Protect Our Water Alliance shed light on the "escalating damage" to Sydney's water catchment from coal mining at a water forum on Wednesday. More than 150 people heard from guest speakers who explained how coal mining can contaminate catchment rivers and creeks, even years after mining activity is stopped.
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 2019Read more
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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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.
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 2019Read more
Wollongong football fanatics could be cheering on female soccer players from around the world at WIN Stadium if the Illawarra Greens get their way.
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 2019Read more
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.
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
The Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council and other community groups have ramped up their opposition to a plan which would see mountain bike riding legalised on Mount Keira. A plan to create an 82km network of mountain bike trails on Mount Keira, Mount Kembla and Balgownie aims to formalise a range of existing trails. Land council executive officer Paul Knight said the Aboriginal voice and others groups had been silenced in the planning of the strategy.
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 2018Read more
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.
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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.
After a recent stay at Wollongong Hospital’s maternity unit, Greens Councillor Cath Blakey knows all too well the pressures placed on staff. That’s why she’s added her support to a NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNMA) campaign to highlight “dangerous” staff shortages within the state’s maternity wards.
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)Read more