Parramatta Council is planning to replace real grass with synthetic grass in four of its parks - and the Parramatta Greens are sounding the alarm.
Greens Councillor Phil Bradley says fake grass is much hotter and is bad for the environment.
“Synthetic turf parks are made from non-recyclable plastic and shed microplastics,” Councillor Bradley says. “We can’t let them be rolled out across Parramatta.”
The council is planning to lay synthetic grass on playing fields at Old Saleyards Reserve in North Parramatta, Acacia Park in Telopea, FS Garside Park in Granville and Robin Thomas Reserve in Parramatta.
Parramatta Council passed the following motion, which was supported by all but Councillors who are Liberal Party members.
Subject: Notice of Motion for 12 July 2021 Council - Probity Checks for Chair, Alternate Chairs and Independent Experts for the City of Parramatta Local Planning Panel
That Council write to the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces the Hon. Rob Stokes MP referring to his letter IRF 21/584 and asking if the probity checks also included whether the statutory declarations of each chair and expert also declared they were not a close relative or associate of a property developer or real estate agent, and if not, recommending to the Minister that this be done as soon as possible.
Students won landmark climate case. In global first, Minister has duty of care to protect young people from Climate Change
SYDNEY MAY 27, 2021: Eight high school students have welcomed today’s landmark judgment in the Federal Court of Australia that found the Federal Environment Minister has a duty of care not to cause them harm from climate change.
With Parramatta growing at a rapid rate, Greens MP David Shoebridge says now is a crucial time to elect more Greens to Parramatta Council.
"Parramatta Council seriously needs more Greens, to ensure the public,
and not just property developers, benefit from the building boom,” he
says."Whether it is protecting irreplaceable heritage, ensuring core
services get to those in need, or restraining over-development, there is
so much work for this team to do on Parramatta Council.
"Greens on council are a voice for the community and a sure vote in
favour of more green open space and protection of the environment.”
Physicist Dr Matt Palmer will be the Greens’ lead candidate for Parramatta’s Epping Ward in the September 4 council elections. Having lived in one of Epping’s many recently built apartment blocks for the past three years, Matt understands the issues facing local residents. “I am concerned to see many more residential developments planned in the area, in the absence of an accompanying plan for improving the subsequent traffic and school overcrowding,” Matt says. “In Epping, we need to keep these developments in check. The vision for Epping should be of a friendly, green, airy suburb that is attractive and welcoming to visitors and residents alike, and somewhere healthy for kids to grow up.
The Parramatta Greens today announced the first three of their lead candidates for the City of Parramatta Council Election on 4 September 2021.
Our first three lead candidates will be Councillor Phil Bradley, Franceska Strano, and Greg Edwards. Phil will re-contest Parramatta Ward, Franceska will run in Rosehill Ward, and Greg in North Rocks Ward.
From Phil Bradley's press release as a Parramatta Councilor on 23rd July 2019
The Parramatta Greens wholeheartedly support ACOSS in its call for an urgent $75/wk increase in Newstart from an abysmal $277/wk or $282/wk with the Energy Supplement. This is now nearly 40% below the poverty line. Along with an increase in related allowances, data analysis by Deloitte for the City of Parramatta LGA has estimated that these benefit increases would give a local spending boost of at least $23.5 million each year.
From a press release by Parramatta Councillor Phil Bradley.
It is unacceptable to have wealthy property development companies able to override the
public plans of the Parramatta community by offering to give the Council money.
Allowing wealthy developers to override our planning regulations while requiring the rest of the community
to abide by them is discriminatory and undemocratic.
However where Parramatta Council continues to allow this undemocratic process,
the Parramatta Greens will continue to insist that the community receives fair value
for the increased profits that result in the developments exceeding the planning regulations.
Now that we new City of Parramatta councillors have just completed our schedule of informative
induction workshops and completed our first ordinary Council meeting,
I have been able to reflect on our hectic first month on the job.
First, I would like to thank all who exercised their democratic right to
vote for their council representatives, including for me as the first Greens
councillor for Parramatta.
This opportunity was welcome after being denied the right to vote in
2016 as a result of our council amalgamation with a government appointed administrator.
The Greens have demanded an immediate rethink on the scale and density of high
rise development in Parramatta's CBD when a new council forms after the 9th September 2017 council election.
Left to right: Sujan Selven – Wentworthville Ward Head Candidate, David Shoebridge - MLC, Annie Nielsen no.2 then
Phil Bradley no. 1 candidate for Parramatta Ward, Astrid O’Neill no. 2 for Rosehill Ward.
MEDIA RELEASE by Parramatta Greens : 6 August 2017
The Parramatta Greens today launched a new plan that will free up local rental accommodation and
raise more than $5.0 million per year for the City of Parramatta Council to spend on community housing.
The most recent Census data shows more than 5,450 homes in Parramatta are unoccupied.
That’s almost 7% of properties, and it’s a troubling figures given the current housing crisis.
The Greens’ Empty Homes Levy would enable Parramatta City Council to charge an additional
levy on the owners of untenanted investment properties, with the revenue being invested in local housing projects.
There is huge need for affordable housing in Parramatta,
where the median price for houses is $675,000 and for units $609,000. No wonder that homelessness is increasing.
The Greens candidate for Parramatta, Phil Bradley today said "The Parramatta Greens condemn the changes made to Federal-State funding arrangements in the 2014 Federal Coalition’s budget, which saw $57 billion axed from local hospitals over the next decade. The Turnbull government’s recent budget restored only $2.9 billion of these cuts. Based on this, figures provided by the Parliamentary Budget Office and hospital bed figures provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, an estimate has been made that Westmead Hospital could lose up to $650 million over the next decade.
Here is a link to the Australian climate emergency petition, both online, and paper versions, for which many people are trying to gather as many signatures as possible. We need Australians to tell governments to treat climate change for the emergency that it is, and has been for some decades.
A great night at Granville with Parramatta Greens hosting Australian
Greens leader Richard Di Natale, NSW lead Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon,
Mehreen Faruqi MLC and about 12 Greens candidates.
Almost 120 attended and applauded the Greens'
great policies addressed and explained in Richard's
enthusiastic speech. Go Greens!!