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Inner City High School Win, Strata Forum, Permanent Housing Community Development, Greyhound Racing Exposed, iVote,  and Visit Fair Day.

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Sydney Update 112: 16 February 2015

Inner City High School Win, Strata Forum, Permanent Housing Community Development, Greyhound Racing Exposed, iVote, and Visit Fair Day.

Are you away on election day Saturday March 28? You can vote online or via a postal vote. Details are at alexgreenwich.com/vote
I welcome plans for a new $60 million public high school on the current site of the Cleveland Street Intensive English High School, close to transport and open green space at Prince Alfred Park. This is a great win for the inner city community. From my very first question in parliament, I have worked to get the government’s commitment for a high school.
 
Current high schools are nearly full already, so we need this school before 2020. This vital facility should not be dependent on the sale of electricity poles and wires. I will work to ensure that Paddington and Woollahra students will be able to attend the school and that there is an appropriate site for the intensive English school. My statement is HERE
I will discuss my action and commitments to prevent short term letting and overcrowding, make buildings more democratic and encourage construction without defects as well as other strata reforms at the next Owners Corporation Network meeting on Saturday. As apartments make up a greater proportion of the housing mix, strata law reform will become an election issue and I will talk about influencing change. The meeting is open to the public. Details HERE.
We depend on police to keep us safe and investigate crime, so it is vital that the community have full confidence in them, and this needs open and transparent complaints investigation. I support an independent police oversight body able to investigate serious complaints and make binding recommendations, which is a gap in the current system. My statement is HERE.

I congratulate the Housing NSW District Manager for making the existing Housing Community Development Worker position permanent. Clover Moore convinced a previous Minister for Housing to provide a community worker to coordinate response to safety and amenity concerns in Surry Hills social housing, but the role has only been temporary. This is vital work and I’ve been pushing for a permanent position, and for more staff who can get out of the office and work with the community to get positive improvements

Don’t miss the Four Corners program tonight that exposes widespread cheating and illegality in greyhound racing. Information is HERE.

Have a great week,

PS. Please come and say hello at my stall at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Fair Day on Sunday 22 February 10am-8pm at Victoria Park. Details HERE
 
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