Greens support the steel industry

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The New South Wales Greens have reaffirmed their support for the region's steel industry, despite promising to phase out coal mining within the next 10 years.

The policy has drawn criticism with concerns it would lead to job losses in the region if implemented.

The party's candidate for Keira, Kaye Osborn said the policy does not apply to metallurgical coal used to make steel.

But she said the mining of coal from beneath water catchments should also be phased out.

 

Listen to the report from 97.3 ABC Illawarra, 20 March 2019.

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Illawarra Greens Royal Commission into Planning, including Calderwood, Tullimbar, Tallawarra, and West Dapto

Read the article by Brendan Crabb, in The Illawarra Mercury, 18 March 2019

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Greens call for Royal Commission into planning

CALDERWOODThe Greens are calling for a Royal Commission into Planning to alleviate ongoing headaches for homebuyers at Calderwood.

The conditions would allow greater community consultation, and give planning powers back to local councils.

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Greens come up trumps in rail survey ahead of this weekend’s state election

COMMUNITY action group, Illawarra Rail Fail (IRF) say it would give the transport portfolio to the Greens or Sustainable Australia parties after conducting a survey ranking candidates for next weekend’s NSW election. The Greens supported all the pledges from IRF. But the ALP and Liberal candidates failed to specifically address IRF’s pledges and merely gave an outline of their election policy.

Read the article by Mick Roberts in The Bulli and Clifton Times, 18 March 2019

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Ballot paper positions for Illawarra state election seats revealed

Draw: Greens candidate Benjamin Arcioni shook the box in front of Electoral Commission staff Conrad Denyer and Sharon Marsh. Picture: Robert Peet

Draw: Greens candidate Benjamin Arcioni shook the box in front of Electoral Commission staff Conrad Denyer and Sharon Marsh. Picture: Robert Peet

 

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

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Illawarra Greens proposing 'Empty Homes Levy' on unused homes

There are thousands of unoccupied private dwellings in the Wollongong local government area. Therefore, the Greens are proposing action to unlock unused houses and tackle issues such as affordability, supply and homelessness. At next Monday's meeting, Wollongong Greens councillor, Cath Blakey will table a motion on an Empty Homes Levy. 

The levy creates an incentive for investors to rent out properties, while also producing a recurrent income stream to fund local community housing. Under such schemes, councils partner with state governments to ensure that the additional levy is applied to residential properties that have been vacant for a considerable period of time. 

"Let's turn these empty houses into homes", says Cr Blakey.

Read the article by Brendan Crabb, The Illawarra Mercury, 4 March 2019

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Illawarra Greens call on all parties to help phase out single-use plastics

Illawarra Greens candidates are calling on major political parties to match their party's election commitment to phase out single-use plastics in the state by 2023.  On Tuesday, candidates announced the Greens' Plan for a Plastic Free Sea which would also see the immediate ban of plastic bags, straws, polystyrene containers and microbeads if the party is elected to government on March 23.

Read the article by Ashleigh Tullis in The Illawarra Mercury, 6 March 2019 
  

 

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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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