Tag Archives: Local Government

Newcastle’s missed opportunity to do tourism differently

by Sinead Francis-Coan, Greens Candidate for Newcastle Council, Ward 3. Among many things, 2020 was a year when everything changed for tourism. We were forced to reconnect with our local surroundings and escape to our beaches, parks and gardens instead … Continue reading

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Greens Back Council’s Commitment to Ambitious Affordable Housing Program

The aggressive commitment to affordable housing by Newcastle Council has been heralded by Greens Councillor John Mackenzie as the defining achievement of this Council term to date. “Everyone needs a home where they can feel secure, live comfortably and be … Continue reading

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Removal of Pedestrian Mall in Hunter Street No Solution to Choked City

Greens Councillor John Mackenzie says a move to turn the Hunter Street pedestrian mall into a road with a higher speed limit is the consequence of planning decisions “choking the city”. Newcastle City Council approved an “East End streetscape” plan on … Continue reading

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Newcastle will not be developed according to award winning strategy

The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy received a prize for ‘best large project’ from the Planning Institute of Australia last Tuesday night. The strategy was not quite the work of collaboration it was made out to be by the prize-givers, since … Continue reading

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Call for Extraordinary meeting of Newcastle City Council

Dear Lord Mayor Pursuant to clauses 7.1.3 and 7.2, of Newcastle Council’s Code of Meeting Practice, we, the undersigned, hereby request that you call an Extraordinary Meeting of Newcastle Council as outlined below. An extraordinary Council Meeting on the draft … Continue reading

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Port support ignores residents’ concerns

WHEN Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy offered ‘‘the support of the city’’ to the planned fourth coal loader in a glowing submission to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure, he did so without the authority of the council. And, in … Continue reading

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Unseemly haste in Newcastle City Council’s radical restructure

At last Tuesday’s meeting Newcastle City Council radically restructured the way it will operate. Unfortunately, it was done without real consultation with the elected councillors. The new management structure will eliminate one director, an entire division and five senior management … Continue reading

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Submission on Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy

Dear Sir/Madam Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy. The Draft Strategy: i)         Includes no funding commitment for infrastructure necessary to the success of the strategy ii)       Failed to take into account the increased … Continue reading

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The Herald has described the recent approval for a new Newcastle CBD courthouse as a “green light”. There is no support for this flawed proposal, however, from Newcastle Greens” announced Ward 3 candidate , Keith Parsons. Newcastle Greens call on … Continue reading

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Childcare and Early Childhood Support Policy

Newcastle Greens Policy on Childcare and Early Childhood Support A community-focused and child-friendly council Newcastle Greens believe that Newcastle City Council is the best-placed sphere of government to monitor and address early childhood and childcare needs of the Newcastle community. … Continue reading

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