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Alex's Update Issue 137: 10 September 2015

Moore Park Update, Woollahra Council Grants, Bus Trip Planner, Ultimo Public School, Jobs for the Future, and Art from the Heart of the Cross 

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In Parliament this week, I successfully called on the government to ensure the new Jobs for the NSW Board focused of increasing the female workforce participation rates and focuses its attention on supporting digital innovation and entrepreneurship . Over the next 10-15 years, 40 per cent of existing jobs may disappear and we need to prepare our workforce for the challenges of the future. My speech is HERE and a media report on my amendments is HERE
Woollahra Council’s Community & Cultural Grants Program is now open, with grants up to $5,000 for activities or programs helping a connected, livable, vibrant and creative community. Closing date is 23 October. Information is HERE.
Last week I visited Moore Park with the Member for Heffron Ron Hoenig (whose electorate now includes the park), the Member for Newtown Jenny Leong and Lord Mayor Clover Moore to review the site and discuss our mutual concerns with proposals to further alienate and privatise parklands that are vital to all our constituents.
 
We’ve written jointly to the Minister for the Environment asking for an urgent meeting to set a clear framework for Moore Park’s future including transparent and credible community engagement. You can read our letter HERE
Transport for NSW has a trip planner based on the new bus routes starting on 4 October. There will be changes for most bus services operating in or through the CBD and I encourage you to get information about how the changes will affect your travel. More information is HERE or call 131 500.

Earlier this year, the government reneged on a promised new Ultimo Public school for 1,000 students, with childcare and community facilities included. The new plan will see a smaller high-rise school built on the current site, which will displace students and not address long term needs. Together with the Member for Balmain Jamie Parker, I’m supporting the community campaign for a proper new school for the future. Please download, print and sign the new community petition HERE.

Congratulations to the Kings Cross Medically Supervised Injecting Centre clients for the heartfelt artworks about their struggles and lives. I was proud to launch of Art from the Heart of the Cross exhibition at the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Centre on Saturday. You can view the exhibition of 50 works at the Kings Cross Neighbourhood Service Centre until 18 September.

Have a great week,

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