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Twenty Years of Greens on Marrickville Council

Twenty years ago, on the 14th of September 1991, Bruce Welch was elected to Marrickville Council and John Sutton was elected to Newcastle Council. They were the first Greens elected to local government in NSW.

How To Vote 1991

How To Vote Green in 1991

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Bruce’s election, Marrickville and Petersham Newtown Greens have organised a get-together of all eleven Greens elected to Marrickville over that twenty year period.

There will be brief speeches from Bruce Welch, our first Greens Mayor, Sam Byrne, and our current Greens Mayor, Fiona Byrne.

Members are welcome to join us in this modest celebration of our two decades of representation on Marrickville Council.

When: Thursday the 22nd of September 2011
Where: Petersham Town Hall, Crystal Street Petersham
Time: 6.00pm to 8.00pm.

RSVP to Colin Hesse for catering purposes at colinh@nsw.greens.org.au

For more details on the history of the Greens in the inner west (and Colin Hesse’s hair style through the decades) visit http://davidshoebridge.org.au/2011/09/14/greens-celebrate-twenty-years-in-local-government/

Public Meeting on Coal Seam Gas Mining in the Inner West

UPDATE: Meeting a big success with 150 local residents attending and pledging to oppose coal-seam gas drilling in the Inner West and elsewhere.

The meeting will discuss Macquarie Energy’s approved drilling site in Sydney’s metropolitan inner-west suburb of St Peters. Speakers will include Cate Faehrmann MLC and Marrickville Mayor Fiona Byrne.

Monday, December 6 · 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Petersham Town Hall
107 Crystal Street


Unknown to Sydney residents,  Apollo Gas, via a subsidiary, Macquarie Energy, was granted a petroleum exploration licence by the NSW government  in October 2008, allowing it to prospect across the Sydney region.

This licence covers a huge area some 3285 square kilometres  – from Kurnell to Gosford and west to Eastern Creek. There are big coal seams containing coal seam gas several hundred metres underground stretching from the city to the Hunter Valley.

Last week Greens  MLC Cate Faehrmann successfully obtained documents exposing  the
inadequacies in environmental regulation for coal seam gas in New South Wales.
Cate’s office discovered that Industry & Investment NSW seem to be
doing little more than rubber stamping exploration proposals without the
input of the Department of Environment, including sites where hydraulic
fracturing is to be used – a dangerous method of stimulating gas reserves
kilometres below the surface.

The office also unearthed a secret drilling proposal for coal seam
exploration below the metropolitan Sydney suburb of St Peters. The local
residents, councils and other stakeholders were unaware, but the NSW
Government has already approved the drilling. The Review of Environmental
Factors from Macquarie Energy identifies risk of contamination of
groundwater and impacts on local residents.

Farmers and the community in the Liverpool Plains are also concerned at the proposed coal seam gas projects in that region, and the potential impacts on farmlands, aquifers and health.

Gas Drilling Rig


The Greens in NSW and federally are calling for an immediate moratorium on all coal seam gas exploration and extraction until an independent investigation has occurred and environmental regulations are strengthened
to guarantee the safety of water supplies, farmlands and communities’ health.

*Opening night screening of “Gasland” *

Thursday 18 November
Palace Cinema – Norton St.,Leichhardt
From 6pm for drinks / 6.45pm speaker / 7-9pm film
Marrickville and Balmain State election campaign fundraiser.
$15 conc, $20 standard, $25 keen Green
previous publicity has had different prices  – $15 or more is OK

Bookings : please email colin@nsw.greens.org.au or phone Colin Charlton 0412924251

With the recent revelation of a gas exploration licence being granted to Macquarie Energy by the NSW Dept of Mineral Resources,  for coal seam gas exploratory drilling at St. Peters, this film is something that all local residents should see.

Gasland shows American filmmaker Josh Fox’s unravelling of the environmental hazards of ‘fracking’ or hydrolic fracturing occuring throughout the US in the current gas drilling boom.

“The *Gaslands* story of an industry that has wreaked environmental destruction across the United States is timely and disturbing – this same industry is now knocking on the NSW Government’s door. This powerful film is a must-see for everyone concerned about the safety of our water and food supplies and the health of our communities and environment.”  Cate Faehrmann Greens MLC,  who will introduce the movie.



Bookings : please email or phone Colin Charlton 0412924251 colin@nsw.greens.org.au
Tickets available at the cinema at the Greens table.

The Greens’ Fiona Byrne honoured to be Marrickville’s first female Mayor

Fiona Byrne is the new Mayor of Marrickville following yet another draw out of a hat, the fourth time in five years the Mayoralty of Marrickville has been decided in such a way.

“In its 149 year history, Marrickville Council has never had a woman Mayor. To be the first, and in the year of Women in Local Government, is a great honour,” Clr Byrne said.

“It’s only been four years since we last had a mayor from the Greens, but that is no less a privilege.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to represent the Marrickville Community as mayor over the next twelve months.

“After being Deputy Mayor for the past two years, I am looking forward to continue to serve the people of Marrickville as Mayor.

“I was born in the Marrickville local government area to migrant parents. To now be Mayor is a remarkable journey.

“I would like to thank all the Greens members and supporters, and my fellow Councillors, whose hard work and support have got me to this position.

“Marrickville faces significant issues in the year ahead, with more and more developments being decided by unelected panels appointed by the State Government.

“The community looks to the Greens for leadership on how to tackle big issues at the local level – issues like climate change and a sustainable future, accountable and transparent government, and equal access to public services.

“The Greens on Marrickville Council will continue to advocate strongly for community interests to prevail over commercial ones,” Clr Byrne said.