Clover's eNews - No 585

On Tuesday night leading international landscape architect Peter Walker gave more than 500 people an inspiring presentation on of his proposal for Barangaroo Headland Park at the first City Conversation for 2012.

The Headland Park will recreate an imaginative 'naturalistic' headland, with magic views, interesting walks, amphitheatres and original Sydney native plantings.

While the debate at Barangaroo has been contentious at times, recent efforts to improve community consultation are improving the redevelopment and I hope there will be more opportunities for the community to discuss the future of Sydney's newest landmark.

In Parliament this week I asked the Minister for Primary Industries to take action about recent revelations of grotesque animal cruelty at a NSW abattoir. The Minister responded that my proposal for mandatory closed circuit television will be part of a broad investigation the operation of abattoirs.

Yesterday the Government introduced the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust Amendment Bill to extend maximum leases on Trust lands from 20 years to up to 99 years and to give the Trust delegation powers. I will look closely at the Bill. I am very concerned it will promote further commercialisation and alienation of the parklands at a time when they are most needed.

As Sydney begins preparing for Mardi Gras 2012, the issue of marriage equality should once again take centre stage. I spoke in Parliament this week urging politicians of all persuasions to support fair treatment for all citizens irrespective of their gender or sexuality.

I have championed the rights of the GLBT community throughout my career and hope together we can help remove the legal discrimination against people in same-sex relationships.

This will be one more important step towards equality.

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