Marriage equality motion supported by council

On 17 October last year, I introduced a motion to Council supporting marriage equality.  Council passed the motion but amended point 3. The full text of my notice of motion was as follows: THAT Council: Supports the entitlement of people in the City of Canada Bay and elsewhere to exercise the civil right to marry the person of their choice. Supports the value of legislative reform that does not discriminate … Continue reading

Public transport rally – 17th February

Public transport rally – 17th February

I attended the public transport rally to draw attention to the need for change in the public transport sector. Clean accessible public transport is the only system capable of moving most people across Sydney. The problem is, it’s overcrowded and the NSW government has failed to step up with the major improvements we need. In the week preceding this rally, the government announced privatisation arrangements for Inner West buses. Meanwhile, they … Continue reading

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 Labor, while the Greens achieved a small positive swing of 0.75%. Two groups of Independents also ran in this election. Daniela Ramondino, a local business woman was successful in getting a seat, with the vote for independents coming from Labor and Liberals.

Despite an 8% swing against Labor, they were able to re-elect former Labor Mayor Angelo Tsirekas and also maintain three councillor positions. A 6% swing against the Liberals saw them lose one councillor position (down to three), at the expense of previous mayor Helen McCaffrey. Charles Jago for the Greens and Ms Ramondino hold the other two councillor positions.

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.

 

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State Government backflips on forced council mergers

State Government backflips on forced council mergers

Thursday, July 27, 2017 | 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 … Continue reading

Candidates for Canada Bay Council election announced

Candidates for Canada Bay Council election announced

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Earthball begins its journey around the State

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. Share this:

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading