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Cutting vegetation vandalism

On Monday 19 March,  council resolved to install surveillance cameras at Woonona beach in an attempt to stop the ongoing vegetation vandalism. If that doesn’t work, large billboard signs will be erected in 12 months. Greens Councillor Mithra Cox is one of those trying to stop vandalism at the beach.

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Meet the candidates in the Wollongong by-election

The Greens candidate in the Wollongong by-election is Jamie Dixon.


Jamie Dixon

  • PARTY: Greens NSW
  • AGE: 46
  • LIVES: Koonawarra
  • OCCUPATION: Alpaca Shearer


For 15 years I have worked as an alpaca shearer, with contracts across 4 states of Australia, and in 8 other countries.

This has provided me with fantastic opportunities to experience both the diversity, and the commonalities, of many people and cultures, from all walks of life.

This kind of work requires extensive forethought and planning, as well as dedication, commitment, and adaptability - all qualities I plan to bring to my role as councillor.

I am now studying psychology online through Charles Sturt University in preparation for a career change, and am already experiencing the benefits that this brings in understanding my community, as well as communicating its needs publicly.


I joined the Greens especially because of the Greens guiding principle of equity and social justice.

These are the two greatest building blocks of any fair society, but they are sorely lacking in all levels of government today.

I feel incredibly lucky that the opportunities I have had in life are now giving me the chance to ensure that all the communities of southern Wollongong can find safety and security in their home and work.


The people of Southern Wollongong are bearing the brunt of Federal and State government's obsession with feeding the economy at any cost.

Overdevelopment, and privatisation of essential services, including power, transport, and health, leave us all feeling forgotten.

The focus has to be brought back to the needs of the community.

Local government is the primary provider of community infrastructure, and Wollongong City Council must acknowledge that other levels of government guide the economy, but only local government can nurture and support our neighbourhoods.


  • Get what’s best for Wollongong – Wollongong Council must convince the state government to act in our best interests. Our city council must advocate change at state level so that overdevelopment can be reined in, community housing needs met, andhousing made affordable for those who most need it.
  • Spend wisely – Some investments lead to long-term savings. We can spend wisely on the collection of food waste (FOGO) and on more efficient street lighting. After the initial outlay, the savings will enable other community services to be improved, so that,for example, we can have better bus shelters, and set up traps to prevent waste entering the ocean.
  • Care for our lake and our beaches – We need to make sure that we are doing the best for the health and beauty of Lake Illawarra and our beaches. They provide fun and well-being to residents, and have the potential for providing a powerful and sustainabletourist economy.


Read about all the candidates in The Illawarra Mercury, 19 November 2018.

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Tucker truckers: bid to ease way for food vehicles in Wollongong

Greens councillor Mithra Cox has a motion before next Monday’s meeting of Wollongong City Council to review the rules and process for gaining approval for a food truck.

Read the article by Ben Langford in The Illawarra Mercury, 15 November 2018

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Illawarra Greens announce state and federal candidates

Greens senator Mehreen Faruqi announced the “diverse team” of an industrial engineer, two university professionals, an economics student and a shearer, who hope to fly the flag for the Greens in Parliament.

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 9 November 2018

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Call for diversity to be reflected in street names

Ward One Greens Councillor Mithra Cox is calling for greater diversity when it comes to naming new streets in the Northern Illawarra and across Wollongong. Cr Cox says in her time in Council, they’ve only been given the option to name streets  after fourteen men, one woman and using just one Aboriginal word.

“In Wollongong there are six streets named after an Albert, eight after a James, four after a David, nine variations on Robert and a ridiculous fifteen variations on George (including George Fuller, George Hanley, George Cheadie, George Evans and George Tate)." said Councillor Cox. “If you judged us by our street names, you would assume that there were either hardly any women living in our city, or that they made no contribution to our public life."

Read the article in Northern Illawarra, 1 November 2018

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Introduce FOGO!

Residents rallied outside Wollongong Council ahead of Monday's council meeting in a show of support for the council to introduce FOGO services.

Under the proposal put forward by Greens Councillor Cath Blakey, Wollongong Council would look to introduce a Food Organics, Garden Organics collection service similar to Shellharbour and Kiama Council.

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FOGO for Wollongong!

The Greens want a new bin collection system for Wollongong that will see food scraps and organic material be put in the green bin and collected weekly. The FOGO system has been implemented in councils across the country, and would create nutrient rich compost, which could be sold or used in the community.

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Call to allow food waste in Wollongong green bins

Residents will be allowed to put food waste in their green-lidded bin if the Greens councillors and candidate for Wollongong City Council get their way. Councillor Mithra Cox wants Wollongong Council to introduce a food organics service so food waste is composted not dumped in landfill.  Jamie Dixon, who is vying for a seat on the council in the upcoming ward three byelection, has launched a petition calling on Wollongong Council to adopt a Food Organics and Garden Organics service.

Sign the petition if you agree!

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 24 October 2018.

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Councillors vote yes on Wollongong’s peculiar alcohol-free zones

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The Greens' 'Sniff Off' campaign present at the Yours and Owls music festival this weekend

Outside the festival gates at Stuart Park on Sunday, ‘Sniff Off’ campaigners sought signatures on a petition opposing the use of sniffer dogs in drug searches. The Greens want  a "harm reduction" approach to drugs, rather than a criminalisation approach, and would also like to see pill-testing at festivals.

Read the article in The Illawarra Mercury, 27 September 2019, by Brendan Crabb

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