Issues

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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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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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 Council will update it because the previous version from 2013 is now out of date.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 …

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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 …

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Dealing with development approvals

Most people reading this page will be dealing with some kind of development application that they support or don’t support. Hopefully this page will help you. Objections First of all, don’t send your objection to a councillor thinking they will be able to listen and get the application rejected at a council meeting. That’s because …

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Rezoning proposal in Homebush wants to double heights of buildings

In mid February I attended a public meeting in Homebush run by the Eastern City Planning Panel, held to get community input into a rezoning proposal for 11-17 Columbia Lane Homebush. This property is within Strathfield Council area, but very close to Canada Bay area. The proposal, with apparent NSW Government support, is to increase …

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NSW state government stops councillors determining development approvals

As of 1 March, the NSW state government has stopped councillors in Canada Bay from determining the outcomes of any development approvals (DAs). The excuse is to stop corruption. The “solution” is to remove the democratic influence of councils on development across Canada Bay, with the NSW government grabbing control and planning laws made even …

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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 …

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