The media has covered a list of 'winners' from the 2015 NSW budget (SMH and ABC). Here is our critique of where the budget fell short of making Sydney more liveable and sustainable, particularly for our Inner West communities:
MEDIA RELEASE - June 24, 2015 A consistent regulatory framework for short term holiday letting – including web platforms such as Airbnb, Stays and Wotif – is a step closer after the NSW Planning Minister referred the matter to a parliamentary inquiry.
Commenting after the first meeting of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Environment and Planning on Wednesday, Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, said he welcomed the Minister’s intervention.
“I am pleased the Minister has responded to my request for an inquiry into the regulation of accommodation services in the sharing economy,” said Mr Parker.
Speaking about the Government’s broken promise on the new Ultimo public school, local MP Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain, said he shared the community’s disappointment and outrage at the announcement a school was not proceeding at the site on Fig and Wattle streets.
MEDIA RELEASE - June 23, 2015 Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, said:
“Any facilitation of express approvals for UrbanGrowth NSW projects, such as the Bays Precinct, will undermine proper strategic planning, and the accountability and transparency that are necessary for these large-scale projects. UrbanGrowth is already leading the charge on trashing local communities at the expense of development profits.”
MEDIA RELEASE - June 23, 2015 The NSW government’s redevelopment plans for Glebe’s Cowper Street do little to solve Sydney’s public and affordable housing crisis, while leaving the site’s previous tenants still waiting to hear if they can return there, said Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP.
The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is proposing to restrict the type of fuel that can be used by cruise ships docked at White Bay.
Local MP Jamie Parker MP is encouraging everyone in the community who is concerned about the air quality around the cruise terminal to support the draft regulation by making a submission before 12pm Monday 15 June.
Published June 2, 2015 - Eliza Barr, Inner West Courier Inner City
A WIDELY-PUBLICISED state government announcement to stop cruise ships from staying overnight at White Bay Terminal has been described as nothing more than an empty promise since no ships are due to dock there until Christmas.
Balmain State MP Jamie Parker said “The heart of the issue is about shore to ship power. The government still hasn’t made a firm commitment about that and this is pretty hollow in terms of addressing the real problem.”