It was fabulous. We have lost property.

The fair is over. Thanks to all who attended, we hope you had a good time.

We’re still dealing with paperwork, trying to get prizes to raffle winners, sorting photos.

In the meantime, we have lost property:

  • one pair of glasses, frames are black at the front, with tortoise shell arms.
  • one black hat

If either of these might be yours, please email us at info at arag.org.au.

Alexandria Summer Fair. It’s going to be fabulous.

Alexandria Summer Fair will be held on Sunday the 30th of March, 2014, at Alexandria Park, from 11am to 3pm.

 

12th March Meeting

The next ARAG meeting is to be held this coming Wednesday, 12th March at 7pm at Alexandria Town Hall.

Agenda & Topics for Discussion

 

Agenda for meeting of 9th October

Our next meeting will be Wednesday the 9th October, at the usual time and place of 7pm at Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

The Agenda for the meeting is:
- 308 Bus Route
- Council Parking Trial
- Ashmore Development
- Recent burglaries
- Any other business

Better Planning Network – Petition to the Premier, Barry O’Farrell

BPN have their petition up and running at change.org.

To sign the petition, follow this link: The Premier of NSW – the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, MP: Withdraw the NSW Government’s Planning Bills!

The Planning Department is being caught out on the new draft legislation

Two articles in today’s press highlight what ARAG and other community groups as affiliates of the Better Planning Network have been saying for some time: the proposed new planning legislation is rubbish – broken before it starts.

See http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/top-official-admits-errors-over-draft-planning-laws-20130812-2rsht.html and http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/archives/53324/ for more information.

What’s the problem? “The director general of planning Sam Haddad has admitted the way departmental staff sold the new planning reforms to the public could have been “inaccurate or misleading”.”

Expect a change.org petition on behalf of the Better Planning Network (BPN) to be live in the next day or so, and PLEASE act on it so that this bad, developer-focussed legislation can be directed to the rubbish bin of history.

The BPN website is located at http://betterplanningnetwork.good.do/ and can also be accessed via e-mail at betterplanningnetwork@gmail.com, and on Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/BetterPlanningNetwork/ and http://twitter.com/bettplannetwork respectively.

Better Planning Network (BPN) Questionnaire

On the reverse side of this month’s ARAG Meeting flier is a questionnaire on behalf of the Better Planning Network.

Established in August 2012, the Better Planning Network Inc. (the BPN) is an affiliation of more than 420 community groups across NSW working together to achieve a NSW planning system that is driven by Ecologically Sustainable Development principles; has community wellbeing at its heart; respects the right of communities to shape local planning and development decisions; protects our environment and heritage; and minimises the risks of corruption associated with planning and development decisions.  The BPN is a volunteer-based, incorporated organisation and is not affiliated with any political party. (This paragraph is from the BPN.)

ARAG, along with other community groups, has been asked to distribute the BPN questionnaire throughout our communities to assist with the fight against the proposed NSW Planning Legislation.

ARAG does not push a view or opinion on the issues that arise – be it in relation to development applications, parking, etc. We aim to provide information and access to information and views through this blog, and through invited speakers at our monthly meetings, so that you, the resident, can make an informed decision that best represents your views and your desired outcomes.

The BPN questionnaire contains a number of questions in relation to the performance of local (state) members of parliament in relation to the proposed NSW Planning legislation, and whether their support or otherwise of this legislation would affect your vote.

As you can see, the questionnaire specifically mentions our state electoral seat of Heffron, and the name of the local member.

This is not a request or solicitation of your voting intentions by ARAG.

It is a request by BPN that will assist them in targeting government members of parliament and members of minor parties in their effort to achieve a better planning outcome for NSW.

ARAG apologises if this questionnaire has caused offence or confusion.