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Protesters Attend Inner West Council Meeting

A group of approximately 30 protestors attended this month’s Inner West Council meeting, calling for action by local government and council administrator Richard Pearson to stop the controversial WestConnex project. Organised by the No WestConnex: Public Transport (NoW PT) group, the protesters met outside the council chambers, before moving inside for the meeting. The action responded to ongoing concerns around the project, with the group further displeased with the removal of WestConnex and Urban Growth items from the agenda.

Member of the group and former Mayor of Leichhardt Rochelle Porteous said that despite this pressure from the protestors meant that Pearson returned the items to the agenda, conceding that it should be a permanent agenda item, and that this was “a win for the community”. Porteous also expressed that protests of this kind would continue monthly until the council takes serious action to represent the wishes of residents.


Canada Bay Sponsorship

Each year the City of Canada Bay Council runs two funding programs that seek to support external organisations in coordinating community events and initiatives which benefit the wider community, with the second program open from the 1 September to the 31 October. “We are committed to supporting local projects, services, events and activities through sponsorship agreements that benefit our entire community,” says Acting Mayor Helen McCaffrey, “Council encourages groups and associations to apply.” To apply, complete a Seeking Sponsorship form, which is available online.

For further info visit www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au.


Let a thousand new trees bloom

Continuing plans of the former Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville Councils, the Inner West Council has vowed to plant over 1000 new street trees this coming season. “Trees are amongst the Inner West’s most important natural assets,” said Council Administrator Richard Pearson. “Planting over 1000 trees this planting season alone shows a real commitment to greening our local government area.” The action is already underway with planting days held at Leichhardt Park, Lilyfield; Richard Murden Reserve, Haberfield and Steel Park, Marrickville.

The strategy stems from the combination of the Ashfield Street Tree Strategy, the Leichhardt Urban Forest Policy and the Marrickville Street Tree Master Plan, of the former councils, all of which provide for the planting, maintenance and protection of trees. Former Mayor of Marrickville Sam Iskandar joined one of the planting crews at Richardson Crescent, Marrickville to congratulate their work and show his support of the project. “I think we all agree we want a greener, healthier, and more beautiful Inner West,” said Mr Pearson.