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New Push For Skaters

      Published March 30, 2016 - Deborah FitzGerald Balmain State Greens MP Jamie Parker said as a strong supporter of a skate park he would "try to untangle the mess and help deliver the project." There is a push to have the decision to reject a plan for a skate park in Callan Park overturned. Leichhardt Council has called for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Heritage, Mark Speakman, to discuss the reasons for refusal and how to progress the project.

High powered summit offers constructive way forward

MEDIA RELEASE – February 15, 2016Commenting after Monday’s successful and informative summit which called for the Powerhouse Museum to remain in Ultimo, the summit host Jamie Parker MP said he was optimistic the government will genuinely consider the recommendations.“Around the table was a  formidable group of eminent museum professionals, academics, small business owners and community representatives, and there was enormous goodwill and enthusiasm for working with the government,” said Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain.

Local sporting grants - applications close 11 Feb

Applications for the NSW Government's Local Sport Grant Program close on Thursday 11 February 2016. All applications must be made online and late applications are not accepted.Jamie is a keen and strong advocate for sporting clubs in the Balmain electorate and broader inner west, and remains passionately committed to ensuring, in action not just words, that we have more quality sporting fields and  active recreation in our local area to meet both current and future demand. Increasing participation in sport and active recreation has significant benefits for individuals and the whole community. Grants are available to incorporated, non-profit sports clubs. There are four grant categories.

Greens MPs say Parra Rd light rail is a winner

MEDIA RELEASE - January 29, 2016Welcoming news that Sydney University has added its weight behind the campaign for light rail along Parramatta Road, the two local state members said the Liberal State Government needed to meet community expectations and jump into the 21st century with its transport planning.Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, said the campaign for light rail along Parramatta Road has been one of his key priorities since we launched the Parramatta Road light rail campaign in 2013.

Out of date canteen guidelines puts kids' health at risk

MEDIA RELEASE - January 28, 2016As children across the State head back to school today, Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, blasted the delay in updating NSW public school canteen guidelines as indefensible.“The start of the school year is the perfect opportunity to put a new broom through the dusty, old canteen guidelines,” said Mr Parker.“NSW has fallen behind and as a consequence is failing the health of children now and in the future. To be so out of step with national and international standards is unacceptable, and raises questions whether the government is under the thumb of “big sugar” companies.

Forced council mergers antithesis of democracy

MEDIA RELEASE - January 25, 2016The State Government is thumbing its nose at local communities by pushing ahead with its proposal to force the amalgamation of Leichhardt, Marrickville and Ashfield councils.Defending the rights of Inner West residents to have a say in the future of their council, Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, said he would be working with community volunteers to deliver information to all local residents encouraging submissions to the Council Boundary Review.


MEDIA RELEASE - January 21, 2016In welcoming today’s announcement that an additional 90 peak-hour services per week would be added to the Inner West Light Rail, Jamie Parker MP, Member for Balmain, said the extra capacity provides the perfect opportunity for the long-awaited inclusion of light rail in the School Student Transport Scheme [SSTS].“The Government has so far refused - due to capacity issues on the Inner West line - to allow students to use SSTS on light rail even if it is their most direct route to and from school,” said Mr Parker."However there is now no excuse for the Government to continue to exclude school student travel on the light rail.

Campaign to save the Powerhouse steps up

MEDIA RELEASE - January 5, 2016As part of the ongoing campaign to save the Powerhouse Museum, Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, is organising a summit of eminent museum professionals and academics to highlight the Government’s pathetic proposal to relocate the museum to Parramatta.“The summit of museum professionals and academics will expose the flawed  government agenda in proposing to sell purpose-built museum facilities,” said Mr Parker.

Much loved venue faces final curtain

PUBLIC RALLY 2:30PM SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER MEDIA RELEASE - December 7, 2015For ten years the Archway 1 Theatre Company and Art Studio has been operating from beneath the heritage-listed light rail viaduct in Annandale. Since 2012 the theatre has staged performances ranging from Satre and Orwell, as well as providing dance and acting classes. Archway 1 has been a bastion of our community’s arts scene.But plans by the City of Sydney to redevelop the surrounding parklands and open up the viaduct mean Archway 1 now faces eviction. In a particularly cynical move, the City has issued the order to vacate for the day before a widely advertised public rally.“It is disappointing that the City of Sydney is not respecting the enormous contribution this organisation has played and realise the benefit it brings to the whole community,” says Greens MP Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain.

Balmain Tigers: council submissions close today

Submissions on the development application close Friday 4 December 2015 so please make sure you have your say. The developer is back with a new proposal for two towers of eight and twelve storeys, 135 apartments, 369 car spaces, large retail area, a proposed pedestrian bridge over Victoria Road. There is also space for the leagues club, but at market rent! It is yet another over-development of the site that will lead to traffic gridlock, ruin our high street retail and monster the surrounding residents. MAKE YOUR SUBMISSION HERE BEFORE 4PM FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER

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