Council blocks Greens amendments to add teeth to infrastructure motion

By Councillor Charles Jago At Tuesday night’s meeting of Canada Bay Council, Councillor Marian Parnaby moved a notice of motion entitled “Infrastructure needs in the future“. In my view, the basic idea of the motion was sound, but it lacked sufficient teeth to have any significant impact. It was a wide-ranging motion with little detail …

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Planning proposal threatens high-rise in Concord West

Update 29/9/2021: Council rejected this planning proposal last night. However, the developer will now likely take it to the NSW govt to try to bypass Council. A new planning proposal on the western side of Concord West station has been lodged with Canada Bay Council, for consideration at the council meeting next Tuesday 28th September …

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National tree day: let’s protect the trees we have

by Councillor Charles Jago Last Sunday was National Tree Day. Many mature, critical trees in Canada Bay are in danger of being cut down in the rush for continued development. Whenever a house gets replaced with a duplex, trees are lost. In fact, all significant developments reduce our tree cover. So while Council is doing …

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Council accepts high-rise rezoning proposal despite major flaws

by Councillor Charles Jago, Canada Bay Council Canada Bay councillors have made a major error in approving the NSW government’s planned rezoning for high-rise towers in the Concord and Kings Bay precincts along Parramatta Road, given that infrastructure promised by the government has not been delivered. This overdevelopment leaves residents to face major problems including …

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Notice of Motion on Council phase-out of “natural gas”

This motion is being introduced by Councillor Charles Jago at the July 2021 Council meeting. The purpose of this motion is to ensure that Council phases out all use of “natural gas” in its operations as soon as possible. This motion is important because it allows Council to contribute to reducing carbon emissions, in the …

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Two notices of motion plus a debate about schools and overdevelopment

In last night’s council meeting, Councillor Charles Jago introduced two notices of motion, both passed by the meeting with support of all councillors: 1. Notice of Motion on residential building efficiency targets Many people will be aware that anybody building a new residence (or even making substantial modifications to one) must submit and pass a …

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Save Willow Grove from government vandals – save our heritage

Canada Bay Greens strongly supports the efforts of Parramatta Greens and the North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group to save Willow Grove, a beautiful heritage-listed Italianate villa in the heart of Parramatta from removal as part of the creation of a new Parramatta Powerhouse museum. The resident protest is being supported by a green ban on …

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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 …

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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 …

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