consult with residents and businesses on developing an action plan for how it would achieve the targets, but that "consulting on these targets undermines the whole thing".

Read the report by Kate McIlwain, The Illawarra Mercury, 24 September 2019

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Problems of dredging Lake Illawarra

A very thorough report on the management of Lake Illawarra is on public display. Dredging is not a part. But there has been a community push for dredging some parts of Lake Illawarra. This has been met with concern from wetlands scientists.The lake stores carbon in wetland soils helping mitigate climate change, and the scientists fear dredging could disrupt the ecosystem. Greens Councillor Cath Blakey is interviewed.

Watch the report by WIN News, 30 August 2019.

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Greens councillor Mithra Cox urges council to look at ways to ensure that all new buildings are energy positive

Wollongong council will investigate potential changes that can be made to ensure new and renovated buildings will be more energy efficient and produce energy. At Monday night's meeting, Greens councillor Mithra Cox successfully moved that council staff provide a report or briefing to councillors, outlining ways to ensure that all new buildings in the city are energy positive. Energy positive buildings produce more energy than they use.

Read the article by Brendan Crabb, Illawarra Mecury, 3 September 2019.

 

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West Dapto Styrofoam pollution

Australia's love for cheap and quick to build homes is wreaking havoc on the environment in West Dapto. Tonnes of toxic waste is being blown from construction sites - Wollongong City Council today putting building companies on notice. Greens Wollongong Councillor Cath Blakey wants it stopped.

See the report from 9 News Illawarra,

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No 'stunt', Wollongong councillor backs climate emergency motion

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Wollongong council to trial Food Organics Waste Organics service

A council spokesman said the initiativwould increase the life of the Whytes Gully landfill facility and reduce the amount of greenhouse gases.

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Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 1 July 2019

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More than 15 environment groups join together to protect escarpment

Read the article by Glen Humphries in The Illawarra Mercury, 18 June 2019

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Watch the report on 9News (Greens Councillor Cath Blakey is interviewed)

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Call to halt dune reshaping at Port Kembla after wind redeposits sand

Greens Wollongong councillor Cath Blakey is calling for a halt to sand dune reshaping work at Port Kembla until the council's strategy can be evaluated.  Council spent over $100,000 to clear sand which has now come back.

 

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Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 June 2019.

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Climate change protest causes major traffic disruptions in Wollongong CBD

Climate change activists from the Youth Environment Alliance blocked a crown street junction on Saturday 25 May, asking for action on climate change. Several high school students, Greens councillor Cath Blakey and Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery spoke at the rally.

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Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 27 May 2019

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Plan to stop neighbourly disputes about nature strip gardens in Wollongong

The nature strip in front of your home is often seen as an annoyance that has to be regularly mowed. But one Wollongong councillor wants to see those patches of lawn transformed into beautiful gardens across the city.

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 23 May 2019

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