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Linda Eisler was a Greens Councillor on Canterbury Council from 2008 till 2017. She did not become part of the amalgamated council’s advisory panels, as she believes the community has not been adequately consulted on the amalgamation. However, she has continued to represent the community with the new administration and has liaised successfully.

She has always demonstrated honesty and has been outspoken in her representation of residents and community groups. She is reliable and fearless in her commitment to her constituents.


While on council she has consulted widely from her participation in a large number of working groups like disability, multicultural, floodplains management. She established the Environment and Sustainability Working Group. Amongst her achievements was the establishment of a regional energy study; developing the Interfaith Talks; chairing the GreenWay.
Linda believes that the community needs to understand and have a say in what Canterbury-Bankstown looks like and how it develops in the future. Greenspace and public facilities like schools and good public transport are vital to a healthy community. So is reasonable and sustainable development.

You can help re-elect Linda by supporting her campaign:

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We watched a 1967 video where women in pumps, dresses and beads, and men, carried babies up Nanny Goat Hill in Wolli Creek to save it from being destroyed. The mayor at the time called them irritants.

Nanny Goat Hill is still here today and is an enjoyable climb. The top offers a great view of the city. We are so fortunate that those Earlwood residents were happy to be irritants, otherwise the hill would have become part of the airport runway.

Mehreen spoke of the loss in Newcastle of part of the railway. Here in Sydney we have to be aware of what the Baird State Government want to do with the Bankstown-Sydneham line.
It sounds good, but the problems are in the detail. Will it run every 4 minutes ALL day? What affect will privatisation have? There won’t be enough seats so how will the elderly and disabled cope? Driverless – jobless. This is not an extra line, the existing line will be out of action for at least a year.

Canterbury Greens will be holding a forum 13th December, 2-4pm, Canterbury Bowling Club, Close St Canterbury.

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Cooks River Day Out at Gough Whitlam Park Earlwood. What a fabulous day! All the important environmental groups were there from CRVA; Mudcrabs; Wolli Creek Preservation Society; Cooks River Alliance. Taronga Zoo; Travel Bugs; Support for Container Deposit Legislation groups were there too. Also the Titans were there in support providing a fabulous bbq! Cr Eisler’s favourite was the echidna.

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Last night I joined the Wolli Preservation Society on one of their counts. I was fortunate, as they had enough counters I went to the bat camp and sat waiting for dusk to fall when the bats would take

flight. Imagine sitting in the bush alone as dusk falls, but you are not in the bush. You are minutes away from a railway and homes in the

centre of Sydney. It was truly magic! After a week of doing politics I felt rejuvenated.

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“You can create and recreate, even relocate a tunnel or roadway, but not something that’s taken since the beginning of time to form.” From the speech I made last night on WestConnex. The motion was passed!

In May 2012 we expressed concern over what effect the M5E might have on the Wolli. And asked that the Government destroy it ‘in an environmentally friendly manner’.

Since then Marrickville Council in February 2013, which is NOT a Greens dominated Council, passed a resolution seeking to protect Wolli Creek, as well as its own Tempe Wetlands from WestConnex.

No matter what doubts we had in the past that the impact on Wolli may not be as bad as we thought must have been dispelled by now. Secrecy continues to surround the project and will continue till after the State election. We are still relying on 2009 route proposals re the Wolli Valley.

If you have walked the Wolli, or even seen the aerial photos, you will know the value of that precious asset to the whole inner SW of Sydney.

What will be destroyed is part of the 4.5km Wolli Track. That is significant in itself. It is the start of the Two Valley Trail, which is Canterbury’s longest walking trail and covers both the Cooks River and the Wolli Valley. It is a 13km bush walk well known throughout the greater Sydney area (and beyond); popular with bushwalking groups/clubs, locals and school groups.

The area that will face destruction has 11% of it identified as priority bushland.

There are over 1500 trees that the tree preservation officer of Canterbury Council would not support for removal.

It is geologically unusual in that it transitions between shale and sandstone landforms and geology, giving rise to a diverse range of vegetation types eg Coachwood, Water Gum, and Lilly Pilly trees, the later being listed as Endangered under NSW legislation and Vulnerable under Federal).

And the list goes on:

The only Scribbly Gum tree that exists in the Wolli as well as the only Bearded Orchid species.

It contains extensive areas of native orchids.

Native animals; striking moss and lichen; natural creek banks; sandstone ledges and overhangs, boulders and outcrops.

It also has European archaeological sites dating from the 1930’s.

However, most important of all, it is something we can never recreate. You can create and recreate, even relocate a tunnel or roadway, but not something that’s taken since the beginning of time to form.

So, on behalf of future Canterbury families, I ask you to support the motion.

WestConnex Wolli Creek Supporters Celebrate at Council

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