Susan Price - Ashfield ward

Susan Price
I believe local councils should be places where residents come together to organise collectively and which operate in the interests of the community, not greedy developers.

Susan is a campaigner for refugee rights and has been an active member of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) for many years, leading industrial campaigns to defend higher education, workplace rights and conditions.

Susan lives in Dulwich Hill and has been an active unionist for more than 20 years and joined her first union as a high school student. She has held a number of elected roles in the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) including as branch president at the University of New South Wales between 2006 and 2010, where she led a number of campaigns, including strike actions to defend workplace rights and conditions.

She has been active in the refugee rights movement because she believes that the bipartisan policy of locking up refugees and asylum-seekers and turning back boats is cruel, illegal and must end.

Susan is a committed campaigner for women's rights and has been involved in many struggles over the years - for women's reproductive rights, against violence and for workplace equality, including for domestic violence leave in the workplace.

What we stand for

Community need, not developer greed

Community need, not developer greed

People are sick of being trampled underfoot by greedy governments and corporations.

They worry that the forced amalgamation of the inner west three councils will mean a less representative and less accountable local government.

The NSW government forced through council amalgamations to weaken comunity resistance to developer greed and to pave the way for the multi-billion-dollar private tollway scam that is WestConnex.

WE  SAY:

  • End the cosy relationship with greedy developers
  • Direct action for housing, amenities and sustainability
  • More open and green spaces
  • Fund disability access improvements
  • Public transport, not tollways
Scrap WestConnex - public transport now

Scrap WestConnex - public transport now

We totally oppose WestConnex.

Money should be spent on expanding and improving public transport not building more motorways.

We think WestConnex should be halted immediately and the communities already wrecked by this disastrous project rehabilitated.

We also oppose the privatisation of Sydney Buses.

WE SAY:

  • Stop the mulit-billion-dollar tollway scam that is WestConnex
  • Rehabilitate devestated communities
  • Expand and improve public transport
  • Monitor the Sydney Motorway Corporation to ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards
  • Continue the WestConnx Community Liaison Forum
  • Council should campaign against the privatisation of Sydney Buses
  • Create and promote safe cycling and pedestrian pathways
Open, democratic, accountable council

Open, democratic, accountable council

People want local government to work for our communities and to be more responsive.

There is a rich history of democratic and inclusive council practice that was pioneered in the former Leichhardt Council and we should build on that tradition.

Councillors should be accountable to local ward and precinct meetings and act as facilitators of direct community action.

WE SAY:

  • Regular ward and precinct meetings with residents
  • Accountability: no secret council meetings and briefings
  • Reverse the forced council amalgamation
Council action on housing

Council action on housing

Housing stress is a major issue in the Inner West.

Many students and workers are finding it very hard to make ends meet. There are also many people who simply have no place to go. Council must come up with solutions that can ease that stress and this will be a key focus.

Council should help provide afforadable, quality and sustainable public housing, support rent regukation and mandate really affordable housing as a significant part of all major housing developments.

WE SAY:

  • Sustainable, quality public housing is council business
  • Work with other tiers of government to solve homelessness and rental stress
  • Support rent caps for low income housing
  • Mandate at 30% low income housing as part of all major residential developments
For council help with cost of living

For council help with cost of living

WE SAY:

  • No rise in rates or fees for council services above inflation
  • Stop the cost-shifting: full state and federal funding of council community services
  • Reject the privatisation and outsourcing of council services
Council action on climate change

Council action on climate change

WE SAY:

  • Commit to rapidly move to zero emissions
  • Preserve local green space and waterways, to promote urban cooling
  • Protect biodiversity and rehabilitate degraded environments
  • No council investment in fossil fuels or other harmful industries
  • Support renewable energy use
  • Tailor climate adaptation measures for the elderly and low income residents
  • Improve council recycling and reuse programs and mandate corporate recycling
  • Expand community gardening programs