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.
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Ward 1 Greens councillor, Mithra Cox has welcomed a move by fellow Labpr Councillor Ann Martin for Wollongong Council to declare a climate emergency. Cr Cox said that Cr Martin's motion, set to be debated at next Monday night's council meeting, acknowledges the seriousness of the problem and encouraged other local councils to follow suit.
Cr Cox said while climate change has been "politically polarised for decades", now was the time for all to work together on solutions.
"This is an important motion that acknowledges the seriousness of the problem, and the short time we have left to take serious action," she said. "We don't have decades left to turn this ship around and gradually reduce emissions. We need to act now. This year, this month, today.
Read the article by Agron Latifi in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 August 2019
Wollongong City Council will shake up how residents throw away their household waste. The council will hold a food organics and garden organics trial later this year. FOGO aims to divert food and organic waste from landfill, via the red-lidded bins, and into compost, via the green-lidded bin.
last year the then Greens Ward 3 council candidate, Jamie Dixon, started a petition for a trial of FOGO, and now it is supported by Greens councillors Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey.
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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After claiming to have been overlooked during plans for mountain biking on Mt Keira, more than 15 environmental groups have joined forces to ensure the protection of the Illawarra escarpment. The Illawarra Escarpment Alliance includes representatives from the Illawarra Greens, Native Plants Association, National Parks Association of NSW, Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and Illawarra Bird Observers Group.
The groups decided to band together to ensure councils, governments and bodies know who to come to in the early stages of consultation.
Greens Councillor, Cath Blakey was one of the speakers.
Read the article by Glen Humphries in The Illawarra Mercury, 18 June 2019
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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.
Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 7 June 2019.
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.
Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 27 May 2019
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The Greens brought an all-electric campaign vehicle to Wollongong on Thursday to show a renewable-powered future can be closer than sceptics think. While Scott Morrison and Bill Shorten are getting around the country in big buses, the Illawarra Greens' campaign chariot is a more modest retro bubble caravan - towed by an electric car.
The party's policy is to end the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, while subsidising electric cars and spending $150 million on fast charging infrastructure.
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It's a project tipped to create jobs, while also dealing with the country's growing recyclable waste.
Watch the news report from WIN News, 12 May 2019
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