Sam Ashby

Sam is running for Councillor in Ward 1.

Sam is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy at the University of Newcastle and is a member of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). She grew up in public housing in the UK, now lives in Mayfield and was involved in the successful campaign to keep the Mayfield Pool open.

What we stand for

Community need, not developer greed

Community need, not developer greed

• More public scrutiny of development applications. Developers have too much power
• Promote affordable housing
• Fund improvements to disability access
• Redevelop the BHP site into a sustainability precinct with housing, parkland, cycle ways, clean technology jobs & park-&-ride to the city

A council that helps with cost of living

A council that helps with cost of living

• No rise in rates or fees above inflation for council services
• Stop the cost-shifting: Advocate for full state & federal funding of council community services
• Reject the privatisation & outsourcing of council services

Open, democratic, accountable council

Open, democratic, accountable council

• Regular ward meetings with residents
• Accountability: no secret council briefings & meetings

For a healthier environment

For a healthier environment

• No T4 terminal. Campaign for covered coal wagons. Put a stop to coal dust
• Free entry into Mayfield pool
• Support & extend our community gardens
• Reopen the Loft youth venue
• Extend mental health services
• Better monitoring & transparency around the spread of RAAF base pollution
• Real time monitoring of air quality around Stockton, Mayfield & Throsby Creek

Public transport now

Public transport now

• Build the light rail on the existing rail corridor
• Extend light rail to the suburbs & University
• Develop safe cycle & pedestrian routes from Warrabrook to the city
• Reverse the privatisation of the buses & ferries
• Extend the Stockton ferry run to Carrington & Wickham

Housing is a human right

Housing is a human right

• Support rent caps on low income housing
• Conduct a Council audit of vacant properties, flats & offices
• Mandate 30% low income housing as part of all major residential developments

Protect Newcastle's identity

Protect Newcastle's identity

• Keep live music venues
• Protect low-cost neighbourhoods from gentrification
• Implement building height restrictions to preserve Newcastle's character
• More protection for heritage buildings