Press Releases - Illawarra Greens

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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Greens call for shuttle bus service expansion

NSW Greens MP, Dr Mehreen Faruqi visited Wollongong today to join Wollongong Greens Council candidates calling for the free 'gong shuttle' bus service to be expanded to have more frequent services, and to include Wollongong's disadvantaged southern suburbs.

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Marriage Equality

All Greens candidates in the Wollongong Council Election will be voting YES in the postal survey on marriage equality, if it goes ahead. The Greens consistently stand for equality. Any two adults who want to marry should be able to do so.

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Meet our candidates

Meet the Greens candidates for Wollongong in the Council Election, and hear our vision for Wollongong.

Council Campaign Video

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Illawarra Greens launch empty homes levy to build local community houseing

The Illawarra Greens today launched a new plan that will free up local rental accommodation and raise between $4.5 million and $15 million per year for Wollongong Council to spend on community housing. 
The most recent Census data shows more 6 than,000 homes in Wollongong council area are unoccupied. That’s 8% of properties, and it’s a troubling figures given the current housing crisis.
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Greens announce $400k solar fund for low income households

The Greens Lord Mayoral Candidate for Wollongong, Mithra Cox today unveiled a plan to establish a $400,000 fund for interest free loans to be made available for people on low incomes to buy rooftop solar.

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Stormwater -- make it a resource

The Greens candidates for Wollongong Council want to see stormwater slowed down so that it does not flood properties, cause erosion, or dump sediment in the lake or the ocean. Stormwater should be collected at construction sites, on rooves, and beside roads. It can then be used in yards and gardens, or be allowed to settle before a slower release to the drains.

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Greens get dirty to go plastic free

The Illawarra Greens are shining a spotlight on plastic pollution in the Wollongong Council election campaign and want to work with the community to create a "Plastic Free Wollongong."

Greens lead candidate in Ward 3 Jamie Dixon said "We see first hand in Lake Illawarra and along the coastline the impact of plastic pollution in terms of litter but it is also having a devastating impact on birdlife and marine animals.

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Wollongong to join Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate Action

Wollongong City Council has decided to commit to action on climate change at Monday night’s Council meeting.
Greens Councillor Jill Merrin said, “The Council decided to join the ‘Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy’ at Monday’s Council meeting. This is an international coalition of over 7,000 cities from over 120 countries, who have agreed to take action against climate change”.
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The Greens propose "water on tap" at all Wollongong sportsfields

The Greens candidates for Wollongong City Council are tapping in to Plastic Free July.

Joshua Bell is one of the Illawarra Greens Ward 3 candidates, and currently studying at UoW to be a PE teacher.

Mr Bell said:  "It's so important for people to have access to water while being active. We recognise Council's role in helping people make healthy choices. There is an obligation to ensure that all people (especially children) have access to clean drinking water, especially with climate change leading to higher average temperatures."

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