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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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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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Mehreen Faruqui, Greens' MLA joined Canterbury Greens at Wiley Park on Sunday to launch Linda Eisler for Canterbury and Chris Garvin for Lakemba candidates for the State election in March 2014. Notice the wonderful food! Everyone enjoyed themselves 16 nov 2014 cant picnic plus 019 16 nov 2014 cant picnic plus 022 16 nov 2014 cant picnic plus 035 16 nov 2014 cant picnic plus 063spite of having to chase posters. The wind was noticeable.

Mehreen Faruqui, Greens’ MLA joined Canterbury Greens at Wiley Park on Sunday to launch Linda Eisler for Canterbury and Chris Garvin for Lakemba candidates for the State election in March 2015. Notice the wonderful food! Everyone enjoyed themselves 16 nov 2014 inspite of having to chase posters. The wind was noticeable.

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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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50/14   WESTCONNEX, 25TH SEPTEMBER, 2014 FILE NO:       C-123-6 PT4, W-25-7 Min. No. 357   RESOLVED  (Councillors Eisler/Paschalidis-Chilas) THAT Council

  1. Joins Marrickville Council in formally opposing the WestConnex motorway and widening of the M5 East and any other motorway proposal that will have negative impacts on the Wolli Creek Valley’s bushland or Tempe Wetlands, and
  2. Requests the General Manager to write to the State Government asking them to commit to the preservation of the Wolli Creek Valley’s bushland and Tempe Wetlands and to ensure that no roads, or construction of roads, impinge upon these areas.

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