Greens announce Ward 3 by-election candidate

MEDIA RELEASE: Greens announce Ward 3 By-election Candidate
Monday 3rd September 2018
Jamie Dixon, candidate for Wollongong Ward 3, flanked by Greens Councillors Mithra Cox (Ward 1) and Cath Blakey (Ward 2).

The Greens have preselected local shearer, Jamie Dixon, as their candidate to contest the Wollongong Council Ward 3 Council by-election.
Mr Dixon was recently the Greens candidate for Ward 3 in the general Council election last year, and earned a record Green vote for the area.
Jamie shears alpacas for a living and lives in Koonawarra.
“I am throwing my hat in the ring because I want to do everything I can to fix the growing social inequities in our society.
“Council could be doing much more to address housing affordability, to reduce the harm caused by pokies, to protect our environment and to prepare for climate change.
“Labor has taken our area for granted for far too long, and the Liberals aren’t even bothering to field a candidate. We are having this byelection because one of the Labor councillors moved to Tamworth just a few months after being elected.
“The Greens are a real alternative for anyone fed up with being ignored and forgotten. We work hard and make a genuine difference.”
The achievements of Greens Councillors over the past 12 months include:
•       Double the spend on footpaths this financial year;
•       Funding for a new Urban Greening Strategy, to get more shade trees in our hottest suburbs;
•       Unanimous support for our motion to support a Community Sponsorship Program for refugees;
•       Overturning of a ban on novelty races and fun events at school swimming carnivals;
•       Flying the rainbow flag over the Council chambers during the marriage equality debate. 
More information:
Mithra Cox 0425351844
Jamie Dixon 0403 402 114

Wollongong Council to vote on support for Five Islands marine protection

Wollongong Greens councillor Cath Blakey has welcomed the NSW Government proposal for improved marine protection around the Five Islands and will seek formal endorsement of the plan by council on Monday, 3 September. 

The ocean surrounding Five Islands is a popular diving spot attracting local and international visitors and a group of bachelor fur seals now calls Martin Islet home. The islands are also important seabird nesting areas.

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Breaking the Cycle on new prison building

Media Release: 13 July 2018
On Monday 16 July 2018 the Greens will host a film screening in Dapto that follows prison wardens and inmates behind the scenes in one of America's most notorious jails, Attica, and one of Norway's jails, Halden prison. The screening is particularly topical in the region given current NSW Government proposals for a new prison in Dapto.
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Rally to protect student democracy at Wollongong University

Media Release: 11 December 2017

Students and the local community, with the support of the Greens NSW, will rally at the University of Wollongong to demand Chloe Rafferty be declared the democratically elected president of Wollongong University's Student Association. To date the University administration has blocked Ms Rafferty from taking up her rightful position.

Greens NSW MP David Shoebridge, Student leaders from other campuses and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon will be attending the rally with Chloe Rafferty and supporters at 1pm on the 18th of December to call for the University to accept the results of the student union elections.

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A cycleway on every street: The Greens' ambitious plan for Wollongong

MEDIA RELEASE: Monday 4th Dec 2017

The Greens have proposed an ambitious plan for Wollongong Council that  over the next 30 years would transform our city into a bike friendly city to rival Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Wollongong Greens Councillor Mithra Cox has put a notice of motion for consideration at the next Council meeting on December 11.  Under this plan, Council would develop a 30-year plan that would include every road having a dedicated cycleway that is physically separated from traffic by 2050.

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More roads in northern suburbs will increase traffic

MEDIA RELEASE 22 November 2017

Labor and Liberal plan for more roads in northern suburbs will increase traffic

The Greens Councillors on Wollongong Council have criticised plans by Labor and Liberal Councillors to build more roads in Wollongong's northern suburbs, saying congestion will increase with more roads.

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Cuts to National Parks are impacting on Wollongong locals

Funding cuts to National Parks have become so extreme that they are starting to have an impact on Wollongong residents, Wollongong's  Greens Councillors  have said on the eve of a rally in Wollongong to increase National Parks funding.

"Residents in Austinmer are being parked out because of the huge volume of walkers using the Sublime Point track," said Mithra Cox, Greens Ward 1 councillor. "There are dozens of other amazing bushwalks in the Illawarra escarpment, but there are no maps, no signposts and the tracks are not properly maintained."

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Greens propose solar farm and affordable housing for Tallawarra Lands

Thursday 7 September, 2017

Following renewed interest in the status, and stagnation, of the Tallawarra Lands housing development, the Illawarra Greens are keen to take the initiative, and want to see Wollongong Council advocate for an affordable housing solution, incorporating a 20 megawatt rooftop solar farm.

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Westconnex to spoil Wollongong roads

The Westconnex tunnel project plans to bring all its excavated material to Port Kembla. The spoil from this controversial tunnel is expected to be produced at up to 9,000 tonnes of rock per day.

Shifting this rock could cause a lot of damage to our area. Do we want this to happen? Greens NSW Environment, Roads and Freight Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, says, “The Illawarra shouldn’t be the dumping ground, whether by train or by truck, for the problems being created by the WestConnex."

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Kids risking their lives walking to school in Wollongong

Mithra Cox, The Greens Mayoral candidate has released a photo essay of children walking in dangerous situations because the council has not invested in the pedestrian infrastructure to keep them safe.  Most of these kids are just walking to their local school.

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