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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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Why WestConnex and proposed MetroLink for Bankstown lines are big mistakes! No transparency, not going to fulfill promises of reducing traffic congestion, or, carry more people to where they want to go. Budget blow outs. Safety concerns. Fewer jobs. 12 months without a railway. Who benefits? Developers.
Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Janice Hall Canterbury Greens, David Shoebridge MLC, Jim Casey Greens Candidate for Grayndler, Brent Heber Greens Candidate Barton, Katherine Calman Community Speaker WestConnex, Alex Claassons Bus & Train Union were giving us vital information and arguing for a whole of Sydney solution. A solution that is transparent, costed, sustainable and in the community interest, not developers. Green supporters were not the only ones impressed. People are disappointed with their current political representatives.

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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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Cr Linda Eisler, Canterbury Greens and President of Canterbury Earlwood Caring Assoc (CECAL) Janice Hall, and Aboriginal elder Aunty Viv were at Cecal’s Refugee week celebrations. Canterbury Girls HS did the best rendition (with drums) that Cr Eisler has ever heard. Horizon Theatre’s video prompted Cr Eisler to do an impromptu speech on how hard it would be to leave your country, family and friends, when she would find it too difficult to even move interstate, or, suburb. She asked those there to imagine the move for themselves. Some of the refugees attending thanked her for her speech and found it a powerful comparison.

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The Nepalese Community were very welcoming to Councillor Eisler today. They were celebrating International Day of Yoga. It was a privilege to be a part of the day.
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