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Animal Welfare Still Not a Priority

Australia continues to allow archaic and cruel animal treatment.Rodeos subject animals to pain, fear, severe injuries and sometimes death. Reports of brutality and torment at recent NSW rodeos, including dragging calves from their legs and roping them, led the Primary Industries Minister to declare that rodeos "are here to stay".The Government's review of the existing Rodeo Code excludes consultation with groups concerned about rodeos like Animals Australia, Animal Liberation, No Rodeo, PALS@PILCH and the Law Society of NSW Animal Law Committee. In response to my questions in Parliament the Minister said there will be consultation with what he refers to as "key stakeholders".The existing Rodeo Code was approved over 20 years ago despite requirements for a review every two years. The ACT has banned rodeos, and Victoria and South Australia have banned calf roping.Circuses deny exotic animals their basic instinctual needs and they suffer psychologically and physically from confinement, lack of natural socialisation, frequent travelling and coercion into performing unnatural and sometimes dangerous tricks. Circus life leads to abnormal behaviours like pacing and swaying in animals like elephants, lions, tigers and monkeys.In the Legislative Assembly, I am sponsoring a petition by Animals Asia, the RSPCA and Animals Australia calling on the NSW Government to follow the lead of the ACT and ban exotic animals performing in circuses.Last week Animals Australia exposed a proposal to deny dairy calves food within the last 30 hours of their life. Calves normally suckle five times a day and are currently not allowed to be left without food for more than 10 hours.Calves feel pain, fear, distress and hunger and I have asked the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to ensure that dairy calves are treated humanely.As a just and civilised society, we should work to reduce animals' pain and suffering. Australia should follow world best practice, and play a leadership role to improve animal welfare.Information My questions: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/la/qala.nsf/18101dc... www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/la/qala.nsf/18101dc... Circus petition: www.clovermoore.com/main/page/3859.pdf Say No To Animals in Circuses: www.animalcircuses.com www.animalsaustralia.org/take_action/bobby-calf-cruelty/ Related information: | Animal Welfare | Informing and Involving | eNews |

Traffic Committee to Formally Recognise Pedestrians and Cyclists

Pedestrians, cyclists and calm local streets will be formally recognised in the City's traffic management and planning if Council supports the unanimous recommendation of the Monday's meeting of the Planning, Development and Transport committee to rename Sydney Traffic CommitteeThe committee will be renamed the Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee to reflect the Committee's aims, objectives and the matters it considers.The Committee is an open monthly meeting chaired by the City and attended by the Roads and Traffic Authority, State Transit Authority, Police, Transport Workers Union, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and a Cycling representative. As Member for Sydney, I am represented by a local resident on the committee, as is the Member for Heffron and the Member for Marrickville.The Committee manages activities which occur on streets and footpaths across the City, which may include applications for street events, changes in parking, introduction of car share spaces, pedestrian amenity, traffic calming measures and cycleway projects.Information The Committee meets on the third Wednesday of the month www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/MeetingsAndCom... Planning, Development and Transport Committee Report www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/MeetingsAndCom... Related information: | Transport | eNews

Harold Park on the Agenda

Following extensive public consultation, Council will consider adopting proposed new planning controls for the Harold Park site that will ensure that the 35 per cent of previously private open space on the site will become 35 per cent of public open space.The controls also provide land for affordable housing, community space in the Tram Sheds, and an $8.25 million developer contribution toward creating the park and essential infrastructure.The report to Council's Planning, Development and Transport Committee on Monday carefully reviews submissions from the recent public exhibition. It recommends that Council endorse the proposal, with key elements unchanged from the exhibited plan.The report recommends Council adopt building heights in the exhibited plan because the development in the valley would be limited to the height of the predominant terrace housing in the area. It would improve or maintain public views throughout the area, with taller buildings towards the centre of the site to reduce overlooking and overshadowing.It also recommends that Council decrease the amount of retail space within the development by about 50 percent to reduce impacts on established local shopping precincts. Issues of site access have been addressed, with the Roads and Traffic Authority agreeing to primary access from The Crescent, rather than smaller local roads.Following suggestions from the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning, Council will also strengthen some of the heritage controls to ensure the protection, conservation and adaptive reuse of the site's significant heritage items.InformationOfficer's report: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/documents/meet...

Planning Minister Silent on Late Night Violence

One day after Council adopted refinements to our Late Night Trading Premises Development Control Plan (DCP) 2007, the Planning Minister directed us to revoke them, without explanation.The amendments to the current DCP were adopted following extensive community and industry consultation and support from residents, the Police Association, Australian Medical Association and the Nurses Association whose members see the devastating effects of alcohol fuelled violence first hand every weekend.Contrary to an ugly and misleading campaign financed by a few anonymous people with industry interests, the DCP amendments had nothing to do with a blanket shut down of Sydney's nightlife.Our nightlife economy is strong and I want it to stay that way. Under the DCP, many venues can operate until late. Good operators need not fear their hours will be restricted.This is about creating a vibrant city night life. I believe that the City should have many options for people visiting at night and that is what the small bars campaign was about.What our amendments do is simply ensure that unsafe and poorly managed venues are not rewarded with later trading particularly those where violent, anti-social behaviour results in attacks on patrons, fights spilling out onto the streets, serious disturbances to neighbourhoods and police and paramedics continually being called to respond.The amendments are minor. They include grammatical corrections, removing references to legislation and planning instruments that no longer exist, updating maps and making adjustments to recognise new powers given to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.Given they were so minor, the City has sought clarification about the Minister's concerns and his reason for ordering it be entirely revoked. It's been two months and we still have heard nothing. I am concerned he is simply bowing to pressure by vested industry interests.On Monday, Council's Planning, Development and Transport Committee will consider publicly exhibiting the changes ordered by the Minister, as required by State legislation.Members of the public are welcome to address Councillors at that Committee meeting.Information The Planning Policy Sub-Committee meets from 4.30pm, Monday 7 February. The report is available at www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/MeetingsAndCom... For more information contact Ben Chamie, City Plan Development Unit on 9265 9333 or at nighttrading@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au. To address the Committee, register to speak by calling Council's Secretariat on 9265 9310 before 12 noon.

Australia Post Agrees to Limited Postal Service

Australia Post has responded to community action by agreeing to continue limited postal services in the Glebe and Woollahra village centres.Late last year Australia Post announced that post offices in Queen Street Woollahra and Glebe Point Road Glebe would close, with no consultation and little notice.I strongly oppose Australia Post's decision to close these Post Offices, and share community concern at the loss of these important local facilities and meeting places. Removal of these services will result in significant loss for local residents, especially those who are elderly or have limited mobility and those without transport.While providing limited services is preferable to withdrawing of all services, residents will not have the complete range of services that have been provided in the past such as local banking, bill payments and parcel services.Australia Post continues to cite falling customer numbers and sustained losses for their decision, putting profitability before community needs and customer service.Unfortunately, the Federal Government's corporatisation of Australia Post and abandonment of historic purpose built post office buildings for shopping centre shop fronts have been going on for years without any action by successive Ministers to rein it in.I will continue to try to get the Federal Government to reverse Australia Post's decision and ensure that full postal services are available in Glebe and Woollahra. Concerned residents should continue to contact the Federal Minister and the CEO of Australia Post seeking that full postal services are provided.Information Senator the Hon Stephen Conroy: Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600 or minister@dbcde.gov.au David Mortimer, Chair, Australia Post, GPO Box 9911, Melbourne Victoria 3001 Ahmed Fahour, CEO, Australia Post, GPO Box 9911, Melbourne Victoria 3001 Comment direct to Australia Post: http://contactus.auspost.com.au/app/ask/session/L3...

Join Me for Mardi Gras

It's Mardi Gras season again, and I invite you to join me in showing support for equal rights and acceptance of all people, regardless of gender and sexuality. The 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is on Saturday 5 March.This year's parade theme is "Don't Just stand there. Say Something..." My parade entry will "say something" about the need for relationship equality for same-sex couples.I support full relationship equality, including providing for same sex relationships to be recognised in the same way as marriage or civil unions.While my bill to provide for children with same-sex parents to be legally adopted succeeded in late 2010, discrimination loopholes remain and wider community education to prevent homophobia is needed.Please join me in the parade and support equality. Bring your family with you to show that we all have families who should be legally recognised. People able to help organise my walking group are especially welcome.InformationContact Leanne Abbott, phone 9360 3053 or email sydney@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Support Keeping Sydney Independent

Unlike the major parties, I don't accept donations from developers or large corporate donations. I rely on hundreds of volunteers and community donations to support my election campaigns.With the NSW election just two months away, several of my supporters have organised a fundraiser at the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in Paddington on Saturday 19 February.I invite you to join us for a non-party party. It's an opportunity to dress up, mingle with other friends and supporters, and have a fun time helping retain independent representation in Sydney.Information Clover 2011 Campaign Fundraiser: Saturday 19 February from 6.30pm, The Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, 16-20 Goodhope Street, Paddington 2021 www.clovermoore.com or call Leone on 9517 4704.

City Staff Welcomed in Brisbane

City Staff who travelled to Brisbane to help with the massive flood cleanup received a warm welcome from residents, businesses and Brisbane City Council. All volunteers, the staff come from Council's Cleansing and Waste, Civil Maintenance, Parks Services, Fleet and Health Services.The first team comprising 31 staff and over 20 vehicles, including garbage trucks, excavators, backhoes, tipper trucks and utes, departed Sydney on Monday 24 January. Travelling to Brisbane was arduous, with several vehicles only able to travel at low speeds.The team began work at 7:30am on Australia Day in the Brisbane suburb of St Lucia, on the banks of the Brisbane River next to Queensland University. During that day, the team removed approximately 67.5 tonnes of waste, the majority of it comprising internal lining and kitchens from flood effected homes. In some cases the entire contents of homes were removed.A second crew of 26 staff volunteers took over on Monday. They completed a check of six suburbs and two industrial estates, and took 55 tonnes of waste to the tip. Some 176 tonnes of waste were shifted in the first three days.The crews will continue to work over the weekend and return to Sydney next Monday.Two teams of nine Health Inspectors and one engineer are also helping Brisbane City Council with more than 300 health-related inspections. The inspections include reopening flood damaged food premises, assessing environmental safety issues such as parks contaminated by raw sewage early morning inspections of the flood affected Brisbane Markets.On Monday, Council unanimously commended and thanked the volunteers who have travelled to Brisbane and endorsed my recommendation to donate $200,000 to the Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal.All staff will receive their full salary for the time they are away, and the City will also meet reasonable out of pocket expenses.Information Queensland Premier's Flood Relief Appeal: www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html To make a donation phone 1800 219 028 My Lord Mayoral Minute on the Queensland floods: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/MeetingsAndCom... Youtube video about City staff helping out in Brisbane: www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_cM3AhdLI

Make Sure You Can Vote in March

Don't forget to update your electoral enrolment if you become eligible to vote or have moved, so that you are correctly enrolled to vote on Saturday 26 March at the State election.You can check your enrolment details online at the Australian Electoral Commission and update details there. You can also get enrolment forms from Post Offices, Medicare, Centrelink or Australian Taxation Office offices, or call my Electorate Office for a copy.If you will be away or unable to vote on election day itself, you can request a postal vote or vote early via pre-poll from 14 March onwards. Contact the Electoral Commission NSW for details, or call my Electorate Office for a postal vote application form.Information Check enrolment at https://oevf.aec.gov.au/ or phone 132 326 Enrolment update forms www.aec.gov.au/pdf/enrolment/forms/ER016w_NSW_0609_Fb.pdf Early voting: www.votensw.info/early_voting or phone 1300 135 736

Forced Adoption Inquiry

The Australian Senate is holding an Inquiry into the "Commonwealth contribution to former forced adoption policies and practices". The Senate Community Affairs Committee has called for public submissions by 28 February 2011 and will report by 30 April.Advocacy groups have been calling for a national inquiry into the past practice of forcing unmarried mothers to give up their babies, and the Western Australian Parliament issued a formal apology to affected women.The Inquiry will cover Commonwealth Government policies and practices contributing to forced adoptions and role in developing a national framework to help address the consequences for the mothers, their families and children who were subject to forced adoption policies.I encourage anyone was affected by these practices to make a submission so that the Government and the wider community can better understand the impacts, and ensure this does not occur again.Informationwww.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/clac_ctte/comm_con...

New Plans for Social and Affordable Housing in Redfern-Waterloo

The Redfern-Waterloo Authority (RWA) is seeking public comment on its new Draft Built Environment Plan - Stage 2 (Draft BEP2). The draft BEP2 is on exhibition from 27 January to 28 February 2011.Developed by the RWA with Housing NSW, the draft outlines plans to transform Housing NSW sites in the RWA area (including Redfern, Waterloo and South Eveleigh) over the next 20-25 years.The proposal outlines planning controls that enable the redevelopment of Redfern, Waterloo and South Eveleigh to provide housing for around 7,000 households in a mix of social, affordable and private dwellings. This doubles the number of dwellings in the current public housing estates.It proposes the replacement of 700 existing public housing dwellings with 700 affordable housing units. The RWA has told the City that any reductions in public housing in the immediate area will be offset by the acquisition of replacement social housing within the local government area.A summary of the plan will be provided to every household and business in the RWA area through a special edition of the RWA's quarterly newsletter. Housing NSW residents are also being provided with a Resident Information booklet prepared by Housing NSW.RWA and Housing NSW staff will host a series of information sessions throughout February to discuss the proposals with interested residents.InformationDraft Built Environment Plan Stage 2: details on information sessions and how to make a submission can be found atwww.redfernwaterloo.nsw.gov.au

Art & About Wins Art and Culture Award

This weekend is the last chance to see the 2010 Art & About Laneways art projects that contributed to the City being recognised in the Sydney Music, Art and Culture Awards.Organised by the independent, community-based radio station, FBi 94.5FM. FBi's listeners vote for the awards through the radio station's website. The City won the Award in the "Remix the City" category for three key features of Art & About 2010—the Laneways temporary public art project, Reflections of Alfred, and Sydney Statues."Remix the City" awards an event, person or team who have used, created or recreated a physical space, location or landmark in Sydney, making it a creative destination. Other nominees were Breakfast on the Bridge, Sydney Open and Safari, an unofficial Biennale of Sydney fringe project.Reflections of Alfred was a public art project that converted the construction fence around the Prince Alfred Park Pool into a community gallery and art space. For the extremely popular Sydney Statues, established and emerging textile artists and designers transformed eight Sydney statues by dressing them in colourful costumes.While Reflections of Alfred and Sydney Statues have ended, the Laneways project, Are you looking at me? remains in place until Monday 31 January. The artworks are in eight laneways off George Street between Martin Place and Circular Quay.The City's commitment to public art continues during the 2011 Chinese New Year Festival, with outdoor gallery display boxes in Albion Place used as part of the walking tour, China Heart. Curated by d/Lux MediaArts, one of Australia's leading screen and media arts organisations, the walking tour uses mobile phone and GPS technology, art and performance to explore Chinatown.The Albion Place gallery boxes, initially installed for Art & About 2007, will exhibit The Dragon Balls @ The Trocadero. The exhibition of photographs, posters, artworks, memorabilia and other items recalls the role of the Trocadero Dance Palace in Chinese Australian cultural life.Previously located next to Albion Place on the site now occupied by Event Cinemas, the Trocadero hosted the Dragon Balls, the Sydney Chinese community's annual fundraiser.Information Sydney Music, Art and Culture Awards: http://smacawards.com/* Art & About: www.artandabout.com.au Laneways Art project: Laneways off George Street between Martin Place and Circular Quay until Monday 31 January. Laneways Art project website and walking guide: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cityart/special/lanewayart.asp China Heart: www.chinaheart.org.au/

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