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Protect Our Water Alliance's water forum discuss mining and environment

Kaye Osborn, Keira candidate for the Greens was one of the speakers at the forum

Read the report by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 15 February 2019

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The Greens have ideas for how to improve transport in Wollongong

Greens NSW MLP Cate Faehrman joined Greens candidates for the coming elections to put forward ideas for how there could be a modern transport system for Wollongong. The ALP and the LNP are a bit more vague.

Imagine, a train stopping at Wollongong station every ten minutes - or even a light rail running through Dapto...That's the plan being investigated by the Greens party, as part of an ambitious feasibility study, of public transport in the Illawarra.

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Keira candidates address Illawarra Cancer Council forum

Kaye Osborn, the Greens candidate for the seat of Keira, said her party supported all four election priorities the Cancer Council has identified in its Saving Life 2019 campaign.

These included:
Strengthening the Smoke-free Environment Act to ensure that people working or socialising in bars and clubs in NSW are protected from second-hand smoke.
Amending the Public Health (Tobacco) Act to ban tobacco vending machines and introduce an annual licence fee to encourage retailers to stop selling.
Reducing junk food advertising.
Funding for public lymphoedema services across NSW.


Read the report by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 12 Feb 2019

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Push to make Wollongong a host city if Australia wins 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup bid

Greens councillor Mithra Cox will ask Wollongong City Council to lobby to become a host city for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The Football Federation Australia with the federal government announced a bid last year for Australia to host the international tournament. Cr Cox along with the Greens candidate for Keira Kaye Osborn and candidate for Heathcote Mitchell Shakespeare launched their campaign for Wollongong council to lobby the state and federal governments and FFA to become a host city if Australia wins the bid.

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in the Illawarra Mercury, 11 February 2019

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Newborn Breastfed in Council Chamber

Greens Councillor Cath Blakey made history in Wollongong Council chamber when she breastfed her baby in a council meeting.



Read the report in the Illawarra Mercury for 31 January 2018, p10.

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Breastfeeding in Council Meeting

Greens Councillor Cath Blakey made history by breastfeeding her two month old baby in a Wollongong Council Meeting. She spoke while doing this, and Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery gave her permission to remain seated while speaking. Let's hope that there are more occasions when women can be politicians and mothers without unnecessary obstacles.

View the 9 News Illawarra report, 31 January 2019

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Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council ramps up opposition to mountain bike trail plan

Members of the land council, National Parks Association, Illawarra Birders, Keiraville Community Preschool, Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Illawarra Greens, Native Plants Association, the Wilderness Society and others do not want the trails to be formalised.

Greens candidate for Keira Kaye Osborn said the Illawarra Greens supported mountain biking as a sport but did not believe Mount Keira was the right location for trails: “Mount Keira is an area of great cultural and spiritual significance for Aboriginal people and there are a number of unique ecosystems, and animals and plants that depend on those ecosystems. Mountain biking has the potential to damage those. There are a lot of groups that use this mountain. The proposal is incompatible with the groups that appreciate and enjoy the mountain. Mount Keira deserves our protection, preservation and our respect.”

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 18 December 2018

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No mountain biking on Mount Keira

Indigenous leaders and community groups have joined forces to voice their concerns about a proposed network of mountain bike trails across the Illawarra escarpment.

The alliance comes days out from the close of submissions on 2 draft plans, on the management of Mt Keira at both State and Local Government level.

Kaye Osborn, Greens State Candidate for Keira, was there. The Greens support the decision of Aboriginal Land Council.

Watch the report from Win News


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Better staffing for hospitals

On 12 December Greens candidate for the state seat of Wollongong, Ben Arcioni, joined Greens Councillor Cath Blakey, and the Illawarra Shoalhaven NSWNMA in calling for increased staffing in our hospitals and maternity wards.

Watch the report on 9 News Illawarra

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Wollongong Hospital staff rally for ratios in maternity ward

Staff from 10 NSW public hospitals – including Wollongong – have backed an open letter to Health Minister Brad Hazzard, urging the NSW Government to implement mandated staff-to-patient ratios in maternity services in all hospitals. They claim that the current staffing system allows ongoing unfilled vacancies, which places mothers and their babies at risk and puts additional strain on staff and hospital resources. 

Read the article by Linda Wachsmuth (was in the print edition 13 Dec 2018)

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