MEDIA RELEASE - May 29, 2015 Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, has welcomed plans for more community consultation on the development of Parramatta Road after the release of a flawed feedback report.
“Any redevelopment of the Parramatta Road corridor must be shaped by the needs and concerns of the communities living around it. So far, the government and its development arm, UrbanGrowth NSW, have only paid lip service to community consultation,” said Mr Parker.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 29, 2014 The release on Friday of UrbanGrowth NSW’s community feedback report on its Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Strategy demonstrates the urgent need for improved pedestrian, cycling and public transport facilities along the congested corridor.
“Unsurprisingly one of the key themes is transport, and making it easier and safer for people to move around,” says Greens MP Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain.
“However the relatively flimsy report demonstrates an overwhelming concern in the community about the lack of long-term planning.
MEDIA RELEASE - May 28, 2015 Earlier this week the NSW Port Authority announced that effective immediately there will be a suspension of overnight visits of cruise ships at White Bay.
“Whilst this voluntary moratorium is welcome, it raises serious concerns about the Government’s commitment to phase out dirty high sulphur bunker fuel from 1 July this year,” said Greens MP Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain.
Uncertainty about the future of Callan Park, in the city's inner west, is set to intensify following Sydney University's refusal to rule out the withdrawal of its College of the Arts from a cluster of historic sandstone buildings inside the park.
...State member for Balmain, Greens MP Jamie Parker, called on the minister to take action, saying the government has left the 60 hectare harbourside site in limbo and needs to respond to a master plan for the park which Leichhardt Council drew up nearly four years ago.
He will move a motion in state parliament next week urging the establishment of a long-awaited trust to run the park and adoption of the master plan's core principles
Published May 17, 2015 - Kirsty Needham, State Political editor, Sun-Herald
A Chinese fishing and real estate conglomerate will make a $3 billion bid to redevelop Blackwattle Bay under the Baird government's Bays Precinct transformation.
..The Greens MP for Balmain, Jamie Parker, said a transport plan was needed before public land was sold off to private interests.
"People are right to be cautious of 'consultation' where government has already identified sites for high density housing development, yet can't identify public open space, sporting fields and community facilities," Mr Parker said.
"Sydneysiders were sold the sunny vision of public waterfront parklands and community facilities at Barangaroo, but the reality has turned out to be high rise and high rollers."
Published May 16,2015 - Sean Nicholls, SMH State Political editor
Former deputy premier Andrew Stoner announced changes to a visa program that it is claimed were "potentially favourable" to private funds, including a Sydney bank he went on to work for after leaving politics.
..Mr Parker said Premier Mike Baird must refer Mr Stoner's code of conduct breach to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for investigation.
The former deputy premier of New South Wales is being accused of breaching parliamentary rules in accepting a job with an investment bank.
The Greens said Andrew Stoner should be referred to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) because he did not seek advice from the ethics adviser before taking up the role with Moelis Australia, a company which he had dealt with while in government.
Greens MP Jamie Parker said he believed Mr Stoner had breached the Ministerial Code of Conduct.
Published May 15, 2015 - Sean Nicholls, State Political editor
Former deputy premier Andrew Stoner breached the ministerial code of conduct by failing to seek ethical advice before taking a job at an investment bank that he had dealings with as minister for trade and investment.
The revelation has prompted a call for Premier Mike Baird to refer Mr Stoner to the Independent Commission Against Corruption for investigation of the breach.
..The NSW Greens' anti-corruption spokesman, Balmain MP Jamie Parker, said the revelations were "enormously troubling".
"The community needs to be assured that ministers are not taking unfair advantage of their public office positions," he said.
"If Premier Baird is serious about having 'zero tolerance for corruption', then he must refer this matter immediately to the ICAC to investigate."