Come and Meet the Federal Candidates for Sydney – Wednesday 10/4

As we did for the State election, ARAG, REDWatch and Friends of Erskineville are holding a Federal election candidates forum for the seat of Sydney:

  • Wednesday, 10 April, from 7pm to 8pm
  • Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

We will ask candidates to begin by answering three questions, and then go to questions from the floor.

We have confirmed attendance from:

  • Aaron Hammond (Science Party)
  • Tanya Plibersek (ALP) and
  • Matt Thompson (Greens).

Normally, we’d discuss our potential questions at the ARAG meeting prior to the forum. In this case, we couldn’t do that because the meeting prior was the State candidates forum.

Therefore, please either:
– email with your top issue(s), or
– complete this short survey

Please respond by Sunday March 31st and we’ll try to pick the three biggest issues.

Also, don’t forget that Sunday the 31st of March is Alexandria Sunday Funday, from 11 to 3 at Alexandria Park:

ARAG will have a stand. So will Friends of Erskineville.

It’s going to be fabulous.


Meet the State Candidates – Wednesday 13/3

The Heffron Meet the Candidates forum is this Wednesday, 13 March, from 7pm to 8pm, at Alexandria Town Hall – 73 Garden St, Alexandria.

The forum is being jointly hosed by ARAG, REDWatch and FoE.

We have had acceptances from:

  • Chris Ryan (Keep Sydney Open)
  • Kym Chapple (The Greens)
  • Michael Dello-Iacovo (Animal Justice Party)

We have had apologies from:

  • Alexander Andruska (Liberal)
  • Ron Hoenig (Labor)

Candidates have been asked to introduce themselves, and speak to three questions, after which we will have questions from the floor.

The 3 questions are:

  1. Waterloo Master Plan and Social Housing Renewal
    What is your party’s position on the re-development of the Waterloo Estate and how will you increase and guarantee the quantity of affordable and social housing provided (including Aboriginal housing) to meet the needs of the community?
  2. Planning
    Will you make fundamental changes to the current planning system to re-empower local Councils and communities with a say in development, remove the State Significant Development provisions and ensure that the implementation of adequate infrastructure (schools, hospitals and public transport) keeps pace with the growing population?
  3. Transport and Roads
    What is your party’s plan to solve the issues we are facing as a result of the following:

    • Redfern and Erskineville Stations being over capacity and lacking in accessibility
    • The Metro not having a station in Alexandria and ripping up the existing heavy rail line from Sydenham to Bankstown
    • WestConnex – bringing over 60,000 extra cars a day onto our already congested streets
    • The privatisation of many bus services which has led to a decrease in service?


City of Sydney Public Meeting at Alexandria Town Hall – Waterloo Development

The City of Sydney are holding a public meeting on the NSW Government’s plans for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Housing Estate and the Waterloo Metro Development.

The meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at Alexandria Town Hall, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Below is the text of a letter Continue reading

ARAG Meeting this Wednesday – Waterloo Towers

Waterloo is about to be redeveloped. Past proposals have included up six towers of between 33 and 40 storeys plus another 11 towers of between 16 and 32 storeys.

Come along and find out more about the latest round of proposals:

7pm Wednesday, 13 Feb,
Alexandria Town Hall,
73 Garden St, Alexandria.

Metro plans on exhibition – until Wednesday

Plans for the Waterloo Metro Quarter Precinct and the Waterloo Metro Quarter Over Station Development are both open for comment until Wednesday, 30th Jan:

It’s OK to make the same submission at both websites – although they are two parts of the same project, they each have their own separate review process.

Your submission doesn’t need to be long and detailed. It does need to be lodged by Wednesday. Continue reading

Christmas Meeting, this Wednesday – Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050

Our final meeting for this year is this Wednesday, the 12th of December.

The meeting will be at the usual time and place: 7:00pm, Alexandria Town Hall, 73 Garden St.

We’re lucky enough to have council in attendance, talking about the City’s Community Strategic Plan, Sydney 2050, and how we can have input into it.

Unless some urgent issue comes out of the woodwork, this will be our last meeting until February.

Meeting *6pm* this Wednesday: Council’s plan to protect our streets from WestConnex rat runners

Instead of the usual format, this month’s meeting will be devoted to Council’s plan to protect our neighbourhood from future WestConnex traffic.

Please note: the meeting will start at 6pm!

You may remember that Council presented us with several options in April/May, including full and partial road closures,traffic lights, turn restrictions, slow points and continuous footpath treatments.

They have received and analysed more than 700 submissions and produced a plan that tries to balance everything everyone wants.

Come along to find out what is proposed.

Following the presentation, ARAG will discuss the plan.

The meeting will be held at Alexandria Town Hall, as usual. Again, please note, it will start at 6pm.