What a a big year for Newcastle Greens! All the hard work of our members and supporters has resulted in us doubling our representation on Newcastle city council, with the election of two councilors; Michael Osborne for Ward 1 and Therese Doyle for ward 2. Both have hit the ground running in the new council placing in a number of notices of motions.
Newcastle Greens this year held successful port forums bringing the community and significant state and national representatives together to discuss a Green vision for our Port. Our representatives took the communities concerns very seriously. The community representatives found these sessions informative and felt respected and listened to.
The topics discussed included the community concerns in relation to the health both of people and the local environment. This lead to Lee Rhiannon putting a notice of motion to the federal senate to have a health impact studies in Newcastle.
Further discussions surrounded diversification of the port and the opportunities for green jobs in renewable energies.
The communications-working group has been working hard all year on getting our meetings to run efficiently and effectively. They have put in place a number of changes in working groups’ terms of reference so that everybody has a clear understanding of how things work.
The communications-working group has put in place a social media editor who played a crucial part in the past council election. This role has broadened Newcastle Greens’ accessibility across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the more traditional newsletter format.
We have also changed the look of ‘Green E-News’ to ‘What’s on in Newcastle’, this links in with our website and social media platforms.
We have successfuly supported community campaigns:
Fullerton Cove Campaign
To stop the coal seam gas mining company Dart Energy from Coal Seam Gas Mining at Fullerton Cove. This campaign was supported by many Newcastle Greens members and the community were successful in holding off Dart Energy taking them to the land and Environment Court where the case now sits pending determination.
T4 is a large and ongoing campaign; the community has been successful in pushing back dates of approvals. The proposed new terminal will now go to The Planning and Assessment Commission early next year. The communities were successful in directing nearly 500 submissions into the NSW Planning Department objecting to T4.
Next year will be another great year for us, supporting our two councilors in their ongoing work in Newcastle council. As we head towards a federal election we will all be working hard to support our Federal representatives and I look forward to working along side you all in our campaigns in Newcastle.
Have a safe and happy holiday season
Convener Newcastle Greens