This week Parliament resumed with the loss of hard won reforms to procedures. Family friendly working hours introduced by an Independent Speaker were scrapped with members returning to late night sittings. Landmark legislation was pushed through in one sitting despite rules negotiated by the Independents when we had the balance of power, which required Bills to sit on the table for at least five days so Members could be well informed before making decisions.
I supported legislation for a Mental Health Commissioner and spoke against the bikie laws which limit civil liberties. I submitted questions on Redfern railway station, rail noise abatement in the Eastern suburbs, responses to reported corruption in SHFA, road safety and traffic in Pyrmont and Ultimo, grey nurse shark protections, the impact of changes to occupational health and safety on volunteers, international students and animal welfare.
I plan to work hard to keep sustainability on the Parliamentary agenda as well as fairness, equality, animal welfare and the community's right to decide how our State is governed.
Often the excellent work done by the street sweepers, rubbish collectors and garbage truck drivers in our city goes unnoticed. When they do an excellent job, as they normally do, we see clean streets and parks. A lot of hard work goes into maintaining the excellent standard of cleanliness they set and so I'm very pleased to share with you some of the stories behind this work.
My Clean Sydney highlights the work of 5 members of the City's cleansing and waste team - Matt, Larry, Bruce, Barry and Jennifer. You can hear about them and their work by visiting www.zerowaste.org.au/mycleansydney
Over the next eight weeks, the City of Sydney is asking for your ideas and suggestions on how to make your local community a better place. As part of making our vision for the city - Sustainable Sydney 2030 - a reality, we will create Local Action Plans for each of the City's 10 villages. Our previous Local Action Plans have seen the City undertake more than 350 different improvements throughout the local government area.
Since the community came together to create Sustainable Sydney 2030 in 2007, many new residents have moved into the area. This is a chance for everyone to contribute to the future of our city. To find more information on how to contribute, visit www.2030inyourvillage.com.au
- City Conversations return for 2012
- Ashmore and urban renewal in the City
- Don't short change students with special needs
- Sydney's bike network moves up a gear
- Transforming George Street and its laneways
- Bikie laws revved up again
- Event Alert