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Pauline Lockie has spoken out hundreds of times on behalf of our community about issues and opportunities in the Inner West. Here are some highlights of her work.
Print / digital
Cyclists fear for safety as inner west traffic worsens | SMH | Dec 2019
Sydney news: Drug and alcohol testing before Council meetings | ABC News | Dec 2019
Tek's turfed out | AltMedia | Nov 2019
First Sydney council drops Australia Day | Mandurah Mail | Nov 2019
Metro tree felling fallout | AltMedia | Nov 2019
Inner West Council moves Australia Day celebrations | AltMedia | Nov 2019
Glebe Island dust-up | AltMedia | Oct 2019
WestConn builders: Environmental Offenders | AltMedia | Oct 2019
'Just jokes': Councillor's great wall of cheek | Inner West Courier | Aug 2019
'King Street is dying': Newtown retailers shut up shop | SMH | Aug 2019
Back to the drawing board for live music pilot program | Inner West Courier | Jun 2019
Inner West Council to vote on whether to spend $150K on live music grants | Inner West Courier | Jun 2019
Berejiklian Govt stomps on transparency | AltMedia | Jun 2019
Albanese staffer wins defamation apology from Facebook page host | SMH | Jun 2019
Weedkiller on trial | AltMedia | Jun 2019
Infrastructure and transport heavyweight Michael Deegan backs satellite technology for WestConnex | Inner West Courier | Apr 2019
WestConnex class action | AltMedia | Apr 2019
'Clearly in breach': WestConnex public transport conditions not met | SMH | Apr 2019
Inner West Council moves to protect Sydney's heritage pubs | SMH | Apr 2019
Inner West Council meeting cut short after councillors walk out | Inner West Courier | Mar 2019
Residents demand WestConnex contracts be ripped up | Green Left Weekly | Mar 2019
NBN blamed for ruining heritage-listed footpaths in inner Sydney | ABC News | Feb 2019
Inner West Council to trial booze ban, toilets for Camperdown Memorial Rest Park | Inner West Courier | Jan 2019
WestConnex construction causing depression and asthma, residents claim | ABC News | Nov 2018
Inner West Council announces Pride Seat dedications and gateway mural | Star Observer | Nov 2018
Familiar, sad tale | SMH Letters | Oct 2018
Amalgamation report card troubles IWC | City Hub | Oct 2018
Landmark creative hub scaled back to protect existing jobs | Inner West Courier | Sep 2018
Urgent works needed to fix Dawn Fraser Baths | Inner West Courier | Aug 2018
‘Not too late’ to stop WestConnex disaster, forum told | Green Left Weekly | Aug 2018
'World's worst park': WestConnex's new St Peters spaghetti junction | SMH | Aug 2018
Earplugs for residents affected by WestConnex | Nine.com.au | Aug 2018
Police investigate threats after magistrate finds Newtown George Michael mural attacker guilty | Inner West Courier | Jul 2018
Independence comes at a cost | AltMedia | Jul 2018
Four twenty-two: Privatise it? | Honi Soit | Jul 2018
Inner West Council calls for nominations for Pride Seat dedications | Star Observer | Jun 2018
Pride Seats dedicated to queer champions to be installed around Sydney's inner west | Star Observer | Jun 2018
WestConnex stage 3 rorts begin | AltMedia | May 2018
Final stage of WestConnex approved | Inner West Courier | Apr 2018
Haberfield in a haze over WestConnex | AltMedia | Apr 2018
'Rage Against WestConnex' rally slams tollway threats | Green Left Weekly | Apr 2018
Inner West Council to install Pride Seats in recognition of the region's LGBTIQ community | Inner West Courier | Mar 2018
Council crushes cottages | AltMedia | Mar 2018
Creative conflict | AltMedia | Feb 2018
Council merge splurge diverge | AltMedia | Jan 2018
Owner of Olympia Milk Bar in Sydney's inner west inundated with offers to help reopen it | Commercial Real Estate | Dec 2017
Liberal with her mouth | AltMedia | Nov 2017
Sleepless in St Peters | Inner West Courier | Nov 2017
Inner West deputy mayor Julie Passas in homophobic abuse controversy | SMH | Nov 2017
'Sexual' Tony Abbott and Cardinal George Pell mural painted over | Central Sydney | Nov 2017
Inner West Council rejects Christian Lobby's LGBT grants objections | SMH | Nov 2017
Australian Christian Lobby targets Inner West Council over LGBTIQ programs | Inner West Courier | Nov 2017
Inner West Council demerger urged | AltMedia | Nov 2017
Inner West Council backs City of Sydney’s plans for late night trading on King Street | Inner West Courier | Oct 2017
Residents urge action, not bluster, on WestConnex | Green Left Weekly | Oct 2017
Mayhem in Marrickville | AltMedia | Oct 2017
Inner west Labor-Liberal pact | AltMedia | Sep 2017
Labor-Liberal alliance on the cards as parties try to 'lock out' Greens | Inner West Courier | Sep 2017
Development under threat as power shifts | Daily Telegraph | Sep 2017
Independents day of reckoning in the inner west | AltMedia | Sep 2017
WestConnex pollution on the rise | AltMedia | Aug 2017
Independents running for Inner West Council snag high-profile support | Inner West Courier | Jul 2017
WestConnex: The stink of controversy that fails to go away | The Guardian | Jul 2017
Horrible stench shows lack of empathy for locals | AltMedia | Jun 2017
WestConnex works stench | SMH | Jun 2017
Changing suburbs | House & Garden | May 2017
WestConnex: bitter battles mark the road to Australia's urban future | The Guardian | Apr 2017
Parramatta Rd: Boulevard of broken budgets | AltMedia | Apr 2017
WestConnex wasting public money with AFL team sponsorship, critics say | The Guardian | Mar 2017
Auditor slams $3.5b WestConnex funding | news.com.au | Feb 2017
Asbestos clouds WestConnex’s reputation | AltMedia | Feb 2017
Mike Baird resignation | ABC | Jan 2017
Thousands turn out to force 'Casino' Mike Baird's hand on lock out, CSG, WestConnex, and councils | New Matilda | May 2016
Baird government labelled 'secret state' as information increasingly blocked | Sun-Herald | Feb 2016
Clean-up of asbestos on WestConnex site in St Peters under scrutiny | SMH | Sep 2015
‘It beggars belief’: St Peters family told they could lose home to WestConnex acquisitions | Inner West Courier (IWC) | Nov 2014
WestConnex nightmare | 9 News Sydney | Aug 2018
WestConnex Stage 3 approved | ABC News | Apr 2018
Not in our backyard | A Current Affair | Apr 2018
Central revamp | Ten Eyewitness News | Mar 2018
Train timetable | 9 News Sydney | Sep 2017
Right road? | 9 News Sydney | Aug 2017
Dumping ground | 9 News Sydney | Jun 2017
WestConnex Euston Rd plans | Ten Eyewitness News | Apr 2017
WestConnex questions | 9 News | Feb 2017
Parramatta Road development plans | 9 News | Nov 2016
Compulsory acquisition reforms | Ten Eyewitness News | Oct 2016
March Against Baird protest in Sydney | ABC News | May 2016
Residents hold fears for WestConnex | 7 News | Sep 2015
WestConnex project forces dozens of residents to leave within 12 months | ABC News | Jan 2015
The human toll of Mike Baird’s WestConnex | The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) | Oct 2016
WestConnex spruikers won’t stop the spin | SMH | Jun 2016
Public transport: better than motorways, and not just for congestion | Green Left Weekly | Jun 2016
Federal funding for WestConnex | AltMedia | Jun 2016
Pauline Lockie on life, music and her political influences | Radio Skid Row | Jan 2018
WestConnex health and safety breaches | 2RRR RadioActive | Mar 2017
Meeting with Mike Baird | Radio SkidRow | Dec 2016
NSW compulsory acquisitions | 2UE | Aug 2016
Talking WestConnex with Wendy Harmer | ABC702 | Mar 2016
WestConnex New M5 design revealed | ABC702 | Sep 2015
Pauline Lockie first moved to the Inner West with her family in 2013, when they relocated back to Sydney after nearly eight years in London. They were delighted to purchase their first family home in St Peters in 2014.
But on Melbourne Cup day that year – less than two months after they moved in – Pauline and her family learned that their home was one of over 80 in the area marked for forced acquisition for WestConnex.
Since then, Pauline has been a tireless advocate for her community. As a spokesperson for the WestCONnex Action Group, she made countless appearances in the media, at public events, and in meetings with politicians and officials at all levels of government to campaign for an end to this destructive project, as well as better outcomes for people across the Inner West who are now enduring the worst impacts of its construction.
Due to the wide-ranging impact WestConnex is having on the Inner West, Pauline’s advocacy expanded to include issues such as public transport, sustainable cities, and planning and development.
Since being elected to Inner West Council in 2017, Pauline has continued to act on these issues, as well as LGBTIQ rights, climate change and sustainability, community involvement in Council decision-making, air quality, local environmental issues, and more.
Work and family
Pauline lives with her husband Warren and daughter Adia in Newtown. She combines part-time work as an copywriter and communications consultant with her work on Council. Pauline has created campaigns for over 80 charities and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and overseas, as well as many corporate clients.
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Pauline Lockie is your progressive independent Councillor for the Damun/Stanmore ward of Inner West Council. She is dedicated to making sure our Inner West remains the best place in Sydney to live, work and play.
Meet Pauline Lockie
As a local activist, founding member of the WestCONnex Action Group and independent Councillor at Inner West Council, Pauline has been a tireless fighter for our community.
Her work has played a key role in making WestConnex as controversial as it deserves to be, and made rising discontent with the project a key factor behind Premier Mike Baird’s sudden resignation in 2017.
Due to the wide-ranging impact WestConnex is having on the Inner West, Pauline’s advocacy expanded to include issues such as public transport, sustainable cities, development, the right to protest, democratic planning, and more.
In 2016, Pauline’s advocacy for our community was recognised when she was named the Newtown electorate’s Local Woman of the Year.
Pauline is passionate about liveable cities, local democracy, equality and sustainable development. She has proven herself to be someone who is fearless about speaking truth to power, standing up to the government to protect the long-term future of our community, and supporting residents across the Inner West.
Since being elected, Pauline has brought Pride Seats celebrating key LGBTIQ+ activists to the Inner West, fought for the preservation of our industrial/creative areas, supported local businesses, campaigned against the relaxation of tree protections, and much more. She has also personally assisted hundreds of residents with Council issues, and remains dedicated to making Council more accessible and transparent to residents.
Above right: Image created by Pauline's friends at Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport following Mike Baird's resignation.