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New Cabinet, Haymarket Chamber Update, Bridges Too Far, Real Strata Reform, Culinary Tales and Anzac Day

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Alex's Update Issue 72: April 22, 2014


New Cabinet, Haymarket Chamber Update, Bridges Too Far, Real Strata Reform, Culinary Tales and Anzac Day

Money should not be able to buy access or influence. The resignation of Barry O’Farrell highlights the need for improved transparency of contact between government decision makers, lobbyists and those with vested interests, and for tighter donation laws. I’ve called for stronger rules for lobbyists and closing the loophole that allows corporations to donate to political parties without declaring the donation. My opinion piece is HERE  and questions in Parliament HERE.

I’ll be following up with new cabinet ministers to progress community concerns, a lits of new Ministers can be found HERE

Congratulations to the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce for a successful event last week with the Minister for Transport and Lord Mayor of Sydney speaking about new public transport initiatives. It was great talking to so many small business owners and Chinese community leaders. You can read more about the Chamber HERE.

The proposed pedestrian and cyclist bridge over Anzac Parade, linking Moore Park east and west will encroach on green open space, reduce vistas and fails to adequately serve cyclists. My submission questioned the need for an intrusive structure on the parklands and I joined local resident and cyclist groups to ask the RMS to consider less imposing alternatives. You can read about community concerns in SMH HERE, My submissions are HERE, and you can share your thoughts by emailing Moorepark_access_bridge@rms.nsw.gov.au.

Today I was pleased to see an inspiring community project Culinary Tales, a cooking class business involving refugees developed by University of Sydney student group Enactus, which promotes integration of refugees and multiculturalism. The classes run at Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and have now been funded with a grant from the City of Sydney. 

The government is consulting with key stakeholders on draft strata laws and I asked the minister for a briefing and for the bill to be publicly released for wider community comment.  Strata law is complex and all residents, owners, lawyers, strata managers, councils and experts should have the opportunity to review the legislation and ensure there are no unintended consequences.

Have a great week!

PS. Join us at the Mustard Seed Uniting Church Anzac Day ceremony at Union Square on Friday. Details HERE.

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