Category Archives: Local Democracy

Greens’ candidate for Ward 3 address to Lambton resident’s forum

Presentation to Lambton Residents Group Monday 16th February 6pm at Lambton Bowling club Good evening fellow candidates, residents of ward 3, and other visitors Firstly I would like to acknowledge the land on which we are meeting is Awabakal land, … Continue reading

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Nevenka Bareham signs open government reform package with ALP Ward 3 Candidate

Media Release Monday 16th February 2015 The Greens candidate for the Newcastle Ward 3 by-election, Nevenka Bareham, today affirmed her support for a suite of democratic reforms to Newcastle Council that will be under threat if conservative forces regain control … Continue reading

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Greens Councillor calls for investigation of Newcastle Council

Friday 21 November 2014 Greens Councillor Therese Doyle today told a NSW Upper House parliamentary Inquiry that she had called for a full investigation of Newcastle Council by the Office of Local Government. Clr Doyle told the Inquiry, which held … Continue reading

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Open Government Reform Package For Newcastle City Council

An open Lord Mayoral diary, open council briefings, and an internal council Ombudsman are among the key elements of a preference exchange agreement reached between The Greens and Labor for Newcastle’s Lord Mayoral election. Releasing the agreement Greens Lord Mayoral … Continue reading

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“Wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing” Independents standing in the Newcastle Lord Mayoral contest

Newcastle voters should be very cautious of “wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing” Independents standing in the Newcastle Lord Mayoral contest, Newcastle Greens Lord Mayoral candidate Councillor Therese Doyle said today. “Many Newcastle voters were seriously burnt at the 2012 council election when they voted … Continue reading

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Time for openness and integrity in Newcastle politics

Developer bans should stay If the Hunter and NSW communities  are to once again have confidence in democracy, developer dollars have to be kept out of the political process. If the environment is to be liveable and heritage preserved then … Continue reading

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Consequences of ICAC Hearing yet to be Realised

For the city at the centre of the saga, the consequences are yet to be realised. Greens Councillor Therese Doyle and  Tim Crakanthorp are calling for a moratorium on development decisions made by the state government. See NBN report here.

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Greens Push McCloy to Stand Down While ICAC Investigates

Greens councillors are calling for Jeff McCloy to stand down as Newcastle Lord Mayor, amid an ongoing ICAC probe into political donations. It follows Mr McCloy’s admission that he contributed almost $10,000 to Tim Owen’s 2011 state election campaign. See … Continue reading

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Newcastle Lord Mayor must step aside for good of Council

Media Release 1 August 2014 Greens MP David Shoebridge has joined with Newcastle Greens Councillors Michael Osborne and Therese Doyle to call for the Lord Mayor, Cr Jeff McCloy, to stand aside from Council while the Independent Commission against Corruption … Continue reading

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Big guns dominate draft urban planning changes

Tim Owen has announced that he will not recontest the seat of Newcastle because  it is likely that prohibited donors “contributed in some way” to his election campaign. This decision is the proper one. But in the wake of the … Continue reading

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