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Community groups’ use of halls protected

 

The Greens on Marrickville Council have defeated a push by conservative Councillors to increase fees for community groups and local not for profit groups who use Council’s community meeting rooms and town halls.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “Marrickville Council currently has a policy of providing our community meeting rooms to local not for profit groups at a lower rate than commercial groups. Council also offers a limited number of fee waivers or free use of Council halls and spaces, using strict rules and an application process.

At the 1 December 2015 Council meeting Conservative Councillor Victor Macri, supported by Liberal Clr Rosana Tyler and business Independent Morris Hanna, unsuccessfully tried to overturn a Council decision to “… facilitate the use of [Council] town halls and community meeting rooms by local community groups and not for profits at minimal cost where possible [and] not increase fees …. without consultation with those groups that may be affected.”

Clr Ellsmore said, “Of course community groups and local not for profits are charged lower fees than commercial or out of area groups.

“We have had Council study after Council study[1] telling us local community and resident groups want more access to our town halls and meeting rooms, not less. The pressure on community groups has intensified over the last few years, with the State Government moving to charge commercial rents for use of its buildings, when previously it provided free or low cost access to community services.

“It is positive that the majority of the Councillors have rejected a suggestion of significant fee increases for not for profits last night.

“Council is currently investigating ways to attract more commercial users of our Town Halls – for local weddings and commercial events for example. Investigating these options will help Council raise some additional income. However, in doing this we cannot and must not push our local community & resident groups aside. Our Council halls should be for residents, first and foremost. They are community assets, and the community has a right to use them,” Clr Ellsmore said.

A copy of the hire fees for local not for profits is available on the Council website: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/outandabout/venues-for-hire/community-venue-hire-fees/. Not for profit hirers are charged $42 per hour, with regular hirers charged a lower fee.

Hire fees are publicly advertised each year, and residents are invited to make submissions before fee structures are adopted. The current Council policy does not differentiate between types of not for profit groups – but groups which are local get priority. The definition of not for profit covers local bushcare groups, book clubs, community services, charities, local political groups, wine tasting societies, religious groups and more.

More information:                 Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

[1] See for example the “Recreation Needs Study” (2011) which found that access to small and medium sized meeting rooms was a key need in the community (available to download from http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/Documents/Marrickville%20Assets/recreation%20needs%20research%20strategic%20directions%20for%20marrickville%20report.pdf). See also the “Pressures Facing Local Community Services Organisations 2015” Report provided to Council on 17 November 2015, which found for the second year running that access to affordable premises in the Marrickville LGA was one of the most pressing issues facing local community services.

GREENS CALL ON COUNCIL TO STAY STRONG ON MERGERS

Wed 11 November 2015

Marrickville Greens Councillors called on Inner West mayors to respect the resolutions of their Councils and continue to stand up against forced amalgamations, after the Councils adopted near identical resolutions that claim to resist amalgamations and to submit merger options under protest – with a view to them only being implemented if the Baird Government forces the issue.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “It’s clear that the vast majority of residents in the Inner West want their Council to stand alone and not merge and that’s the position that Marrickville Council took last night.”

The Greens voted against submitting a ‘Plan B’ merger for a Marrickville-Ashfield-Leichhardt Council, as the Greens believe that Councils should not be merged without a vote of affected residents.

Clr Ellsmore said, “The Greens are concerned that the Labor Mayors for Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield have given the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, the impression that our Councils wish to merge, when the resolutions adopted by all three Councils last night explicitly opposed any voluntary amalgamation.

“Local Councils belong to their residents, not Premier Mike Baird. The community should decide on any merger.

“The Liberal Government would like nothing more than to abolish progressive inner city Councils like Marrickville and Leichhardt. It is these Councils that have stood up to WestConnex and will look out for the communities’ interest as the State Government pushes for open slather for development in significant ‘growth corridors’ through the Inner West.

“It is deeply disappointing that Labor Councillors have backed a Plan B merger option and are actively promoting it in the media.

“Only last month they were making strong public statements they would stand up and fight for their Councils. What has changed?

“The Liberal Government does not have the power to sack financially sound and successful Councils like Marrickville, and they have created bogus size and scale criteria to create an excuse to merge Councils. The Greens will continue to fight against forced amalgamations and the right of communities to determine the future of their Councils,” Clr Ellsmore said.

The Greens were successful in amending the motion to conduct a community consultation on the proposed plan B merger with Leichhardt and Ashfield Councils. A copy of the motion passed is below.

More information:    Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

The formal statement from Marrickville Council outlining Council’s position can be found here: http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/newsandnotices/mediareleases/ashfield-leichhardt-and-marrickville-to-submit-joint-merger-preference/.

The Greens encourage residents to make their voices heard by:

For more information see the Save Marrickville Council campaign page.

Motion passed

10 Nov 2015: C1115 Item 1 MAYORAL MINUTE: COUNCIL’S RESPONSE TO IPART ASSESSMENT AND THE NSW STATE GOVERNMENT’S ULTIMATUM TO COUNCILS

 

THAT: 

  1. Council reinforce to its community, staff and the NSW State Government that its preferred option is to stand alone and is fundamentally opposed to forced amalgamations;

 

  1. Given the legal predicament we now find ourselves in and the ultimatum issued by the NSW State Government, submit a first merger preference for Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield Council and a second merger preference for Marrickville and City of Sydney Council by 18 November 2015;

 

  1. Council signal strongly to the State Government that it will:
    1. immediately withdraw its merger preferences if the State Government does not proceed with forced amalgamations;
    2. not support an Inner West Council amalgamation proposition comprising Marrickville, Leichhardt, Ashfield, Burwood, Strathfield and Canada Bay Councils under any circumstances;

 

  1. Council urgently undertake a community engagement process to inform residents of the latest developments. The community engagement process must highlight that Marrickville Council’s ongoing preferred option is to stand alone, and provide a genuine opportunity for residents to consider and provide feedback on the potential benefits and risks of an amalgamated Marrickville-Leichhardt-Ashfield Council, including through a survey and community information sessions; and

 

  1. A report be provided back to the first Council meeting in 2016.

 

Launch of Marrickville Peace Park Sun 8 Nov 2015

 

Marrickville Peace Park2

Join us for the launch of Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park on Sunday, 8th November from 11.00am to 12.30pm.

The park’s address is corner of Holt Crescent and Richards Avenue in Marrickville.

The event will consist of a Welcome to Country, five local speakers and the performance of a number of songs by the Solidarity Choir.

Program details:

11.00 Introduction by GCPC convenor (John Butcher)
11.05 Welcome of Country (Allan Barnes)
11.10 Solidarity Choir
11.20 Address by GCPC convenor (John Butcher)
11.25 Address by Mayor of Marrickville (Clr Sam Iskandar)
11.30 Address by Marrickville Councillor (Clr Sylvie Ellsmore)
11.35 Solidarity Choir
11.45 Address by State Member for Canterbury (Linda Burney MP)
11.50 Address by State Member for Summer Hill (Jo Haylen MP)
11.55 Poetry reading (Moneisha McKenzie and Jo Blackman)
12.05 Solidarity Choir
12.20 Conclusion.

Soft drinks and snacks will be provided.

GCPC’s brochure ‘Why Marrickville Peace Park?’ can be found here. The publicity leaflet for the event can be downloaded from here.

All welcome.

For more information about the history of the project see the Gallipoli Peace Campaign page on this website.

Marrickville steps up fight against forced mergers

Media release, 22 May 2015 

Marrickville Council has voted in favour of several Greens motions to step up Council’s fight against proposed amalgamations. The successful Greens’ motions (as attached) call on the State Government to urgently extend the rushed assessment process being applied to determine if Councils are ‘fit for the future’.

The motions also commit Council to organise urgent public meetings to explain how and why Marrickville Council is advocating that it remain independent. The first “town hall style” public meeting has been scheduled for 7.30pm, Wednesday 10 June at Petersham Town Hall.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore moved the motions, which received support from all but the Liberal Councillor. Clr Ellsmore said, “Council has recently undertaken a consultation with our residents to get their views on the proposed “super inner west” Council, which would see Marrickville merged with Leichhardt, Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay and Strathfield Councils.

“The results are in, and residents are overwhelmingly opposed to the amalgamation of Marrickville Council. With over 4000 residents participating in the survey, this is the second strongest response to a Council survey ever received. Residents care about protecting Marrickville Council, and they want us to remain the successful independent Council that we are now”, she said.

The results of the survey found nearly three quarters of residents oppose the mergers. This is despite around 40% of residents identifying with the “inner west” as much as with their local suburb.  The consultation follows detailed modelling by Marrickville Council commissioned from Morris Low that shows that Marrickville Council will be more financially stable and meet a higher number of the suggested assessment criteria if it remains stand alone.

Clr Ellsmore said, “Councils in NSW are facing several looming deadlines imposed by the State Government in the supposed ‘independent’ process to assess whether Councils should be merged.

“The State Government has appointed the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to develop criteria to test whether a Council is ‘fit’ or ‘unfit’, but these criteria fail to consider the criteria that residents care most about – such as whether Council delivers quality services or has the support of the community.

“It also sets arbitrary ‘scale’ criteria that suggest all small Councils like Marrickville Council will automatically fail the test, even if we meet all other criteria.

“The timelines for this assessment process are a joke. With submissions commenting on the assessment criteria due next week, IPART will have less than one week to consider Councils’ detailed submissions before finalising the assessment criteria. Councils will then have less than a month to respond to the final assessment criteria by the 30 June 2015 deadline.

“Does anyone really believe that IPART will be able to genuinely consider hundreds of details submissions, and respond, in one week? It appears this process is either set up to fail, or that the Liberal Government has already made its decision about forced amalgamations.

“No information has been provided to Councils about what will happen after IPART makes its final assessment, post 30 June 2015, about which Councils are ‘fit’ or ‘unfit’. Details of IPART’s reasons may not be publicly released, with suggestions that information will be sent straight to a secret Cabinet process for decision about whether or not to force the merger of Councils,” Clr Ellsmore said.

As a result of the Greens’ motions one or more public meetings will be held by the end of June and residents will be encouraged to make individual submissions in support of Council’s decision to stand alone. Meetings held in adjoining Councils have had strong attendance, with network of Councillors and residents across parties and areas developing to actively fight the amalgamations push.

For comment: Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Copies of the Community Engagement Report from the latest consultation of residents can be downloaded from the Council website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/business-papers/ (Item 6, 19 May 2015 Council meeting)

Copies of the Morris Low ‘Fit for the Future – Shared Modelling’ Report comparing the business case for Marrickville Council as a standalone Council to the proposed innerwest Council can be downloaded from the Council’s website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/newsandnotices/local-government-amalgamations/

Or on the Marrickville Council page of the “No Forced Amalgamations” website established by Leichhardt Council about the joint modelling developed cooperatively across the inner west Councils – https://noforcedmergers.wordpress.com/
GREENS MOTIONS 19 May 2015, Marrickville Council

Item 5 – Fit for the Future – IPART

THAT:

  1. Council endorse the points raised in this report [the staff report] for the purposes of making a format submission to IPART by 25 May 2015.
  2. Council’s submission also highlights that the assessment criteria should be amended to:
    1. Drop the minimum population requirement of 250,000 being proposed for many metropolitan Councils;
    2. Include a criteria which provides for Councils to demonstrate how they are delivering scale through regional coordination (for example through SSROC);
    3. Include criteria to measure the scope and quality of services delivered by Local Councils; and
    4. Include criteria to measure community’s satisfaction with their Local Council.
  3. Council urgently write to the Premier and the Minister for Local Government expressing concern about the process, in particular the timeframes that will give IPART less than one week to consider Councils’ submissions before finalising the assessment criteria, and give Councils less than a month to respond to the final assessment criteria once it is released.

Item 6 – Fit for the Future Community Engagement Report

THAT:

  1. Council receives and notes the Community Engagement Report; and
  2. based on Community feedback, Council Officers develop the business case for Marrickville to be a stand-alone entity and present a summary of that case at the 9 June Council Meeting.
  3. Council organise one or more a public information meetings for residents before the end of June 2015 to provide information on Council’s updated position and the business case; and
  4. Council otherwise take steps to make this information accessible to local residents and to encourage residents to make individual submissions to the IPART Review in support of Council’s position.

Cycle win for Newtown blackspot

A key missing link in Sydney’s regional bike network will be completed by June following the approval of plans by Marrickville Council at its meeting on 3 March 2015.

Greens Councillor and Chair of the Marrickville Council Transport Committee, Sylvie Ellsmore, said “This month Marrickville Council approved plans to establish a new shared path for bikes, pedestrians and cars at Eliza St Newtown, which runs from Camperdown Memorial Park to King Street. Building this missing connection is the culmination of years of negotiation across Councils and campaigning by bike groups.

“The plans will finally enable cyclists to legally cross King Street in order to get to and from the Wilson Street cycleway. Currently cyclists going to or from Wilson St to Camperdown have no way to cross King Street in either direction without getting off their bikes, riding on part of the footpath or ignoring one of the “no right turn” signs.

“Hundreds of bikes cross King Street from Camperdown to Redfern and the city using this bike route every day, and the numbers keep growing. After years of campaigning I am very proud that Marrickville Council is acting to fix this major bike blackspot,” Clr Ellsmore said.

Greens candidate for the State seat of Newtown, Jenny Leong, said, “The new Eliza Street bike path is a key missing link in what is one of Sydney’s busiest regional bike routes.  Its approval brings us another step closer to implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network.”

The Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network is the key bike plan endorsed by the 15 inner Sydney Councils. It identifies 1 or 2 key regional routes connecting across each Council area as priorities to be built or completed, including a crossing at King Street.  The Greens NSW have committed to the full implementation of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network, which has been costed at $185 million.

Ms Leong said, “Our local Greens Councillors have been driving the implementation of bike paths and increasing investment in bike paths. The Greens on Marrickville Council were last year successful in doubling the Council’s bike budget.

“But Local Councils cannot do it alone. It is good news that after many years of planning and reports the State Government has come to the party with some funding to enable this section of bike path to be built. However the reality is that there are many, many other parts of the Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network which will not be built because State Government funding has not been provided.

“Building proper, safe bike infrastructure takes real investment – not a piece-meal approach of funding bits and pieces of projects. It is time for the State Government and Labor Opposition to step up, and to work with the Greens to ensure that we’re investing in new cycleways and active transport, not new dirty tollways that will further choke our city,” said Ms Leong.

The Eliza Street cycleway plans were approved at the 3rd March 2015 Infrastructure Committee meeting of Council, pending some final discussions with local residents to deal with parking issues and approvals by the State RMS of the final plans. The path is likely to result in the loss of two parking spaces in Eliza Street. Once implemented bike, people and car traffic on Eliza Street will share the space in a 10km zone. The approved plans also include changing the current two-way cycleway on Mary Street to one way, with cyclists encouraged to travel instead on the larger, safer Eliza St cycleway.

The new cycleway will be partly funded by Marrickville Council and partly by the State Government, which has provided $100,000. The Greens Transport vision including costed commitments to public transport and cycleways can be downloaded at http://nsw.greens.org.au/sites/nsw.greens.org.au/files/Greens-Transport-vision-2020-Plan.pdf The ALP launched their transport vision last month. It included no reference to funding for cycleways.  

A recent ALP announcement indicated that the ALP plans to join the Greens in committing to fund the Greenway active transport corridor. For more information or to sign up to the Greens campaign to build the Greenway visit the website of Greens MP Jamie Parker.

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213 Greens candidate for Newtown Jenny Leong 0434 095 865   

Budget increase a WIN for cyclists

26 June 2016: Following a heated debate in the Marrickville Council chamber on Tuesday night, the Greens were successful in their bid to significantly increase the budget to build bike paths. The additional funding will bring forward completion of a priority regional bike route through Camperdown, Newtown and Enmore.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “On Tuesday night Marrickville Council voted to include an additional $200,000 in the annual budget for new bike paths. That’s nearly double the $310,000 included in the draft budget.

“In the lead up to the vote, the Greens had released research showing that only 9% of the priority bike paths in Council’s Marrickville Bike Strategy 2007-2016[i] have been completed to date.[ii] Years of underfunding had led to a short fall of more than $7 million to build the priority bike paths identified by Council – half of which was to be funded by Council and half by the State Government.[iii] At that rate we would not have met our local bike targets until 2039,” Clr Ellsmore said.

While the Greens were not successful in their bid to increase the bike budget even further, to $1 million, in addition to the $200,000 budget boost they secured other commitments from the Labor-Liberal dominated Council, including:

  • A commitment that Council would prioritise bike infrastructure projects when seeking grant funding from other tiers of government; and
  • A commitment that opportunities for new bike paths would be included in the existing $1.35 million per annum ‘Connecting Marrickville’ project, a new program focused on upgrading footpaths and roads.[iv]

Greens Councillor Max Phillips said, “While Marrickville Council is not a wealthy Council, it is damning that only 1% of our infrastructure budget was to be allocated to bike paths. The modest funding increase won by the Greens (to 2% of infrastructure spending) is important, but it is clear that several of the Marrickville Councillors did not support the change.

“Repeated comments were made during last night’s debate by Labor and Liberal Councillors that Council could not “afford” to find any additional funding for bike paths. This is very troubling given that the Labor and Liberal Councillors were able to find an unbudgeted $1.2 million last year on top of $1 million for the one controversial Arlington Reserve artificial turf project alone last year.

“The real issue is one of priorities. The Greens think building better bike paths should be a priority for local Councils,” Clr Phillips said.

The Greens candidate for the State seat of Newtown, Jenny Leong, said “the new State seat of Newtown has some of the highest numbers of commuter cyclists in the state.[v] The city has many excellent cycleways through Surry Hills and Redfern. However, the further we get from the CBD, the more inadequate cycling infrastructure becomes.

“This week our local Greens had an important win. While at 2%[vi] of the Council’s infrastructure budget Marrickville Council’s bike spending is still modest, the increase shows the positive effects of years of sustained campaigning by local residents and the Greens for better cycling infrastructure.

“At the same time, there is only so much that Councils can do in the face of increasing cuts from State and Federal Governments. In the most recent NSW budget the Coalition allocated $60 billion to infrastructure that prioritises motorways and roads, but has failed to commit to funding bikepaths that will lower rates of injury for cyclists and reduce pollution in Sydney.

“The Greens think building better bike paths should be a priority for all levels of Government. We will continue to campaign to ensure that we aren’t condemning our growing community of inner-west cyclists to decades of infrastructure backlogs,” Ms Leong said.

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Find out more – visit our local Greens bike campaign page.

END NOTES

[i] Marrickville Bicycle Strategy available to download from the Marrickville Council website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/bicycle-strategy/ .

[ii] For details of the level of underspend in Marrickville Council’s bike budget see the Answers to Questions on Notice provided put by the Greens to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting, at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/bike-path-questions-2014/

[iii] As above, Answers to Questions on Notice by the Greens. In relation to the cost for Marrickville Council to meet its bike targets, Council staff advised: “The remaining bike route program is estimated at approximately $7,042,000 in 2014 dollars, subject to detailed investigation and design.”

[iv] The commitments outlined in a late Mayoral Minute (Item 21) put to the Council by Mayor Jo Haylen, included that Council would prioritise bike infrastructure projects when seeking grant funding from other tiers of government; and opportunities for new bike paths would be included in the existing $1.35 million per annum ‘Connecting Marrickville’ project, a new program focused on upgrading footpaths and roads.

[v] Based on Census data, reported at page 26 of the ‘Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network – Demand Assessment and Economic Appraisal’ (September 9th 2010), as available to download from http://www.thinkingtransport.org.au/library/2010/09/inner-sydney-regional-bicycle-network-demand-assessment-and-economic-appraisal

[vi] Prior to the increase voted last night, Marrickville Council’s DRAFT annual bike budget was $310,000 pa, out of a total annual Capital Budget of $28,772,363 – or 1%. The increase to $510,000 brings the figure closer to 2%. Figures are outlined in the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 2, ‘Operating and Capital Budget 2014-5’.

Council twenty years behind on bike paths: only 9% completed

Media 24 June 2014: Tonight Marrickville Council will vote on its 2014/15 budget. The Greens are concerned that without significant increases in funding to build new bike paths the growing community of inner-west cyclists will be condemned to decades of infrastructure backlogs.

Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “Only $310,000 has been included in the draft 2014-5 Marrickville Council budget for new bike paths. This is only enough money to complete one bike route every year, for the next three years.[i]

“The Greens are calling on Labor and the Liberals to support an increase in our bike path budget to $1 million. The increased funding will help address the years of under-funding, which has led to a short fall of more than $7 million which is now needed for Marrickville Council to build its priority bike paths.[ii]

“Only 9% of the priority bike paths in Council’s Marrickville Bike Strategy 2007-2016[iii] have been completed to date.[iv] At this rate we will not reach our bike paths goal until 2039, more than 20 years later than planned.

“Building bike paths should be core business for local Councils, particularly Marrickville Council. After the City of Sydney, the Marrickville Council area has the largest number of residents who travel to work by bike of any Council area.[v]

“City of Sydney currently spends over 10% of its capital budget on bike paths – Marrickville Council spends only 1%.[vi]  Last year Canada Bay invested more than $1 million,[vii] and in this coming year even Leichhardt Council, which is a smaller Council than Marrickville, has budgeted more for new bike paths.[viii]

“Labor and Liberal Councillors on Marrickville Council need to show local residents whether or not they are genuinely committing to supporting cycling, and to keeping our growing number of cyclists safe.

“Increasing our Marrickville bike budget to $1 million will not only ensure we finally complete long standing black spots like Mary St/ King St/ Wilson St interchange, but means we won’t have to wait years to begin building our sections of the Greenway.[ix] 

Media contact:          Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Take action! Email the Marrickville Councillors. More on the bike path action page here: https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/bike-budget-2014/

NOTES ON THE FACTS AND FIGURES

 

 

[i] See the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 10, ‘Marrickville Council Resourcing Strategy – Asset Management Plan TRANSPORTATION’, page 78 – Bicycle Facilities Budget, as available to download at https://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/elected-council/business-papers/ . The budget indicates that Regional bike route 5 (RRO5) will be completed in 2014-5, with funding allocated to complete one further regional route (RR07) in 2015-6 and another (RR12) by 2017-8.

[ii] For details of the level of underspend in Marrickville Council’s bike budget see the Answers to Questions on Notice provided put by the Greens to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. In relation to the cost for Marrickville Council to meet its bike targets, Council staff advised: “The remaining Bike route program is estimated at approximately $7,042,000 in 2014 dollars, subject to detailed investigation and design. …. It is emphasized that these estimates are preliminary and are likely to vary when detailed investigation and designs are undertaken.” A full copy of the Questions and Answers can be found at https://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/bike-path-questions-2014/

[iii] Marrickville Bicycle Strategy available to download from the Marrickville Council website at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/en/council/forms-and-publications/council-plans/bicycle-strategy/ .

[iv] As above, see Answers to Questions on Notice provided to the 18 March 2014 Marrickville Council meeting. At Answer to Question 8 c Council staff advised: “Council has completed approximately 95km of the bike plan, or 9% of the proposed routes”.

[v] Based on Census data, reported at page 26 of the ‘Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network – Demand Assessment and Economic Appraisal’ (September 9th 2010), as available to download from http://www.thinkingtransport.org.au/library/2010/09/inner-sydney-regional-bicycle-network-demand-assessment-and-economic-appraisal

[vi] Marrickville Council’s total annual bike budget is $310,000 pa, out of a total annual Capital Budget of $28,772,363, as outlined in the Marrickville Council Paper for the 24 June 2014 Council meeting – Item 11, Attachment 2, ‘Operating and Capital Budget 2014-5’ (link as above). The City of Sydney has allocated $28.5 million for bike paths next year (see http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/2473-city-of-sydneys-draft-2014-15-budget-to-deliver-194bn-infrastructure-program.html ). The City of Sydney Council’s 2014-5 Capital Works expenditure is $245.2M with contingency of $5.0M, as detailed in Council papers at: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0018/205038/140616_CFPTC_ITEM02.pdf

[vii] See Canada Bay ‘2013-17 Delivery Plan & 2013-14 Operating Plan’ – Snapshot of Council’s 2013-14 which includes $1 million for the Iron Cove Creek Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge project, in addition to the general infrastructure upgrade program, as available to download from http://www.canadabay.nsw.gov.au/operating-plan-and-budget.html

[viii] Based on the draft Leichhardt Council’s draft 2014/5 Budget, to be adopted at the Council’s 24 June 2014 meeting.

[ix][ix] The Greenway is one of the ten Regional Routes – Regional Route 1 – for which Council has not budgeted any spending over the next 3 years. For a copy of the 10 priority Regional Routes see Answers to Questions on Notice (below) and the Marrickville Bicycle Strategy.

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