WestConnex Destruction of Sydney Park Begins
Contractors have begun cutting down trees in Sydney Park, as part of the WestConnex project.
Greens Member for Newtown Jenny Leong MP joined community members at the Save Sydney Park Camp, where one resident is stationed in a tree in an act on nonviolent direct action.Read more
Newtown MP Joins Campaign To Improve the Maligned 370 Route
Published in Central Sydney, 2 November 2016
The campaign to bring the “worst bus in Australia” into line has amped up, with a state MP launching her own bid.
Last month, Central Sydney exposed the 370 route — which runs between Leichhardt and Coogee via Glebe and Newtown — as one of the worst in the state.Read more
Protestival for Sydney Park
Published in City Hub, 5 October 2016
By Jordan Fermanis
On Saturday October 1, protestors and partygoers descended upon Sydney Park in what was billed as a ‘protestival’. The protestival was organised by the WestCONnex Action Group and Reclaim the Streets.
The protestival came together with only a weeks notice. It commenced at 1pm, where music acts kept crowds entertained until 6pm.
The event was held not far from where WestConnex protestors have set up a tent blockade which has been running for almost three weeks.Read more
Legal cloud over toxic waste handling at WestConnex site
Marrickville Council voted on Tuesday night to release confidential
legal advice which suggests that WestConnex has been operating for months without any legal approval, including in the handling of toxic waste and asbestos.
Greens Marrickville Councillors and Greens WestConnex spokesperson JennyLeong MP have called on the Minister to issue an immediate stop work or to produce evidence of the legal authority issued for the works and what environmental protections have been put in place.
The Alexandria Hotel Survives
In another win for the community campaign to save The Alexandria Hotel, the owner developer has discontinued his appeal in the Land and Environment Court against the City of Sydney’s interim heritage order which stopped the impending demolition of the hotel to build 28 apartments and ground-floor commercial premises.Read more
Tour of Australian Heritage Park with Heritage Minister Mark Speakman
Greens MP for Newtown Jenny Leong arranged for the Minister for Heritage to attend a tour of Austalian Heritage Park (ATP) in January 2016, with a number of historians and community representatives. With the sale of ATP to Mirvac, the management of the wealth of cultural, innovation and transport heritage at Australian Technology Park and surrounds is more urgent than ever.Read more
Alexandria Hotel DA Submission
The City of Sydney has listed the Development Application to demolish the Alexandria Hotel as 'deemed refused'. We understand that the developer is appealing to the Land and Environment Court. You can read our submission to the council here.
Local activists with the Alexandria Residents Action Group and other community organisations are pushing for the Alexandria Hotel to be protected with an Interim Heritage Order. We will keep you updated with any new information.