You don’t loosen your belt to cure obesity

A new motorway may provide some short-term relief to congestion, but within a short time the extra road capacity generates more traffic than there was before. In the long term motorways just allow congestion to grow further: they don’t reduce it. The continuing debate on the M4 east and spending billions of dollars on a grandiose system of road tunnels under Sydney fails to acknowledge this situation. This, and the … Continue reading

July Councillor Report

Below is a snapshot of Pauline’s council activities. The Draft Canada Bay Comprehensive Local Environment Plan (LEP) 2012 The draft LEP is intended to establish broad controls for future land use and development across Canada Bay. It came back to Council with amendments, after receiving 226 submissions while it was on exhibition. A separate report was prepared by an independent consultant regarding the reclassification of Council owned land. Concord Library … Continue reading

Protect Canada Bay from Coal Seam Gas Exploration

Protect Canada Bay from Coal Seam Gas Exploration

Protect Canada Bay from Coal Seam Gas (CSG) Exploration Pauline Tyrrell at “No CSG Rally’ on 1 May 2012 Pauline Tyrrell was one of 4,000 people who rallied outside State Parliament recently to stop CSG mining under both the Sydney metropolitan area and in prime agricultural land all over NSW. There is growing concern that CSG mining interferes with underground water systems. And the heavy vehicle movements associated with this … Continue reading

Anglicare Australia’s Rental Affordability Snapshot

On 30th April 2012, Ms. Kasy Chambers  (executive director) released a report on how affordable it is to rent in Australia. The report, entitled: “Rental Affordability Snapshot” demonstrates how the private market has failed Australians from a low socio economic background. On a weekend in April 2012, Anglicare agencies undertook research of rental properties that were being advertised. The purpose was to check how affordable these properties were for households … Continue reading

Protect NSW’s renewable energy future

The future of the most cost effective renewable energy technology in NSW is now at risk. The capacity to cut 17 million tonnes of CO2 from the state’s greenhouse gas emissions while creating 4,000 new jobs could be lost if the $10 billion worth of wind farm developments currently proposed for NSW are driven away by guidelines proposed by the O’Farrell government. The Greens urge you to write a submission … Continue reading

Jacqueline Marks

Jacqueline Marks

Jacqui was born in England and came to Australia as a young adult.  She is married with three daughters. Jacqui trained as a TAFE teacher when she arrived in Australia and worked in country TAFE colleges before moving with her family to the Inner West. Jacqui worked as a teacher of ESL before focussing on supporting her children through the HSC and her husband in his engineering consultancy. Jacqui is a … Continue reading

Steve Maxwell

Steve Maxwell

I was born in Queensland in 1954 and moved to Sydney in 1984. I have participated in Greens politics since the 1990’s. I was Greens candidate for Reid (Federal seat) in 2001 and Auburn (State seat) in 2003, mainly in opposition to the Clyde Waste Transfer dump. My interest in history resulted in a dedication, at Drummoyne Wharf, to forgotten Australian air pioneer and local war hero, Guy Menzies. I am … Continue reading

Jan Finkelstein

Jan Finkelstein

Jan Finkelstein was born in Perth, Western Australia. She trained as a school teacher at Mt Lawley Teachers’ College, WA and then travelled widely in Europe, North Africa and Asia.  She lived and worked in London between her travels. Upon her return to Australia in 1985, she settled in Concord West.  She worked as the Manager of Burwood Area Community Housing for 8 years. Jan then worked as a casual … Continue reading

Sundar Mahtani

Sundar Mahtani

  Sundar was born in Gibraltar to Indian parents. He is fluent in English and Spanish and understands Pakistani and Indian languages. He is married and has a son. At a young age Sundar migrated to England where he was very active in the Labour Party. He graduated from University of London in Education in 1984. In his last employment in London he coordinated an advice service and managed a … Continue reading