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Media Release: Barbara Bloch and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon Launch Greens Campaign for Watson

Barbara Bloch, Greens’ candidate for Watson in the upcoming Federal Election, launched her campaign in Punchbowl before a large and enthusiastic group of supporters.  Dr Bloch is a long- time resident in the area and has been a political activist all her adult life, working around social justice issues. She has worked with migrants and refugees in the school and TAFE sectors as well as teaching in the Communications degree at UTS.

The Watson campaign will focus on three issues – Affordable Housing, Education and Sustainable Development.

The Greens have long supported an end to negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions. “Affordable housing is a right for all Australians.  These tax concessions and rebates have overwhelmingly benefited the rich, not those just trying to buy a home, and certainly not those who need to rent” Dr Bloch explained.

Dr Bloch and the Greens support the funding of schools on a needs basis as the Gonski Review recommended.  “Every child deserves the right to a quality public education” she said. Dr Bloch also called for the funding of TAFE to be reinstated. “The Greens are committed to prioritising budget spending on a well-funded quality public TAFE system to meet Australia’s future skills training needs”.  TAFE can provide the education for the jobs of the future” she said.

Sustainable housing development is another issue Dr Bloch will campaign strongly for.  “We need livable cities.  Suburbs and neighbourhoods where people can work and play.  Cities where public transport gets people out of gridlock and to where they need to be.”  Dr Bloch was strongly critical of the Sydenham to Bankstown urban renewal plan and the Westconnex Motorway conglomerate.

“100,000 extra people are being dumped here without any planning for schools, hospitals and parks.  The only plan is a privatised South Western metro train that will close the Bankstown train line for up to three years. Commuters will be forced to stand for their journey. Why replace the Bankstown line? The people of Watson deserve better.”

NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon strongly endorsed this outstanding candidate.  “I have known Barbara for many years and she has worked tirelessly in the cause of social justice and equality”.  Senator Rhiannon also stressed the need for action on climate change, saying: ‘We value our clean air, clean water and fresh, local food. We value a safe climate, and we want to pass a safe Australia on to our children and their children.

“But climate change puts this all at risk. We know what the impacts will be in Australia. Already, we are seeing extreme summer heat, breaking record after record. If we do nothing, we know to expect worse droughts, floods and heat waves.

“That’s why we’re working with people to take the power back from the big end of town and the government that delivers for them – so that together we can build an Australia we can be proud to pass on. The Greens have a fully costed plan for transitioning towards 100% renewable energy by 2030, and away from reliance on coal-fired power”

Canterbury Greens Councilor Linda Eisler chaired the meeting and lent her support.





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The State Government has legislation before the Upper House to give them the power to privatise railway lines. They intend to privatise the Sydenham to Bankstown line (with discussion it will go to Liverpool).
The line will be closed for 3 years. Yes, for 3 years commuters will rely on buses and cars to get to work. This will merely add to commuter time and the congestion on our roads. We have a fine railway line, so why destroy it? Why not add railway lines? How about one linking to other Inner West lines?
Read the following article on why your local train station is important to your health.

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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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From the Canterbury Bankstown Express 14th April 2015:

By Chris Georgakopoulous

HIGHRISE apartments will help Canterbury accommodate more than 35,000 people over the next two decades.

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

The council has approved about 50 development applications for highrise apartments for Canterbury town centre and the Canterbury Rd corridor since 2014.

Those developments will mean the council meets its target of an extra 25,000 people by 2031 set out by the Metropolitan Strategy.

But in Padstow, residents are fighting a proposal by Bankstown Council to rezone 30 streets for developments of three to eight storeys.  Some residents say it would destroy the village feel of the suburb.

Greens councillor Linda Eisler said the area needed funding invested into public transport to cope with the population boom.

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

“I believe we need to build more public transport so we can get less cars on the road,” Cr Eisler said.


“I think we need to work with the community on this to make sure there is enough green space as well.

“It’s great to have accommodation but keeping apartments ­affordable is also very important. ”The council and the Roads and Maritime Services need to do a traffic study to ease further congestion on Canterbury Rd.

Canterbury Council general manager Jim Montague said more than 10,000 dwellings were needed to meet targets.


“By 2026 there will be approximately 26,650 more people living in (Canterbury) than in 2011, which implies there will be a need for an additional 10,950 dwellings,” he said.

The targets are based on approved DAs since 2011.

Developers have up to five years to act on a development application after receiving approval.

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Turella Bridge Opening

Cr Linda Eisler attended the opening of the new Turella Bridge which links Rockdale and Canterbury to the park and Turella Station.
Linda Eisler and Janice at Turella Bridge

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