Steve O'Brien

Steve is standing for Councillor and Lord Mayor

Steve lives in Newcastle East. Steve is a public transport advocate, who wants to retain the East End's unique character and beaches as a place for all to enjoy. A former steelworker who now works for TAFE, Steve is member of the Public Service Association (PSA) and a union delegate.

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

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