Heritage is not just about old buildings. It is about our natural, cultural and built treasures that have made, and continue to make, a unique contribution to who we are and where we live. These have been handed to us by previous generations, and it’s our responsibility to safeguard them for future generations.

Earlier this year, in Newcastle, there was outrage when it was revealed that the construction of a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet  in the city had destroyed a site containing over 5000 items of Indigenous cultural significance – which should have made it one of Australia’s most significant Aboriginal Heritage sites.

David is working to prevent similar disasters and protect Indigenous and European heritage sites by placing the onus of proof on the on developers to establish that their development does not damage local amenity, heritage, environment, transport and infrastructure facilities.

He is also campaigning to mandate the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings, ensuring they remain a vibrant part of their community.

Find out about David’s recent work protecting heritage.

Read the Greens NSW policies on Planning, Heritage and Infrastructure.

Bushwalking club: March and May 2017 dates

Dear walking friends, We thoroughly enjoyed our first walk at Manly Dam on the Northern Beaches. Even the threat of rain didn’t dampen enthusiasm and 22 people joined us to walk around the dam. Thanks to Matt from WildWalks for helping lead us on our way. We’ve set down our next few walks, so get […]

Greens bushwalking club: join now!

As part of our campaigning to protect wild places (and as a respite from campaigning!) we plan regular bushwalks around NSW with Greens members and supporters. Where possible we have local environmental or Aboriginal heritage experts with us, and we’ll often go on walks that include sites of important environmental or heritage significance. Are you […]

Select Committee on the CBD and South East Light Rail Project [Debate]

This speech was delivered on 22.09.2016 in the NSW Upper House. You can read the full debate online here. I strongly support the motion moved by my colleague Dr Mehreen Faruqi to establish a select committee to look into what has gone horribly wrong in the approval and construction process of the CBD and South East […]

Priceless Aboriginal Heritage faces destruction from light rail excavation

An immediate stop work order is needed to protect a priceless Aboriginal heritage site from destruction for the South East Light Rail project. The Aboriginal heritage site in Randwick, adjacent to the Royal Randwick racecourse, has already yielded more than 21,000 artefacts from a series of small excavation pits. The entire site faces imminent destruction from machine excavators […]

Aboriginal Heritage – 100% destruction rate from NSW government

With Aboriginal heritage under assault across the State the Greens are renewing the call for standalone Aboriginal heritage laws in NSW that treat Aboriginal heritage with the respect it deserves as a priceless part of this planet’s oldest continuing culture. Whether it is destroying ten thousand years of history for a fried chicken outlet in […]

MEDIA EVENT Sydney Mayors call to keep local government local

NSW Mayors and MP’s will be joining together to speak against the Coalition’s ‘Fit For the Future’ package which seeks to amalgamate councils across the state. The 26 Sydney Metropolitan Mayors have unanimously written to the Premier seeking a commitment to no forced amalgamations but have to date received no response. WHO:              Mayors and […]

Hunter heritage under threat

The Hunter is blessed with an enormous depth of Aboriginal heritage, culture and history. The rich soils of the Hunter Valley, the abundant estuaries on the coast, the sandstone escarpments of the mountains and the fertile river flats have been home to Aboriginal people for well over 20,000 years. Rock carvings, scar trees, sharpening grooves, birth […]

People power: Native Title game-changer for coal

The Plains Clans of the Wonnaruah People have had a terrific outcome with the Native Title Tribunal the Wonnarua people as native title claimants over 10,000 square kilometres of the Hunter, as reported by the Newcastle Herald: The tribunal accepted that applicants Scott Franks and Robert Lester, on behalf of the Wonnarua People, were direct descendants of […]

MEDIA ACCC investigates claims of Aboriginal and mining ‘cartels’

As reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Mining companies and Aboriginal groups allegedly engaged in “cartel conduct”, including price fixing for work involving ancient indigenous heritage sites, according to claims investigated by the competition watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will not act on the claims but will monitor the situation, and asked the […]