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It was a tough struggle with attempts to undermine Linda’s support base in the old East Ward.

Not only did the Our Local Community appear to be an alternative choice to The Greens’ policies in the old East Ward suburbs, but an unscrupulous campaign to undermine her well deserved reputation for integrity, honesty and transparency was carried out. A leaflet was sent out two days before the election claiming she supported high rise development. Three examples of support for medium rise development were cited, ignoring 7.5 years evidence of fighting the good fight. It was a fake leaflet in all senses of the word, including a fake author, fake address, fake printer, and no phone number. A protest has been lodged with the Electoral Commission.

Fortunately, Linda’s good work survived these attacks and actually galvanised communities to rally around Linda.

Linda has said that she would like to see communities organise themselves like Ashbury and Hurlstone Park as examples of community associations which inform their Facebook readers of upcoming issues like potential rezoning, Sydenham to Bankstown rail changes. Hurlstone Park also email members with information and get togethers.

When on council Linda established links with groups like Wolli Creek Preservation Society, Cooks River Valley Association and Canterbury Bowling Club. She could then alert them to issues coming before council, and they could contact her with issues. The Association was able to activate members much quicker than Linda could.

Linda believes the best way to empower communities is to establish local networks within communities based on suburbs, the old telephone tree concept. Once there are networks established we can begin to develop links between communities, like the Bankstown-Sydenham Alliance fighting the Metro.

Linda would also like to see Canterbury ward residents get involved with Canterbury Greens:

Local Group Meetings:

Club Belmore
427 Burwood Rd
Belmore

6:30pm every second Wednesday of the month

Bankstown residents should contact Bankstown Greens

Adam Tran
0403 805 493
convenor@bankstown.nsw.greens.org.au
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Saturday 28 February
 
7pm at Mancini’s Italian Restaurant & Woodfired Pizza
 
 
21 Burwood Road, Belfield; plenty of parking at the rear of the restaurant


Greens State Election Campaign Launch

Please join us for our State election campaign launch!

Join your local Greens members and Greens MP Dr Mehreen Faruqi for a night of Italian food, good conversation, and meet our candidates: Councillor Linda Eisler and Chris Garvin.

Please RSVP by emailing bbloch@optusnet.com.au with “RSVP” in the subject heading, by Tuesday 24th February as places are limited, and pass along to friends and family who may want to join us.

Dinner is a set menu and includes green salad and garlic/cheese pizza for entrée, then a selection of four pizzas for mains followed by tea and coffee. Price is $35 each, which includes a small donation to the campaign. Please simply make payment on the night. We will accept additional donations also, to go directly towards the campaign.

We look forward to launching our State Election campaign with you.

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Canterbury Community Club are holding a meeting on Sunday 30th November, 4:30pm at:

Canterbury Bowling Club
15 Close St
Canterbury

They will be discussing Canterbury Council’s plans for the Bowling Club. Submissions close 5th December, 2014.

All welcome.

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Linda Eisler, Candidate for Canterbury

I have been a Greens Councillor on Canterbury Council for 6 years and prior to that I was a Public School teacher for 20 years.  These roles have increased my awareness of the need for good communication with residents and for transparency and honesty in government.

Local environmental groups have always found me at the forefront, helping them access information; being a spokesperson; and assisting their discussions with relevant people. Whether it is alerting to a rezoning that might affect Wolli; meeting with the General Manager regarding a community building; preventing a public path being privatised;  as Chair of the GreenWay, being interviewed for Radio National; or putting a motion on the WestConnex to Council, I have been there campaigning in my role as a politician.

Encouraging Southern Sydney Region of Councils to fund a Renewable Energy Scoping Study, carried out by UTS, was one of the big wins in my career. It is something that is continuing to be developed. It will have a positive effect on Councils in the Inner West, and residents, in carbon reduction and moving to renewables.

However, it is working with the diverse community of Canterbury, whether it is attending their functions, or, sponsoring one, as I did with a Vietnamese children’s sporting group, where the single mothers were celebrated, that I find myself most at home. I really enjoy participating in the community and helping establish greater harmony. Through the Multicultural Committee, I helped create the Interfaith Committee which is working to foster harmony through understanding. Together we wrote a statement of common values for Canterbury: harmony and cooperation; mutual respect; actively working together; building trust and hope.

I really enjoy talking to residents about their issues, whether it is a problem with traffic or rubbish. Being able to get them the help or information they need is important to developing a sense of empowerment. Negotiating the bureaucracy can be overwhelming.

Although I am the only Green on Council I have been able to make change. Some of my achievements include funding for Community Gardens; community forums for Ewen Park Community Centre and the Aquatic Centres; objection to WestConnex; support for GreenWay.

I want to take the skills I have developed to State Government. The Greens’ policies are my guide. Grassroots Democracy; Ecological Sustainability; Social Equality and Economic Justice; Peace, Non Violence and Disarmament are the cornerstones of The Greens.

Honest and open communication with residents; ensuring all are cared for; a green, safe and sustainable environment. That is the philosophy which directs all of my actions.

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