Pip is a long-time activist and president of Stop CSG Sydney, a community group that stood up to the fossil-fuel industry and stopped fracking in Sydney's inner west and continues to fight for a state-wide ban on fracking.
The Inner West Council election will be held on September 9.
Vote 1: Community Need Not Developer Greed
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.
Blair is a postgraduate student and has been an activist since the age of 16. He is organising with the newly formed Retail and Fast Food Workers Union (RAFFWU) and is involved in the campaign to defend penalty rates.
We pledge to work alongside residents to build sustainable, just, healthy and liveable neighbourhoods and to help empower residents to make change.
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.
- 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
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.
- 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
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.
- Regular ward and precinct meetings with residents
- Accountability: no secret council meetings and briefings
- Reverse the forced council amalgamation
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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