Ku-ring-gai Council wins appeal against Coalition’s forced amalgamation

The Coalition’s forced council amalgamations are in legal disarray with the Court of Appeal today overturning the proposed amalgamation of Ku-ring-gai and Hornsby councils. The Court found that the government’s decision to hide the KPMG report denied  Ku-ring-gai Council procedural fairness and has ordered that the delegates report, and Boundaries Commission report, are to be […]

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Bushwalking club: walk reports for 24 March and 26 March

                  Great North Walk One: Sydney to Boronia Park  When: Friday 24 March, meet at 9.15am – 9.45am ferry from Circular Quay to Woolwich, finished at Boronia Park 12:00 The walk:  Moving from the waterfront at Woolwich through the leafy streets of Woolwich and Hunters Hill this is […]

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Greens parliamentary package to restore local democracy

The Greens have launched a three point package to restore local democracy and put an end to failed forced amalgamations. Every resident in NSW deserves equal treatment and genuinely local democracy which is why we have a bill in Parliament that would: Immediately terminate all outstanding forced amalgamations proposals, Immediately de-amalgamate all local councils forcibly merged, Introduce a legislative requirement […]

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How to access Government information – GIPA CLE

We had a great event at the Surry Hills Neighborhood Centre with a briefing for lawyers and other interested people on how to access Government information – with a specific focus on the GIPA process. Thanks especially to Brooke from Greens Lawyers helping to kick off the event. Because the more we know, the more we can hold […]

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Coalition’s planning reforms: another fail

The Coalition’s draft planning bill is out and our verdict? It’s a fail. The bill completely fails to mention climate change, climate preparedness or planning for a carbon constrained world, even though our planning system is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions in NSW. We think this omission is unacceptable. What else does the bill do? The good:  […]

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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 […]

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Child protection system in crisis

A cross-party Parliamentary report has found that the NSW child protection system is failing our state’s most vulnerable children and families, and requires an urgent reset. The multi-party report demands fundamental reform and a one-off injection of funding focussed on supporting children and keeping families together rather than more and more child removals and hundreds […]

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Justice for Victims in Bathurst

Last night in Bathurst we hosted a meeting with the local community to address their concerns about the lack of a Royal Commission hearing in the area, especially as this relates to the sexual abuse of boys at St Stanislaus College. There was strong agreement at the meeting that the Church and school leadership has […]

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