I spoke to Robbie Buck and Wendy Harmer on ABC Sydney's Breakfast program on 11 February 2019 about how NBN works have destroyed footpaths across the inner west, including heritage paths in Marrickville, and how Inner West Council has been unable to get anywhere with the NBN when it comes to getting these footpaths properly restored.Read more
The 28 August 2018 meeting of Inner West Council saw us debate whether to adopt the revised development control plan (DCP) for the recently rezoned Victoria Road Precinct in Marrickville. Council's strategic planning and legal teams had recommended not to do this, as the contributions plan that compels developers to pay for infrastructure upgrades needs to be revised to match the new zoning. They advised that approving the DCP before this is done could leave Council facing costs of up to $50 million with limited ability to claim this from developers.
The Mayor, Darcy Byrne, moved that we adopt the DCP instead, which passed after all the Labor and Liberal councillors, plus Victor Macri, supported it. Here's the transcript of the speech I made during the debate on the night, explaining why I couldn't support this, and would be voting for what our officers had recommended instead.
I'm also supporting a rescission motion to overturn this decision at the next Council meeting on Tuesday 11 September. If you'd like to speak at this meeting, you'll need to register on Council's website by 2pm Tuesday. The meeting starts at 6:30pm at Ashfield Council Chambers. It's Item 18 on the agenda.
There's been a lot of discussion about the fine handed down by Inner West Council to the Addison Road Community Centre (ARCCO) after a recent Vegan Market breached ARCCO's development consent. Here's the report Council staff have prepared for our next meeting on Tuesday 10 April. As always, I'd love to know what you think.Read more
On New Year's Eve 2017, I took a look back at the year that was in the Inner West. Topics covered include the election campaign and the Labor/Liberal (Laboral?) mayoralty power-sharing deal, WestConnex, Sydney Metro, planning proposals, and the work I'm doing with you to make sure our Inner West remains the best place in Sydney to live, work and play.Read more
I'm very proud of Emmy, Catriona and Marla from Newtown's Camdenville Public School, who were the guest stars on Radio Skid Row's breakfast show on Thursday 7 December.Read more
INDEPENDENT candidates in the Inner West Council election have slammed Premier Gladys Berejiklian's failure to unwind the unpopular merger of Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville councils after she announced today that the mergers of 14 Sydney councils would not go ahead.Read more