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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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Save our Valley covers Bardwell Park, Earlwood and Turrella.
 
They had 5 questions for Candidates at the Local Government elections on September 9. These are the answers given by Linda Eisler, Greens Canterbury Ward candidate in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Election.
 
Please answer the following five questions. The questions are constructed to enable you to provide a Yes or No answer but leave space for any qualifications you may want to provide. Delete NO if your answer is YES and vice-versa and type in any comment. Please return the document by email to saveourvalleyinfo@gmail.com by Wed 6 September.
 
• : Do you think that being declared a Priority Precinct is a positive for the suburbs of Bardwell, Earlwood, Turrella? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. None of the Priority Precincts are positive. I don’t believe they are well thought out in terms of providing the necessary infrastructure like schools, green space, community facilities, hospitals, aged care, public transport and so on. The planning departments seem to be just putting down circles and saying to developers: Go for it.
You can have development, but it needs considered planning so that people have livable, sustainable cities. It does appear that these precincts are political. These aren’t Liberal areas.
 
• Would you be supporting rezoning of properties in the ‘blue zones’ identified by the Dept of Planning and Environment? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. Planning by zones or circles is not the way to go because it doesn’t take consideration of the topography or any other impacting factors. There needs to be a wide setback from the river for environmental and social reasons. There appears to be no understanding of the social or environmental implications of what they are zoning. They need to consult with locals who live there and understand their area. Wolli Creek Preservation Society for instance!
 
• Do you think that owners of properties outside the blue zones should be compensated for the relative loss of value of their properties? YES NO Comment/Qualification
Not at this stage. We need to be rejecting the blue zones and stating there needs to be a realistic look at the plans before considering accepting plans and talking of adequate compensation. Once satisfied with the plans we can look at who is impacted and discuss adequate compensation then.
• Are you confident that the long-term jobs created by re-development will exceed those lost from the local area by the loss of the Turrella industrial area? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. What has been offered? How will it be created? Will the State Government actively create long-term jobs, or, leave it to market forces?
 
• Do you accept the contention by DoPE that the cost of additional infrastructure needed as the result of increased population should in part be met by Council ratepayers? YES NO Comment/Qualification
 
Definitely not! Councils don’t have the funds to meet the needs of existing residents. This is the State Government’s Plans. The whole point of priority precincts is that they put in the money to make the plans work. That’s meant to be the plus! They support the infrastructure.
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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:

Phone her on: 0400426424

Email her canterbury-bankstown@nsw.greens.org.au

Follow her on Facebook LindaEislerCanterburyGreens

 

 

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BY-ELECTION for state seat of Canterbury – NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN

Nominations are now open for preselection as the Greens candidate for the state electorate of Canterbury, following the transfer of state MP Linda Burney to the federal parliament.

Nominations will CLOSE on Friday 9 September and the preselection conducted at the Canterbury Greens meeting which starts at 6.30pm on Wednesday 14 September 2016 at Club Belmore, 427 Burwood Road, Belmore.

To nominate, please email me beforehand. If you are keen to nominate, but are unable to attend the meeting, please inform me of this.

Candidates will be given five minutes to address the meeting and the opportunity to distribute there a single-sided A4 page as well.

For more information about the role or the process on the night, email me or call on 0414 876641.

Regards

Barbara Bloch (bbloch@optusnet.com.au)

Greens for Canterbury Returning Officer

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A resident wrote to ex-Councillor Linda Eisler with questions regarding the amalgamation. this is how she replied:
There will not be a mayor or councillors until September 2017.
 
The Boundary Review has not reported its findings. Why it was held I don’t know. I suspect to pretend to have listened to the community and to be adhering to some sort of democratic process.
 
Similarly councillors were asked to fill in an EOI (expression of interest). I refused to apply for my job. I said that I was elected and residents had given me the job not the Baird Liberal Government. Also I would not support amalgamation as the residents had been clear that they did NOT want amalgamation, ESPECIALLY not with Bankstown. Who in fact had been told they could stand alone. Another issue being the consequent size of the council, 350k and growing rapidly. Around us amalgamations were the size of Canterbury (150k).
 
After submitting my EOI I expected to be sacked. I did not expect all the others to be sacked. I’m certain they ALL submitted EOI’s saying they wanted to work for an amalgamated council. I was surprised.
 
I was then astonished when the Administrator asked if I would consider being on the Advisory Committee. No, apparently he has not seen the EOI’s!!!! Why did we fill them in?
 
I spoke to him the same day, last Thursday, a reporter rang who told me about an Extraordinary Meeting the next Tuesday. Why hadn’t the Administrator told me? Why couldn’t the Council tell the ex-Councillors about the meeting. They still forward emails and give us other information . Why was it only on the website the day before the meeting? Why did the open session run for only 12 minutes and with no questions from the community?
 
I am still waiting for Terms of Reference for the Advisory Committee a week later. I don’t expect them and I don’t expect the Administrator is really waiting for my answer.
 
As far as I am concerned the whole process is a sham. The Baird Liberal Government is, in my opinion, pretending to understand and adhere to the democratic process of government.
 
Their reasons? Most probably to get rid of pains in the necks like me.
 
What can you do? Let them know what you think.
 
VOTE GREEN.
 
Help us in our campaign. Watson is the up coming election and we need help.
 
Thanks for writing.

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