I have been a councillor for Ward 2 since 2017 and am the Greens lead candidate in Ward 2 in 2020. I had all my education in Wollongong. I have a degree in Environmental Science and have worked in nature conservation, local government, and co-operative business. I live in Coniston with my family and am the mother of a toddler.
I initiated the FOGO scheme, collecting food waste from homes to be made into commercial compost for landscaping and agriculture.
The climate emergency requires local action. We have made a start on having emissions targets, investing in solar panels, switching to energy efficient LED streetlights, and installing public electric vehicle charging stations. We need to cut our reliance on coal fired power.
We need to commit to human scale development that protects Wollongong’s unique beauty and enhances quality of life. We do not want more inappropriate development that removes the visual connection between the escarpment and the ocean.
Our precious coastal lakes and lagoons need greater protection from urban run-off and water pollution.
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Shelley Hancock, Minister for Local Government has appointed 4 December 2021 as the day on which the ordinary elections for all councils in New South Wales are to be held.
Let's get more Greens elected
The Greens vote goes up at every election -- let's raise it again.
In 2017, Wollongong elected two Greens councillors in the new council: Mithra Cox in Ward 1 (the northern area) and Cath Blakey in Ward 2 (the central area). We had two Greens councillors on the previous council too. Over the years, your Greens councillors have already made a difference to Wollongong, with local solutions to make our wonderful city an even better place to live.
Some of our changes are about asking council to lead by example -- Wollongong council is now committed to using energy with care, and to improving recycling. The Green New Deal is all about new jobs in new industries that protect the environment and care for people.
Our councillors have shown what they care about, that they are have a clear vision and that they are effective. They have been able to work collaboratively and constructively with other Wollongong City Councillors across the political spectrum. Many of the things that matter locally do not have to made into party political issues.
Wollongong elects a lord mayor and 12 councillors. There are 3 wards, each with 4 elected councillors, and we now have Greens councillors in two of them: Wards 1 and 2. This election we hope to get more Greens councillors, including one in Ward 3, and a second in Ward 1. To check which ward you live in, have a look at the Ward Map.
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We'd like to highlight our priority candidates in all three wards.
"We will work for local solutions to make our wonderful city an even better place to live."
(Left to right: Mithra, Bronwyn, Cath, Jess)
Ward 1: Mithra Cox, Councillor in Ward 1 since 2017. Mithra is also the Greens mayoral candidate. Mithra is a musician and environmental educator who has nearly 20 years experience working in public administration, including local government and the NSW Parliament. More about Mithra.
We have a chance of getting two councillors elected in Ward 1. Second on the list is Bronwyn Batten. More about Bronwyn.
Ward 2: Cath Blakey, Councillor in Ward 2 since 2017. Cath has worked in nature conservation, local government, and co-operative business. More about Cath.
Ward 3: Jess Whittaker is a paramedic, and a well-known advocate for environmental issues in Ward 3. We could get a Greens councillor in Ward 3. More about Jess.
Mayoral candidate: Mithra Cox.
For information on this election, and to check that you are registered, go to the Electoral Commission's website.
WestConnex is already chewing up many suburbs in Sydney. There is now a proposal to build an M5-M6 which will involve an F6 extension. This will damage the Illawarra in a number of ways, including making us pay a toll to drive to Sydney, and destroying valuable environments.
Read what we have written and sign our petition if you agree that we do not want this to happen.
If you want to submit your own objection, just copy this petition and submit it here.
I call on the Minister for Planning to reject this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the WestConnex M4/M5 EIS, project number SSI 16_7485. I am alarmed that this EIS has been prepared without a specific design for the project. I am especially concerned about the consequences of the toll roads for the people of Wollongong and the South Coast.
Sydney has more toll road kilometres than any other city in the world. The proposed additional toll roads will be a burden on our community travelling to and from Sydney, especially for people that need trade vehicles for their work. It will also make it harder for tourists to reach the Illawarra.
There is almost no analysis of the social and economic impact of toll roads in the EIS. Building new roads will also exacerbate congestion and parking in central Sydney.
The proposed new M5 extension depends on the F6 extension, which would have a substantial negative impact on the Illawarra. The F6 project has not been properly assessed. It would lead to the destruction of hundreds of homes and hectares of open space and parkland, and threatens the Royal National Park, in addition to what has already been destroyed for WestConnex.
I, like many people of the Illawarra, call for improved train services to Sydney. The WestConnex plan is intended to funnel more cars into central Sydney. A modern solution, focusing on public transport, would reduce the number of cars going into Sydney, save money, cut pollution, be more acceptable to the population, and prevent the wholesale destruction of valuable landscape and heritage.
I object to the fact that each section of the Westconnex is assessed separately so that there is never any accurate assessment of cumulative impacts.
This EIS is a rushed and incomplete document and should not be accepted by NSW Planning.
I urge the Secretary of NSW Planning to advise the Minister to reject this EIS, which is incomplete, outdated, and damaging.
The Greens candidates for the council elections in September will be Mithra Cox, in Ward 1, Cath Blakey in Ward 2 and Jamie Dixon in Ward 3.
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