Helping Badgerys Creek Take off

Our Planning Minister, Rob Stokes recently announced the creation of a new Priority Growth area around the planned future airport at Badgerys Creek. Mr Stokes said the establishment of the Western Sydney Priority Growth Area will involve a new strategic framework being set out to ensure future planning for new homes, jobs and infrastructure. “This is an exciting step forward in the future planning of Western Sydney,” Mr Stokes said. “Establishing this Priority Growth Area will maximise the economic and strategic benefits of the airport at Badgerys Creek. It will also help bring about the full benefits of the associated $3.6 billion infrastructure plan. “Through good planning, we can ensure we bring the full benefits of the new airport at Badgerys Creek to the people of Western Sydney and NSW as a whole.” Continue reading

Funding for Grassroots Footy Clubs

I am delighted that the Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres and the National Rugby League (NRL) today announced the successful applicants for more than $845,000 in grants to deliver facilities for grassroots football clubs in communities across local and regional NSW. “The NSW Footy Facilities Fund is a successful collaboration between Government and sport,” Mr Ayres said. “It provides upgrades of amenities, canteens, seating and scoreboards which contribute to the overall enjoyment of people participating in and watching Rugby League at their local home ground. Continue reading

Tackling Food Waste

New South Wales will realistically never be a ‘zero waste society’. But as the CEO of OzHarvest Ronni Kahn will tell you it won’t be for want of trying. After tireless lobbying by Kahn and OzHarvest, in 2005 NSW passed into law an amendment which allowed food donors to donate surplus food without fear of liability. With this change in legislation OzHarvest was free to engage in what is now its core business – collecting and redistributing waste food that would otherwise end up in landfill.   They now supply more than 500 charities across all major Australian cities who depend on their collection of food from supermarkets, farmers and commercial food outlets such as cafes and restaurants, to feed society’s most vulnerable. Continue reading

Light Rail's Time Has Come

It seems inconceivable for many young Sydneysiders who have flocked to places like Newtown, Surry Hills and now Marrickville and Alexandria, that the streets of the inner-city were once dominated not by cars but by trams. We must remember that these are still the children of the great modernist vision of a city where the car is central to life, the very embodiment of their freedom of movement and perhaps even their freedom to express themselves.  Continue reading