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FUNDING BOOST TO TURN SYDNEY HOUSING INTO HOMES

Our local community groups, councils, charities and private organisations can apply for grants of up to $50,000 to create stronger social housing communities, NSW Upper House MP Shayne Mallard announced today. The one-off grants available to our local community form part of the NSW Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund - a three-year, $20million commitment to build stronger social housing communities. Continue reading

GREATER SYDNEY COMMISSION LEGISLATION INTRODUCED

Our Planning Minister Rob Stokes today announced that the Greater Sydney Commission is one step closer, after legislation to establish the organisation was introduced in Parliament today. This milestone follows consultation on the structure and operation of the Commission with councils, industry bodies, and community and environment groups. The Minister said the introduction of the Greater Sydney Commission Bill recognises the foundational importance of getting planning right in Sydney.   “Getting planning right in Sydney is about ensuring that as Sydney grows, our growth is also matched by progress,” Mr Stokes said. Continue reading

Reforming And Renewing Strata Schemes in NSW

Debate has begun in the NSW Parliament's Upper House on the need to reform and renew the swathes of Strata Schemes that exist in New South Wales. I spoke on the bill prepared by the Minister responsible for Fair Trading the Hon. Victor Dominello MP. The bill enables Strata owners to make collaborative decisions about their homes whether it be a proposal for collective sale, or addressing nuisances such as smoke drift. The reforms are designed to unlock the potential of our State. Sydney is increasingly a city of medium- and high-density living. It has been the path of urban development largely since World War II, with the notable exceptions of Potts Point, Kings Cross and Elizabeth Bay where higher density urban living and apartments emerged after World War I. The reforms will bring high density living into the 21st Century. You can view the speech here. Continue reading

Newcastle Rail Speech

On the 14th of October, 2015 I spoke in support on the Baird Liberal Government's legislation to truncate the Newcastle rail spurr and replace it with state of the art Light Rail. This will bring a raft of benefits to the people of Newcastle, a city which has been ignored by Labor for decades. Newcastle needs light rail and the transit oriented development it will bring, to make the transition from being a city is focussed on mining, to one based on high value knowledge jobs; in Tourism, Education, medicine and research. There is a clear need for Newcastle to have a well-connected, highly liveable urban centre, essential for attracting and keeping students and workers. Novocastrians understand that it is the heavy rail line which divides the city. Heavy Rail Line does not allow for the kind of pedestrian and vehicular access needed to activate the waterfront. You cannot have a completely integrated, connected city with a Berlin wall of heavy rail running through it. Because Light Rail uses an existing street pattern it can become a proper part of the built fabric of the city in a way Heavy Rail cannot. Light Rail doesn’t need the over-engineered pedestrian brick walls. It doesn’t need the large mortar & brick stations. All the evidence suggests that people take ownership of their city’s light rail project because it is integrated, rather than separated from their urban existence. Continue reading