Greens re-elected to Council

In a hard-fought election campaign, Greens member Charles Jago has been elected to the City of Canada Bay Council to replace retiring councillor Pauline Tyrrell, who has completed three terms on Council. 

Overall voting trends in the Council area showed a swing away from the Liberals and an increase towards Labor and the Greens. Two groups of Independents also ran in this election and Daniela Ramondino, a local business woman was successful in getting a seat.

The Greens achieved a very small positive swing of 0.75%, with the vote for independents coming from Labor and Liberals. Former Labor mayor, Angelo Tsirekos was re-elected as mayor with three councillors each for Labor and Liberal, with Charles Jago for the Greens and Ms Ramondino holding the final two seats.

Despite an 8% swing against Labor, they were able to re-elect Labor Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and maintain three councillor positions. A 6% swing against the Liberals saw them lose one councillor position, at the expense of previous mayor Helen McCaffrey.

Charles has been an active Greens member for over 15 years and has lived in the City of Canada Bay area since 1989. He currently works as an adult trainer and his professional experience includes working in the information technology and community development sectors.

Charles’s key concerns include:

  • Environmental sustainability, including climate change
  • Planning and development that serves the residents of the Council area
  • Information technology
  • Transport, especially public transport
  • Energy, including demand management and energy efficiency
  • Social justice issues
  • Local democracy to serve local residents.

 

Contact details:
Email:   charles.jago@canadabaygreens.org
Telephone: 0403 902 613

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State Government backflips on forced council mergers

Thursday, July 27, 2017 |

David Shoebridge, MP and Pauline Tyrrell celebrate a victory for grassroots democracy

The State government has announced that it will not continue to force council mergers where councils have taken the government to Court.

Canada Bay Greens Councillor Pauline Tyrrell has been the only councillor to consistently oppose any forced council mergers over the past two years.  She hailed this decision as a victory for local democracy in this area where 75% of residents have opposed a forced merger.

Greens MP and Local Government Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:

“From Strathfield to Woollahra and Kuring-gai to Randwick local communities have stood up to an arrogant state government and today they have won.

“A strong and principled campaign from communities, councils and elected representatives was always going to have more power than an out of touch and arrogant Liberal National government.

“The Greens will not rest until the State government has paid every cent of the legal costs of councils and every community that has suffered a forced amalgamation is given the right to get their council back.

“Next week legislation will be before the NSW Parliament that will make it impossible for any future government to forcibly amalgamate a local council without the support of a majority of local residents.

“Today we don’t forget the residents in councils including Pittwater, Leichhardt, Tumbarumba, Gloucester and Gundagai who have suffered deeply unpopular forced amalgamations and we will press on to secure legislation to get their councils back.

“There’s a lesson here for any state government, never take local communities for granted,” Mr Shoebridge said.

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Candidates for Canada Bay Council election announced

Candidates (l to r): Steve Maxwell, Alysha Hardy, Charles Jago, Pauline Tyrrell and James Okeby.

Candidates (l to r): Steve Maxwell, Alysha Hardy, Charles Jago, Pauline Tyrrell and James Okeby.

Canada Bay Greens are fielding a diverse team of candidates for the upcoming Council elections on 9 September.

Heading the team is Charles Jago who is also running as the Greens mayoral candidate.  He is supported Alysha Hardy, James Okeby, Pauline Tyrrell and Steve Maxwell.

During the 30 years Charles has lived in the Council area, his children were educated locally and competed in local sports teams.  As a long-time Greens member he has been involved in such campaigns as saving the foreshore walk around Concord Hospital, improving public transport services, preserving Cabarita Park and more recently in fighting against forced council mergers.

Reinforcing Charles is three-term Greens councillor Pauline Tyrrell who has championed residents’ rights by promoting the building of a new primary school in Concord West, expanding the bush care program and cleaning up the Parramatta River foreshore. Pauline is retiring as councillor but will still stand on the Canada Bay Greens ticket.

Charles commented, “I am really proud to be following on from Pauline who has done a great job in her twelve years as a councillor.”

Alysha Hardy and James Okeby have first-hand experience of affordable housing issues for young people as well as being passionate about providing more accessible services for elderly and disabled persons in our community.  The final candidate Steve Maxwell is a local resident who represented the Greens in the battle to stop the Clyde Waste-transfer dump in Auburn. Currently retired, his interests lie in supporting the Arts, local Greens campaigns and reviving ‘Speakers corner’ in the Sydney Domain.

As local residents, the Greens team oppose unsustainable residential overdevelopment and support maintaining open spaces and community buildings.  The Greens have consistently opposed any forced merger of Canada Bay with Strathfield and Burwood Councils because surveys have shown that the majority of residents do not want a merger.  Ensuring good public bus services also has a high priority and the Greens will fight to ensure that buses are not privatised, that existing services are not reduced and that local bus routes are improved to better suit residents’ needs.

More information: view the Greens campaign flyer.

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Date set for Canada Bay Council elections

Residents will go to the polls on September 9 to elect nine councillors to represent the community on the City of Canada Bay Council, despite uncertainty over the proposed amalgamation with Strathfield and Burwood Councils.

Under the Local Government Act 1993, Councils where a merger is proposed but have not been amalgamated by April 10 will have an election in September.

If the election proceeds it will have no bearing on the status of the merger proposal, so it is possible for the Council to be amalgamated a short time after the votes are counted.

If the State Government does proceed with its plans to merge the Council the interim the election will not proceed. In such a case, an Administrator will be appointed and election for a new Council will be postponed.

Strathfield Council is still contesting the State Government’s plans to merge it with City of Canada Bay and Burwood Council in Court. It is one of five metropolitan Councils contesting the amalgamation proposals.

Nominations for the Local Government election on 9 September open on July 31 and close on 9 August with pre-polling set to begin on 28 August. For more information about the election visit the Electoral Commission NSW’s website.

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Earthball begins its journey around the State

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham launched the Earthball on its journey around NSW in Wollongong highlighting how climate change affects our whole planet.  Getting a first-hand introduction to the size of the problem is Charles Jago who will be running in the Canada Bay Council elections to be held on 9 September 2017.earthball cj njb

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Win for first appeal against forced Council mergers

The NSW Court of Appeal has ruled that the process used to support the proposed merger between Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby Councils did not accord with procedural fairness.

At the heart of its challenge was a report by consultancy KPMG, which recommended Council mergers and which the government refused to release in its entirety, claiming it was subject to “public interest immunity”.

Based on KPMG’s analysis and modelling, the Government’s merger proposal stated that “around $70 million in net financial savings over 20 years” would be achieved through the amalgamation of Ku-ring-gai with part of Hornsby Shire.

Judges Robert Macfarlan and John Basten ruled that the delegate appointed to assess the proposed merger could not have properly carried out his assessment without access to the KPMG report.  They also found that the public interest in keeping the report secret was outweighed by the public interest in making the information available.

Judge Basten found that the financial advantages identified by KPMG for the government were a critical element in favour of the merger, but this analysis was not provided to the delegate or public.  As a result, the delegate, Mr West had “constructively failed” in his statutory duty of examining the government’s merger proposal.

“The Council was right to assert that the delegate could not properly carry out his function of examination without having access to that material,” Judge Basten ruled.

“Release of the material was also necessary for public participation in the public inquiry to be meaningful.”

Greens local government spokesman David Shoebridge said: “Today the Court of Appeal has said the obvious, that it is blatantly unfair to forcibly amalgamate a local council on the basis of a secret report.

“This decision doesn’t just affect Ku-ring-gai Council, it could dismantle every single outstanding amalgamation proposal.”

This ruling could affect other Councils opposed to the merger, including Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield which have also lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court as well as Hunters Hill, Lane Cove and Ryde; Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby; and Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra.

Monday’s judgment ordered that Mr West’s report recommending the Council merger be set aside and that any subsequent review by the Boundaries Commission be set aside.

(SMH, 27 March 2017)

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NSW government wants a privatised public transport network paid for by taxpayers

NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance has told media of the government’s vision for a completely privatised public transport network. Mr. Constance told AFR on Monday that “in 10 to 15 years’ time, government will not be in the provision of transport services”.

Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has called the plans a blatant prioritisation of private interest over public needs.

Dr Faruqi said: “There is no doubt that advances in technology offer many opportunities to improve public transport but for the government to use this as an excuse to wash their hands of providing any public transport is preposterous.

“It is making more and more sense why the NSW Government is refusing to build new extensions to the public transport network and is spending billions on gifting the existing network over to the private sector.

“Because this government is incapable of delivering well-planned integrated public transport infrastructure on budget they just want to abrogate the responsibility altogether, rather than face up to the fact and improve.

“It is a responsibility of the government to guarantee the basic provision of public transport to people, and that includes those living in the most deprived and disadvantaged areas. Once you hand it over to private contractors, there is no guarantee that’ll happen and people who need it most will be left behind.

“Affordable, reliable and accessible public transport is an essential service. Once you hand it over to private sector there is no guarantee that commuters’ needs will be met. Transport will become a rat race for profit,” she concluded.

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Forced Council merger is likely to go ahead

Following the rejection of the previous Delegate report by the Land & Environment Court, the Delegate has now issued his revised report recommending that the merger of Strathfield, Canada Bay and Burwood Councils proceed.

The report is dated September 2016 but was only made public on 21 December 2016 and gives until 20 January 2017 for any public submissions to be made.

Council made representations to the State Government demanding that such a tight deadline be extended given the Christmas/New Year holiday period to allow sufficient time for Council and any residents to review and respond appropriately to such a significant document. However, the State Government has now declined to extend the deadline.

Residents can review the Delegate’s revised report on the Strathfield Council website at https://dpcsc-ss.s3.amazonaws.com/Uploads/1482211006/Strathfield.pdf.  

If residents wish to make any representations to Council for possible inclusion in Council’s submission, any representations must be sent to submissions@strathfield.nsw.gov.au and received by Council no later than 15 January 2017.

 

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Annual Councillor’s Report

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Pauline Tyrrell, Greens Councillor, City of Canada Bay Council  Here is a summary of my activities over the past year: Environment: I participated in several community events in support of: the Parramatta River Catchment Group’s ‘Make Parramatta River Swimmable’ Campaign; a meeting of Sydney Water with residents; Clean Up Australia Day with CBG members; and Canada Bay Bushcare. I was successful in convincing Council to lobby for more action on … Continue reading

PARRAMATTA ROAD PLAN A ‘GIFT FOR DEVELOPERS’

Responding to the government plan for Parramatta Road, Jamie Parker MP, Greens spokesperson on Urban Growth and Renewal said:

“The plan is yet another gift for developers in the inner west, with a miserable commitment to affordable housing, no new green open space and absolutely no commitment to any additional public transport.”

“Without a commitment to light rail on Parramatta Road, or green open spaces for our kids to play, the government is simply proposing more crowded residential towers with poor transport connections.”

“The government has proposed a pathetic affordable housing commitment which absolutely fails to address the enormous need for affordable properties in Sydney.”

“The onslaught of development into the heritage suburb of Haberfield continues, with large-scale development proposed for Parramatta Road that wasn’t present in previous plans.”

“The plan also increases the areas under threat by at least 50% in the Taverners Hill precinct, imposing large scale developments of up to 8 storeys in residential areas.”

“This plan is nothing more than a green light for a developer invasion of suburbs adjoining Parramatta Road, from Granville to Camperdown.”

“This takes place at a time when local residents have even less say in future developments, as their councils have been sacked.”

Get in touch:

Jamie Parker 0418 428 089

 
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