Posts Tagged ‘GreenWay’

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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The GreenWay Off Road

That Canterbury Council:

  1. Write to the NSW Minister of Transport:
    a. To emphasise that the on-road option for the GreenWay currently being considered in the Cooks River to White Bay cycle way study is not acceptable because:
    i. We already have an on road alternative currently being marked out
    ii. It is not suitable or safe for children and many less confident adult cyclists
    iii. It will not encourage more people to walk or cycle
    iv. The four GreenWay Councils and the GreenWay Steering Committee are committed to an off road shared walking and cycling path
    b. To formally request to the Minister for Transport a copy of the plans for the GreenWay that were drawn up as part of the Inner West Light Rail planning process to enable the GreenWay Councils to undertake an independent costing of the planned GreenWay trail. This will enable the GreenWay Councils to participate in future discussions on the GreenWay trail in an informed manner and develop other funding and resourcing models.
  2. That Canterbury Council, together with the other Greenway Councils, (Ashfield, Marrickville and Leichhardt), ensure that in negotiations with Transport for NSW over the Biodiversity Compensation package that the priority is on achieving the best possible outcome for the GreenWay Biodiversity Corridor with the offset sites for the Biodiversity Compensation Package being preferably located within the rail corridor in consideration of the GreenWay Revegetation and Bushcare Plan rather than on council owned land. The conditions of approval require that the bush care sites are maintained ‘in perpetuity’.

Moved: Cr Linda Eisler

Background: At the Greenway Steering Committee Meeting on Monday 11 February 2013 held at Ashfield Council it was agreed that in order to progress the resolutions adopted by the Steering Committee urgently the Councillors from the 4 Greenway Councils would bring the resolutions to their individual councils for adoption.

Background Part 1a :

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) has recently developed a Cooks River to White Bay cycleway study (covering much of the route of Greenway). The study is currently with the Minister for consideration. The study includes an on-road cycleway option which, in fact, is the current default situation and is far from acceptable to the 4 Greenway Councils as it does not meet the key objective of providing a safer off road shared walking and cycle path along the corridor which is needed to encourage more people to walk and cycle.

Background Part 1b:

Detailed plans were developed by Transport for NSW for the Greenway which were discussed with staff and members of the Steering Committee on a number of occasions before the funding was removed. The Councils are requested to seek to obtain a copy of these plans from Transport for NSW to enable the Greenway Steering Committee to undertake independent costing of the Greenway trail and develop alternative funding and resourcing proposals to build the Greenway

Background Part 2:

The Biodiversity Compensation package which is part of the conditions of approval,  involves the establishment of an area of bush care that is equivalent to the area of clearing for the light rail stops. This is approximately 1.1ha of land.

The Greenway Steering Committee puts a strong preference on these sites being within the rail corridor and hence best meeting the objectives of the Greenway Revegetation and Bushcare Plan as well as requiring that TfNSW meet the “in perpetuity” conditions of the approval rather than the 4 councils. 

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From the Canterbury Bankstown Express

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GreenWay Trail

Please note that this motion was initially submitted by Councillor Eisler but due to illness could not be initially followed through. Accordingly, Councillors Robson and Kebbe followed through on these motions on Councillor Eisler’s behalf.

Min. No. 171 RESOLVED (Councillors Robson/Kebbe on behalf of Eisler)

THAT a report be presented on the possible GreenWay Trail options around Wardell Road, Earlwood, including the costs involved and possible sources of funding.

FILE NO: C-123-6 PT3, E-37-1

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