The Illawarra Greens have urged planning authorities to enforce the conditions under which a development is approved, and called for a Royal Commission into planning in NSW. Greens MPC David Shoebridge joined Greens Wollongong candidate, Jamie Dixon at Calderwood.
🌳🌳 GREENS REITERATE SUPPORT FOR STEEL INDUSTRY, BUT NOT COAL 🌚⚙️
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.
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 2019Read more
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.
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 2019Read more
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 2019Read more
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
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