Illawarra Greens member, Jeremy Park, from Thirroul, was more than happy to defy the prime minister and let his son Leo “walk out” of primary school as an act towards saving the planet. The eight-year-old – accompanied by his dad and a giant placard –was one of 5000 people protesting in Sydney’s Martin Place on Friday against the federal government's climate change policies, in the schoolchildren's Strike 4 Climate Action.
Read the article by Desiree Savage in The Illawarra Mercury. 1 Dec 2018 (print edition 3 Dec)Read more
Wollongong City Council needs to improve bus shelters in the southern suburbs, according to the Greens candidate in this Saturday’s Ward 3 byelection. Greens candidate Jamie Dixon said improved bus shelters in the southern suburbs would encourage people to use public transport.
Read the article by Glenn Humphries In The Illawarra Mercury, 22 November 2018Read more
You may or may not have noticed there are a lot of street names in Wollongong that recognise dead white men. And there are very few that are named after women or Indigenous people. Greens Councillor Mithra Cox noticed, and now Wollongong City Council has realised and is going to change it.
Councillors voted, at Monday’s council meeting, to amend the Road Naming Policy to use relevant local, cultural, historic or natural themes when naming road to ensure there is gender equality.
Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 22 Nov 2018Read more
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.
The Greens candidate in the Wollongong by-election is 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.
WHY ARE YOU STANDING FOR ELECTION?
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.
PITCH TO VOTERS
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.Read more
Wollongong’s restrictive rules on food trucks could be eased under a new proposal from Greens councillor, Mithra Cox. The tucker trucks have been a global phenomenon in recent years, riding the wave of popularity for casual eats and small, pop-up venues.
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 2018Read more
Mining under Illawarra’s water catchments will be phased out in 10 years if the Greens get their way. That is one of the policies Illawarra Greens candidates will be campaigning for in the lead up to the next state and federal elections.
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 2018Read more
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 2018Read more
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.
Read and hear the report form 97.3 ABC Illawarra
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.