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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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What a fascinating discussion. Greek Orthodox Easter and Church of England Easter. Differences and similarities. This was part of Canterbury Council’s Interfaith Committee, which I initiated, activities. The philosophical discussion was excellent.
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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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Save The Sheik

From the Canterbury Bankstown Express:

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