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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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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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The Greens are great at supporting women in politics. Canterbury Greens were proud to support Barbara Bloch as our candidate for Watson in the coming Federal election. We all hope Senator Lee Rhiannon will be reelected and continue her excellent work.

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Councillor Linda Eisler said NO to Mike Baird. She refused to sign his EOI and beg for a job that was not his to give. Residents of East Ward elected her to be there until September 2016.
There have been no accusations of corruption or mismanagement. So why was she, and so many other elected councillors in NSW, been asked to apply for their jobs?
Why are they being asked to support amalgamation when the Boundary Review Commission has not yet presented its report?
When the community has made it clear they do NOT want to be amalgamated?
Tell Mike Baird what you think of his attempts to FORCE amalgamations on councillors and their communities.

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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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