Council opposes building work on Sundays and public holidays

Council opposes building work on Sundays and public holidays

In the July 21st Council meeting, Council passed my motion asking the NSW Government to withdraw aspects of its COVID changes allowing building work on Sundays and public holidays. The motion also raised issues with the Government’s “Planning System Acceleration Program”. The full motion (given below) was passed with 8 councillors in support and one against. The motion refers to recent changes in law by the NSW Government to government … Continue reading

Council passes motion for 100% renewable electricity by 2022

Council passes motion for 100% renewable electricity by 2022

Canada Bay Council has passed Councillor Charles Jago’s motion for 100% renewable electricity. The motion was seconded by (Liberal Councillor) Michael Megna, and passed unanimously. Cr Jago introduced the motion with some minor amendments to the version shown on the agenda paper. The proceedings of Council’s meeting which took place yesterday (23 June 2022) are shown at https://www.facebook.com/canadabay – this includes Cr Jago’s introduction to the motion and the discussion … Continue reading

Temperatures rising in Sydney Olympic Park

Temperatures rising in Sydney Olympic Park

If you think it’s been getting hotter around here – you’re right! Records of average temperatures in Olympic Park (the nearest weather recording station to the City of Canada Bay) show that average annual temperatures have increased from 22.7 degrees in 1998 to 24.5 degrees in 2019, an increase of 1.8 degrees in 22 years. In the same period, the number of days over 30 degrees has increased from 43 … Continue reading

Canada Bay Greens responds to the NSW Government’s revised plan for Rhodes

Submission The Canada Bay Greens has responded to the Government’s revised plan for Rhodes with a submission. Here is the submission summary: This submission was in response to the NSW Government’s call for submissions to their revised plan for Rhodes. For details of that plan, go to: https://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Priority-Growth-Areas-and-Precincts/Rhodes The NSW government plan for Rhodes offers some interesting and useful features for the community. However, contrary to the government’s mantra of … Continue reading

Greens councillor appointed Deputy Mayor

At a meeting of the Canada Bay Council on Tuesday, I was appointed as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months through a resolution of Council. My thanks to my fellow councillors for their trust in me with this appointment. In the year since taking on the councillor role, I have moved 4 motions (all passed by Council): a motion supporting marriage equality; a motion to reduce Council investment in … Continue reading

Trees on Tennyson Road, Mortlake

Trees on Tennyson Road, Mortlake

This morning I went to Mortlake with the aim of protecting eight mature trees on Tennyson Road Mortlake (next to Breakfast Point). The Canada Bay Council, in responding to local requests for a footpath, had slated eight beautiful old paper-bark trees for removal as part of the work, because of the narrow space for the new footpath. I talked to a number of local residents who were there about the … Continue reading

Review of Canada Bay Local Environmental Plan (LEP)

Council has now agreed to update its Local Environmental Plan (LEP). This major document controls all development across Canada Bay. Council will update it because the previous version from 2013 is now out of date. The key agenda concern for all councillors was to minimise the impact of the NSW state government’s dodgy low rise medium density policy, which allows much looser control over low-rise medium density buildings like dual … Continue reading

The NSW government controls planning panels, but renames them “local”

One little thing I discovered this week: the NSW government controlled “IHAPs” (Independent Hearing and Assessment Panels) across Sydney all have now been renamed “Local Planning Panels” – by a direction from the Minister for Local Government. Here we see a great example of Orwellian “doublespeak”, with the panels staffed predominantly by people recruited and appointed by the NSW government, with a chair appointed by the government, and now a … Continue reading

Report for June 2018 (short version)

Attended Council meeting 12 June, where councillors agreed to update the Local Environmental Plan (the key local document for planning matters) to give Council more control in dealing with new state government rules, of which the latest is their low rise medium density policy. Chaired Council’s environment advisory committee meeting on 28 June. The Committee completed setup of its internal teams, which will take on projects in the areas of: … Continue reading