Our successes - Illawarra Greens

Our successes on Wollongong Council

One of the jobs of your Greens councillors is to make proposals to council. These are some of the proposals from one of your Greens councillors, Mithra Cox and Cath Blakey, that have been agreed to by council.


Improve the managament of styrofoam waffle pods on building sites 2 September 2019.
Councillor Cath Blakey proposed that council inform the NSW Minister for Better Regulation and the Environment Minister of serious pollution problems caused by inadeqiate management of styrofoam waffle pads especially in high winds. Council agreed unanimously.


Investigating making new buildings energy positive. 2 September 2019
Councillor Mithra Cox moved that council staff provide a report or briefing to councillors, outlining ways to ensure that all new buildings in the city are energy positive. And council agreed unanimously.


Declaring a Climate Emergency 12 August 2019
Greens councillors, Cath Blakey and Mithra Cox, worked with other councillors to cause Wollongong Council to declare a Climate Emergency. Mithra Cox seconded Labor Councillor Ann Martin's motion.


Policy to allow verge gardens 27 May 2019
Greens Councillor Cath Blakey proposed a motion that council recognise that verge gardens can help to beautify streets and develop Verge Garden Guidelines. Passed  unanimously.


Supporting the bid for Wollongong to be a venue for 2023 Women's World Cup football games 18 February 2019
Councillor Mithra Cox brought a motion to support Destination Wollongong in their bid. Council agreed unanimously.


Councillor Mithra Cox submitted a motion that Council develop a strategy to encourage food truck to contribute to a vibrant night life in Wollongong.

Councillor Mithra Cox succeeded in an updating of our street names policy to ensure cultural and gender diversity in new street names.

Investigate allowing people to put food waste into the green bin: 29 October 2018
Councillor Cath Blakey proposed a motion that the Council investigate developing a FOGO (Food Organics Garden Organics) service. This was resolved unanimously. And a trial started in three areas in August 2019!

The Greens councillors have been instrumental in establishing a tree register, where  all trees removed by council are publicly listed, and a reason is given.

Give a great welcome to refugees: 13 August 2018
Councillor Mithra Cox tabled a motion that the Council affirm that Wollongong is a community that welcomes refugees, that the council should support an expanded and improved Community Sponsorship Program (CSP). All councillors supported this


Extra train carriages for South Coast Line - 23 July 2018
Councillor Cath Blakey presented a motion calling on the state government to upgrade the South Coast rail service, instead of spending extending the F6 motorway. The motion was amended (see minutes, page 6)  by the Labor Councillors to match motorway funding. Extra train carriages for the over-crowded 4 carriage afternoon services were announced on 27th September 2018.


Not supporting a jail at West Dapto 23 July 2018
Councillor Cath Blakey was one of 6 councillors to table a motion that the council should oppose the State Parliament's suggestion that a jail be built at West Dapto. It was passed unanimously.


Getting novelty races back in School Carnivals 25 June 2018
Councillor Mithra Cox's suggestion that novelty races should once again be allowed in school carnivals was unanimously supported by council


Delivering more money for the Green Strategy
We made sure that the amount of money to be spent on the Urban Greening Strategy from $45,000 to $500,000. This budget was ratified on 25 June 2018.


Strengthening compliance for runoff in Lake Illawarra catchment: 3 April 2018
The risk of excessive sediment being released from construction sites was raised from medium to high, which means there will be more inspection.


Find out what can be done to address the housing affordability crisis in Wollongong 3 April 2018
It's urgent to find out what council to do to enable people to afford homes. Councillor Mithra Cox proposed that we look into it. Every member of council agreed that we should.


Find out what Wollongong Coal are doing on council land at Russell Vale 11 December 2017
Council should be briefed on the land use agreement between Wollongong Coal and Wollongong Council at Russell Vale. Are environmental controls in place? Could the Council have liabilities for site remediation if Wollongong Coal went bankrupt? Council agreed that we need to know.


Fly the Rainbow Flag 30 October 2017
The postal survey votes were in, but had not been counted. Councillor Mithra Cox proposed  that the Council should fly the rainbow flag until the results were out. Council agreed (8 to 4), and the flag flew.