Motion: Racism Not Welcome campaign

Over the last few months, I've had the privilege of working with the Inner West Multicultural Network on one of its latest initiatives, a campaign called Racism Not Welcome. At next Tuesday's Inner West Council meeting, I'll be tabling the following motion to seek Council's endorsement for this campaign, including the installation of new street signs in key areas.

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Domestic and family violence: Radio Skid Row interview with Melissa Holmes

On Tuesday 4 August, Councillors unanimously supported my motion on continuing Council's commitment to eliminating domestic and family violence across the Inner West, including its call for for us to develop a gender equity strategy to address one of the key causes of this violence. Melissa Holmes, program coordinator at Stepping Out, spoke to my fellow Clr Colin Hesse on his Radio Skid Row show about why this work is so important, how COVID-19 is deepening the epidemic of violence against women and children, and why investment in this area will benefit us all.

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Radio Skid Row: Interview with Jeff Angel

Earlier this week, one of my colleagues at Inner West Council, Clr Colin Hesse, spoke to Jeff Angel from Total Environment Centre about the worrying increase in tree removal activity in our area since Inner West Council's controversial new Tree DCP was introduced in February 2020. Have a listen.

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Motion: Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020

I'll be tabling this motion at our next Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 4 August. It seeks for Council to make a submission into the inquiry into the Anti-Discrimination Amendment (Religious Freedoms and Equality) Bill 2020, which has been tabled to NSW Parliament by One Nation NSW leader Mark Latham.

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Motion: Council's commitment to the elimination of domestic and family violence

I'll be tabling this motion on domestic and family violence at our next Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 4 August. In short, it aims to continue the strategic leadership and coordination work Council undertakes in this space, and enhance these efforts by developing a strategy to reduce gender inequality - a key driver of this violence.

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COVID-19: Where to buy locally made face masks in the Inner West

We've now reached that stage of the coronavirus pandemic where face masks have become mandatory in Victoria. But while masks aren't compulsory in Sydney (yet), many of us are opting to wear them. So I've put together this list of businesses that are making face masks right here in our Inner West, so you can protect yourself and support our local artists and makers.

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Motion: Banning the sale of fur and exotic animal skins on Council property

I tabled this motion at our Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 23 June in regards to prohibiting the sale of animal fur and exotic skin products on Council property. I'm pleased to say it passed with near-unanimous support, with only one vote against.

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Urgency motion: King Street Gateway Project

I tabled this urgency motion on the King Street Gateway Project at our Inner West Council meeting on 9 June 2020, and I'm pleased to say it received unanimous support.

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Motion on the Religious Discrimination Bill

I've submitted the following motion to our next Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 21 April in relation to the draft Religious Discrimination Bill.

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Motion on the WestConnex Independent Property Impact Assessment Panel

I've submitted the following Notice of Motion to our next Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 21 April in regards to the recent reports of residents being left in limbo by the WestConnex Independent Property Impact Assessment Panel process.

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