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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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

TRANSGRID LEASE EXPOSES CONSUMERS AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TO UNCERTAIN FUTURE

The $10.3 billion paid for the long-term lease of NSW’s high voltage transmission network raises serious questions about what guarantees have been given to the consortium and their costs for consumers and the future of the renewable energy industry, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

Dr Kaye said: “The over-the-odds sale price looks like consumers have been served up on a platter to the multi-national consortium.

“Premier Mike Baird must come clean on the details of what guarantees were provided.

“TransGrid is the nerve centre of the electricity system in NSW.

“If a top-dollar sale price was locked in with a series of contract sweeteners, then inevitably it will be consumers and the renewable energy industry who will pay.

“With annual revenues of only $2.2 billion, TransGrid was set to be the smallest of the leases yet it has brought in what looks like a highly inflated price.

“This will help Mike Baird politically and it will provide for additional infrastructure but inevitably the additional cash will be extracted from households.

“The Australian Energy Regulator wrote down TransGrid’s allowable annual revenue from $2.9 billion to $2.2 billion.

“Clearly the new leaseholders are expecting something more for their $10.3 billion investment.

“There is little the electricity price commissioner can do to protect consumers after the first four years of the lease period.

“The transmission network, set up to deliver electricity from the state’s five large coal fired power stations to urban centres and large industry, is at risk of becoming an impaired asset.

“Somewhere hidden in this deal there will be a massive sting in the tail for NSW.

“Today the people of NSW have lost control over their energy future to a consortium of multinational corporations that care nothing for households or the clean energy future,” Dr Kaye said.

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Solar power celebration at parlt house

solar shindig photo 20-7-15Every hour, enough sunlight blasts the earth to power humanity for a year. By 2050, across the entire world, solar energy could power our computers, phones, lights, hot water – anything we use electricity for today. There would be no need to pollute the planet with oil, coal or gas. Plus, solar panels are cheap at the moment. What better way to save a heating planet?

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Have yourself a Greener little Christmas

CandleYou don’t have to be a Grinch to have a Green holiday season. It should be a time to think about reducing waste as well as giving sustainable gifts to friends and family.

“At Christmas time, the message is not just about receiving things but also about doing things that are good for other people and for the environment. And we can all be just a little bit green while we enjoy this festive time of the year,” said Greens candidate for the Drummoyne State electorate, Alice Mantel.

“We can all do such things as donating to local and international aid agencies or giving vouchers for activities instead of giving another plastic present,” said Alice. “Or making a handmade present, or giving an IOU to do something for somebody like cleaning their oven. It actually means more than giving an unwanted present that just ends up in the back of the cupboard.”

Some alternative options you might consider –

  • Make a donation to a local or international aid charity instead of giving an unwanted gift.
  • Give your time to someone who needs a visit.
  • Give a voucher for an activity rather than giving a gift.
  • Make your own handmade gifts using local produce to make special cakes, jams or chutney.
  • Give battery-free gifts to reduce impacts on landfill.
  • Think globally, buy locally. Buy gifts from local crafts people who use local recyclable materials.
  • Give green gifts – trees, plants, flowers or seeds.
  • Make a blood donation.

Recycle

  • Give your old books, toys, food and makeup to charitable organisations.
  • It’s ok to re-gift an unwanted present. Give it to someone who can use your gift – just make sure it wasn’t the donor!
  • Re-use wrapping paper, old comics, magazines or use shopping bags to wrap your gifts. Keep little used wrapping for next time.
  • Replace or re-use light ornaments using LED light bulbs which use only 10% of the energy of incandescent bulbs.
  • Leftover food tastes even better on the next day when made into a casserole.

Renew

  • Use timber, cotton and natural items as a centrepiece on your table or when making decorations, wrapping items and making gifts.
  • Decorate a potted tree or plant rather than an artificial tree with shells, driftwood, ribbons, fruit and handmade decorations.
  • Don’t run down your credit card to buy your Christmas cheer.

On the day

  • Volunteer to help an aid agency serve Christmas lunch.
  • Use a fan and turn off the air conditioner.
  • Share a car when travelling to your celebration event or jump on your bike.
  • Use organic or locally produced meat, fish or veggies for your lunch or dinner.
  • Put veggie food scraps into the compost.
  • Don’t forget a little food gift for your pets.
  • Be a tourist at home rather than going on international holidays.

Contact: Alice Mantel, ph 9702 5761; email: alice.mantel@canadabaygreens.org 27/11/14

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