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Climate Change Urgency Motion

Councillor Linda Eisler was able to get a unanimous vote at Canterbury Bankstown Council meeting to support a Climate Change Emergency and the 20th September 2019 rally.

The Express wrote:

Canterbury Bankstown will support climate change strike in Sydney

Canterbury Bankstown Council is backing next month’s global climate change rally, with a councillor revealing why she ‘was surprised to see it being passed unanimously’.

Lawrence Machado, Canterbury-Bankstown Express
Subscriber only
August 30, 2019 4:01pm

Thousands of students turned out to support a climate change rally in March in Sydney. Canterbury Bankstown Council is backing the next global climate strike on September 20. Picture: Britta Campion
Thousands of students turned out to support a climate change rally in March in Sydney.

Councillor Linda Eisler was surprised when Canterbury Bankstown Council overwhelmingly backed her call to join the Global Strike for climate change in Sydney on September 20.

The motion, tabled at Tuesday night’s council meeting, urges the federal and state governments to take urgent action on climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Labor-dominated council has five Liberal members, with Ms Eisler being the sole Greens representative.

“When the motion was put out, I asked the councillors twice if there were any objections and there was none,” Cr Eisler told The Express.

“I was surprised to see it being passed unanimously and I thank all the councillors.

“It is an emergency and we have to protect the future for the children.

“Each week as I care for my granddaughter Sophia it becomes more certain the world she will become an adult in will be changing rapidly.

“We need to do everything we can to reduce the destructive impact that climate change will have on our planet.

“We need to leave a healthy planet for our grandchildren.

‘I’m proud that here in Canterbury Bankstown we have the courage to call this what it is, an emergency.

“As a retired teacher I am very pleased to see young people finding their confidence and being unafraid to voice their opinion.

“They see their future is at stake and they are reaching out to us to initiate change.”

Schoolchildren and adults have attended previous climate change rallies in Sydney in their thousands, including a group called Students Strike 4 Climate.

Cr Eisler, whose father George was sent at age 15 to Australia by boat by his Hungarian mum to escape the rising ride of Nazism in 1938, said she has always backed action against climate change.

“This is the first time the council is backing this strike.”

She will be attending the climate emergency rally on Friday, September 20, at the Domain and is encouraging others to attend.

The council will write to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, the federal and state members for Canterbury Bankstown, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean and federal Environment Minister Susan Ley to take action on climate change.

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Climate Change Emergency

Councillor Linda Eisler was able to get a unanimous vote at Canterbury Bankstown Council meeting to support a Climate Change Emergency and the 20th September 2019 rally.

The Torch published an article on the motion.

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Media Release: Barbara Bloch and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon Launch Greens Campaign for Watson

Barbara Bloch, Greens’ candidate for Watson in the upcoming Federal Election, launched her campaign in Punchbowl before a large and enthusiastic group of supporters.  Dr Bloch is a long- time resident in the area and has been a political activist all her adult life, working around social justice issues. She has worked with migrants and refugees in the school and TAFE sectors as well as teaching in the Communications degree at UTS.

The Watson campaign will focus on three issues – Affordable Housing, Education and Sustainable Development.

The Greens have long supported an end to negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions. “Affordable housing is a right for all Australians.  These tax concessions and rebates have overwhelmingly benefited the rich, not those just trying to buy a home, and certainly not those who need to rent” Dr Bloch explained.

Dr Bloch and the Greens support the funding of schools on a needs basis as the Gonski Review recommended.  “Every child deserves the right to a quality public education” she said. Dr Bloch also called for the funding of TAFE to be reinstated. “The Greens are committed to prioritising budget spending on a well-funded quality public TAFE system to meet Australia’s future skills training needs”.  TAFE can provide the education for the jobs of the future” she said.

Sustainable housing development is another issue Dr Bloch will campaign strongly for.  “We need livable cities.  Suburbs and neighbourhoods where people can work and play.  Cities where public transport gets people out of gridlock and to where they need to be.”  Dr Bloch was strongly critical of the Sydenham to Bankstown urban renewal plan and the Westconnex Motorway conglomerate.

“100,000 extra people are being dumped here without any planning for schools, hospitals and parks.  The only plan is a privatised South Western metro train that will close the Bankstown train line for up to three years. Commuters will be forced to stand for their journey. Why replace the Bankstown line? The people of Watson deserve better.”

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon strongly endorsed this outstanding candidate.  “I have known Barbara for many years and she has worked tirelessly in the cause of social justice and equality”.  Senator Rhiannon also stressed the need for action on climate change, saying: ‘We value our clean air, clean water and fresh, local food. We value a safe climate, and we want to pass a safe Australia on to our children and their children.

“But climate change puts this all at risk. We know what the impacts will be in Australia. Already, we are seeing extreme summer heat, breaking record after record. If we do nothing, we know to expect worse droughts, floods and heat waves.

“That’s why we’re working with people to take the power back from the big end of town and the government that delivers for them – so that together we can build an Australia we can be proud to pass on. The Greens have a fully costed plan for transitioning towards 100% renewable energy by 2030, and away from reliance on coal-fired power”

Canterbury Greens Councilor Linda Eisler chaired the meeting and lent her support.




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CANTERBURY Greens councillor Linda Eisler has slammed the State Government’s “undemocratic attempt” to force councillors to reapply for their jobs, despite no decision made on merger proposals yet.

Cr Eisler said she would not support the government’s latest move while the results of the boundary review process were still being finalised.

“No one expected the Baird Government to take this unexpected and highly contentious approach during a period of great division and tension, while awaiting the outcome,” she said.

Canterbury Mayor Brian Robson said he would continue to serve until his term ended.

“I’m disappointed the Government has asked me if I will serve my community. But I’m not running away from it,” he said.

On the expression of interest form, councillors are given the choice of positions including administrator, councillor, member of local representation committee, or member of implementation advisory group.

by Cindy Ngo
The Express, Tuesday 5, 2016, p3

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Boundary changes for Amalgamations close on 28th February.
Closing date for attending/speaking at Public Meetings on 2nd February close on 29th January. You need to register to attend and or speak.

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