Following some disturbing reports about ongoing stability and contamination issues at the WestConnex St Peters Interchange 'park', I brought the following motion to the Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 7 September (originally tabled for 3 August). I'm pleased to say it received unanimous support.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
I'll be tabling this motion on domestic and family violence at our next Inner West Council meeting on Tuesday 11 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.Read more
We've now reached that stage of the coronavirus pandemic where face masks have become mandatory in a variety of settings in Greater Sydney. 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.
Note: Many of these businesses are small, and availability may be subject to change. Check with suppliers when you order.Read more