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Greens promote bike and car share schemes

Following the successful move by Greens on Leichhardt Council to urgently investigate the implementation of a Sydney Bike Share Scheme with neighbouring Councils, Marrickville Council will debate Greens & ALP motions in support of the proposal at its August Council meeting.


The Greens motion comes after the Greens on Marrickville Council successfully moving for a Newtown and Enmore wide consultation on the expansion of car share schemes at its 6 August 2013 meeting.

For more information about the Greens proposal visit http://portjackson.greenshost.org/public-bike-share-scheme/

20 August 2013 Marrickville Council Meeting – C0813 Item 22 NOTICE OF MOTION: PUBLIC BIKE SHARE SCHEME

Clr Melissa Brooks (Phone 0409 235 802)


THAT Council:

1.    actively participate in conversations initiated by Leichhardt Council on the viability and desirability of a public bike share scheme in areas covered by Marrickville, Leichhardt, City of Sydney, Marrickville, Randwick and Waverley and the Universities of Sydney and New South Wales; and

2.    engage other cycling and transport stakeholders in discussions about such a project.


At the May Ordinary Meeting of Leichhardt Council the council resolved to seek interest in a bikeshare scheme with other inner Sydney councils and The Universities of Sydney and NSW. While a council bike share scheme in an LGA may not be feasible, a joint venture with these other LGAs and major institutions provides a scale that may make such a scheme workable.
Bike Share schemes provide a service that makes bicycles available for shared use to people on a very short term basis. The main aim of these systems is to provide affordable access to bicycles for short distance trips in an urban area as an alternative to private vehicles.
The benefits of bike share schemes are significant. They reduce congestion, making it easier to access a bicycle and the health benefits that come from cycling.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlum, with local Greens including Sylvie Ellsmore and Melissa Brooks

2012 Launch of the Greens Bike BlackSpot App, with Greens MP Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlum, with local Greens including Sylvie Ellsmore and Melissa Brooks

Also check out more information about the Greens campaigns for better bike paths see the Greens BlackSpot Campaign page at http://scott-ludlam.greensmps.org.au/bike-blackspot

Marrickville Council embraces same sex marriage

Greens candidate for the seat of Grayndler Hall Greenland and Greens (NSW) Lead Senate Candidate Cate Faerhmann have congratulated Marrickville Council for reaffirming its support for marriage equality with a resolution passed at the latest Council meeting. Marrickville Council’s was one of the first Councils to embrace marriage equality, under the former Green Mayor in 2010. A recent LGBTIQ Forum had called on Council to reaffirm its commitment to Marriage Equality and write to all the major parties for the Federal Election.

At the same meeting the elected Councillors supported a Greens resolution for Council to support the Gender Centre, which is threatened with closure after 30 years of operation in the Marrickville and Petersham areas. A full copy of the resolution passed by Council is below.

Mr Greenland said, “I congratulate the Council and reiterate the call to urgently support federal legislation for marriage equality on behalf of local residents.

“Ending discrimination and giving everyone in our community the right to marry shouldn’t be a political plaything, it’s just the right thing to do.”

“It shouldn’t just be at election time that it’s suddenly the time to say you are going to do something finally to fix this,” he said.

Hall and Cate believe that both major parties should listen to the local community and to the Australian people generally, as two thirds of them support same sex marriage.

“The Greens have long led the debate on this important issue and it seems we might be finally getting closer to achieving a positive outcome, albeit with the ALP kicking and screaming along the road,” Hall said.

Greens Marriage Equality Poster for the Federal Election

Greens Marriage Equality Poster for the Federal Election

“Greens MP Adam Bandt introduced his Marriage Equality Bill again in July which would have removed discriminatory references based on sexual orientation and gender identity and allowed marriage regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

“However, after much debate, the bill was defeated.  In this day and age, the Parliament is out of step with the public on this issue,” he said.

The Greens motion was supported by local ALP councillors but as Greens councillor Sylvie Ellsmore points out, this support also needs to come from the State and Federal Governments.

“The Greens on council believe we need national marriage equality laws that give everyone equal rights and the choice to marry if they want to, rather than being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation,” Clr Ellsmore said.

Greens Senate Candidate Cate Faehrmann with Senator Christine Milne and Sydney MP Alex Greenwich, June 2012

Motion moved by the Greens, at the 6 August 2013 Community and Corporate Services Committee Meeting:



1. from this point onward Council refers to the combined gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning communities by the acronym LGBTIQ as voted at the forum;

2. in accordance with Council’s decision of 14 December 2011 that resolved to support marriage equality; and noting that marriage equality legislation has recently passed in the UK, Council:
a)    expresses its strong support for national marriage equality laws;
b)    commits to write to the Federal MP for Grayndler and all Federal Parliamentary Party Leaders urging support for the marriage equality legislation on behalf of local residents and the LGBTIQ community;

3. the report be received and noted; 4. Council notes that the Gender Centre:
a) offers services from the transgender and gender diverse community, including providing support for more than 500 clients a year and their families, and housing for up to 17 residents at any one time in three refuges and four exit-houses;
b)    has been operating for 30 years in the Petersham and Marrickville areas and is the only organisation of its kind in the world;
c)    is currently seeking new premises for its office and staff, but has been unable to locate new premises in the inner west which would allow it to continue to operate without significant cuts to its programs;

4. Council expresses its strong support for the Gender Centre to continue to be located in the Marrickville Local Government Area;

5. Council notes the chronic shortage of low cost accommodation for community services in the inner west and commits to:
a)    advocate for, and work actively to support, the Gender Centre in its efforts to identify suitable accommodation options in the local area; and
b)    organises a forum of small local community services, including the Gender Centre, who are also at risk of losing their accommodation in the inner west following recent changes to NSW Government funding and accommodates for these services.

Greens Call on Candidates to Put Extremist Last

Greens Multiculturalism spokesperson Cate Faehrmann has called on candidates running for North Ward in Marrickville Council to place the independent group led by Sergio Redegalli last on their how to vote cards.

Mr Redegalli is well known as the artist responsible for the ‘No Burqas’ mural and is associated with the far-right Australian Protectionist Party.

An article about xenophobic and racist candidates running in the Local Council elections which was published in today’s Sydney Morning Herald mentioned Mr Redegalli but did not formally identify his connections to the Australian Protectionist Party.

“Just as all mainstream parties agreed to place One Nation last in the late 1990s in the context of growing racial tensions, so we feel it is important to take a similar stance now” Ms Faehrmann said.

“We respect the right of all candidates to stand for election. But this only makes it more important that we take a united stand to ensure radically racist views are not left unchallenged.”

“The Australian Protectionist Party explicitly calls for a racially discriminatory immigration policy. Their policy statement calls to “End Third World immigration and Muslim immigration”, and equates multiculturalism with genocide.”

“We are calling on the Labor and Liberal parties to make a clear statement that racist positions like those taken by the Australian Protectionist Party are not acceptable.”

“This is an important test for our political community and we hope other parties will stand with us to ensure Marrickville remains open and tolerant – celebrating our multiculturalism”Ms Faehrmann said.

The Greens will be releasing their full how to vote cards next week. Voting is optional preferential and voters decide their own preferences, how to votes only provide recommendations.

For further information about Mr Redegalli and the Australian Protectionist Party see http://www.protectionist.net/photo-galleries/say-no-to-burqas-protest/ Policy positions of the Australian Protectionist Party are available at: http://www.protectionist.net/primary-polices/

More information: Cate Faehrmann MLC 0412 207 043

Greens target the inner-west’s bike black-spots


Greens candidate Mel Brooks (on bike) with Cate Faehrmann and Senator Scott Ludlam at a notorious bike black spot in Newtown.

Cyclists and Greens met today at one of Newtown’s notoriously dangerous intersections, to highlight the lack of investment in cycleways in the inner-west.

They were joined by Federal Greens Senator Scott Ludlam and Greens State Transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann, who earlier today launched the NSW Greens Bike BlackSpot in Sydney’s CBD.

“The Bike BlackSpot app is a free app for IPhones which has been developed by the Greens. It enables cyclists to instantly photograph and send information about black spots and other dangerous road incidents they encounter to their local Transport Minister and the Greens,” said Senator Ludlam.

“The information is also loaded into a public map to help Councils and the community identify the priority areas where bike path upgrades are most urgently needed,” he said.

Greens NSW Transport Spokesperson Cate Faehrmann said: “Since the Greens first launched the Bike Blackspot IPhone app in Western Australia it has been an enormous success.

“It’s been an important tool for the Greens and cycling groups to highlight the many and varied holes that exist in our bike networks.”

“The intersection of Erskineville Road, King Street and Wilson Street is a perfect example of the patchy and often dangerous bike paths that myself and other cyclists experience every day,” she said.

“The Bike BlackSpot app is a practical, community driven solution developed by the Greens as part of our ongoing campaign for better investment in cycleways.”

More information

Download the free Bike BlackSpot App from ITunes http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bike-blackspot/id510581717?mt=8

Visit the Bike BlackSpot website at www.bikeblackspot.org

Contacts:       Greens NSW Transport Spokesperson Cate Faehrmann 0412 207 043

                        Media Officer for Senator Scott Ludlam, Giovanni Torre 0417 174 302