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After being advised that the new Canterbury Bankstown Council will implement an Environment and Sustainability Committee I decided to talk to a manager about how it might work.

I was really impressed by some of the activities the former Bankstown Council has been carrying out. Canterbury Council was doing some similar activities but there are differences between what the two were doing.

Firstly we discussed the Litter Prevention Program. It started when the team wanted to know what they needed to do to change people’s behaviour. They decided to target the river areas where people regularly went and where there was significant amounts of litter. They asked people they saw littering whether they felt responsible for the litter. The majority did. A number believed that Council was also responsible. This led to a change of bins, and “The Pledge” where people made a commitment not to litter.

Different types of bins were trialled for a year. People won’t use bins that aren’t easy to use, are overfilled, or that are dirty to touch. Every summer staff would target popular areas of high litter count and ask people to put rubbish in the bin, then take a pledge to not litter. Photos were taken and displayed.

After 4 years the scheme was evaluated and, as a result, expanded.

Next to be targeted were spots where takeaway food packaging was dumped. Many people didn’t think what they were doing was littering. There was a trial of flashing signs in some key areas, such as parks: two weeks of “Do the Right Thing”;  one week of “Fines for Littering Apply”. Surveillance teams operated at different times and on different days, including Sundays, for a number of weeks.

Town centres were targetted next with similar programs. All three programs have had a positive impact in reducing litter.

Meanwhile a project initiated by the former Canterbury Council has received a NSW Excellence in the Environment Award for a new recycling initiative program. The construction of new apartments generates a lot of packaging and material that is thrown out. Bays were made available to store the unwanted materials and extra collections were organised as needed.

Canterbury Bankstown Council will set up a Program for City Resilience within the context of one for the whole of Sydney. City resilience is about anticipating the inevitable events that cause disruption and then developing strategies to reduce their impacts to the greatest extent possible.

The Council also has a focus on energy, combining the “Our Energy Future” program with the “Our Solar Future” program.

Finally we discussed natural resources. Work is being done on catchments and biodiversity with: ibis plan, rabbit control, habitat boxes, National Tree Day, and backyard biodiversity.

I still think that the merger of the two councils has led to a municipality that is way too big, but in regard to environmental and sustainability issues, I am excited about combining Canterbury’s activities and knowledgeable staff with Bankstown’s. I’m hopeful the new committee will have plenty to do to assist and support working to improve the sustainability of our environment in Canterbury-Bankstown and beyond.

Cr Linda Eisler

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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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Save our Valley covers Bardwell Park, Earlwood and Turrella.
 
They had 5 questions for Candidates at the Local Government elections on September 9. These are the answers given by Linda Eisler, Greens Canterbury Ward candidate in the Canterbury-Bankstown Local Government Election.
 
Please answer the following five questions. The questions are constructed to enable you to provide a Yes or No answer but leave space for any qualifications you may want to provide. Delete NO if your answer is YES and vice-versa and type in any comment. Please return the document by email to saveourvalleyinfo@gmail.com by Wed 6 September.
 
• : Do you think that being declared a Priority Precinct is a positive for the suburbs of Bardwell, Earlwood, Turrella? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. None of the Priority Precincts are positive. I don’t believe they are well thought out in terms of providing the necessary infrastructure like schools, green space, community facilities, hospitals, aged care, public transport and so on. The planning departments seem to be just putting down circles and saying to developers: Go for it.
You can have development, but it needs considered planning so that people have livable, sustainable cities. It does appear that these precincts are political. These aren’t Liberal areas.
 
• Would you be supporting rezoning of properties in the ‘blue zones’ identified by the Dept of Planning and Environment? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. Planning by zones or circles is not the way to go because it doesn’t take consideration of the topography or any other impacting factors. There needs to be a wide setback from the river for environmental and social reasons. There appears to be no understanding of the social or environmental implications of what they are zoning. They need to consult with locals who live there and understand their area. Wolli Creek Preservation Society for instance!
 
• Do you think that owners of properties outside the blue zones should be compensated for the relative loss of value of their properties? YES NO Comment/Qualification
Not at this stage. We need to be rejecting the blue zones and stating there needs to be a realistic look at the plans before considering accepting plans and talking of adequate compensation. Once satisfied with the plans we can look at who is impacted and discuss adequate compensation then.
• Are you confident that the long-term jobs created by re-development will exceed those lost from the local area by the loss of the Turrella industrial area? YES NO Comment/Qualification
No. What has been offered? How will it be created? Will the State Government actively create long-term jobs, or, leave it to market forces?
 
• Do you accept the contention by DoPE that the cost of additional infrastructure needed as the result of increased population should in part be met by Council ratepayers? YES NO Comment/Qualification
 
Definitely not! Councils don’t have the funds to meet the needs of existing residents. This is the State Government’s Plans. The whole point of priority precincts is that they put in the money to make the plans work. That’s meant to be the plus! They support the infrastructure.
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Senator Lee Rhiannon joined Canterbury Candidate Linda Eisler and supporter Judy at Ashbury Public School Fete. The children’s performances demonstrate what a dedicated staff and parent body they have. Linda has visited Ashbury PS a number of times over her seven years as a Canterbury Council Councillor and always been impressed by the quality of education at Ashbury. Lee and Linda met an ex-student of 20 years that had driven 2 hours to attend.

However, Ashbury is facing overdevelopment threats. As a councillor, Linda has been working with the community on these issues for a number of years. She has met with residents and attended community meetings over concerns to rezone the Chubb and Tyres 4U site, 149-171 Milton St. It is currently zoned light industrial, but there is concern that it will be rezoned to high-rise residential.

This part of Ashbury is nearly 2km from the nearest train station. The bus system is inadequate. The schools are at capacity. Traffic is already busy. Local employment barely exists.

The city of Canterbury has already faced overdevelopment and the Priority Precincts want to push development beyond the extreme. Now another development in an unsuitable area is being attempted.

Ashbury is a vibrant heritage area. The fete was once again an enormous success because community support exists. There was a really joyous atmosphere at the fete.

We need workplaces as well as living spaces. Canterbury has already borne a significant amount of new development. The State Government is not taking that f. It is not providing the new schools needed. It is talking about pulling down schools and building multi-story schools with no extra play area. There is no discussion of improving the hospitals, community facilities, aged care, and public transport.

Linda Eisler will oppose rezoning of the site for high-rise accommodation on this site and any site in Ashbury.

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Linda Eisler was a Greens Councillor on Canterbury Council from 2008 till 2017. She did not become part of the amalgamated council’s advisory panels, as she believes the community has not been adequately consulted on the amalgamation. However, she has continued to represent the community with the new administration and has liaised successfully.

She has always demonstrated honesty and has been outspoken in her representation of residents and community groups. She is reliable and fearless in her commitment to her constituents.

 

While on council she has consulted widely from her participation in a large number of working groups like disability, multicultural, floodplains management. She established the Environment and Sustainability Working Group. Amongst her achievements was the establishment of a regional energy study; developing the Interfaith Talks; chairing the GreenWay.
Linda believes that the community needs to understand and have a say in what Canterbury-Bankstown looks like and how it develops in the future. Greenspace and public facilities like schools and good public transport are vital to a healthy community. So is reasonable and sustainable development.

You can help re-elect Linda by supporting her campaign:

Phone her on: 0400426424

Email her canterbury-bankstown@nsw.greens.org.au

Follow her on Facebook LindaEislerCanterburyGreens

 

 

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