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Better Community Engagement

Ensure genuine public participation, and start reflecting community consultation in the City’s decision-making.

There have been numerous instances where the City of Sydney have completely disregarded community feedback.

From the pop-up cycleways, to the Erskineville Community Garden and the Moore Park Golf  Course, I will ensure Council conducts genuine consultation with residents, rather than the typical "box-ticking" exercises we've seen again and again over the years.

In the time I have been a councillor for the city, approaching almost five years, I have created a set of policies to achieve my vision for better community consultation in our city. Take a look.

In order to ensure better community engagement, we must:

  • Ensure genuine public participation, and start reflecting community consultation in the City’s decision-making.

    • Stop paying lip service to community consultation, and genuinely reflect feedback in the City’s decision making.

    • End the gridlock in the City’s planning processes. Aim to streamline the approval process for permits and DA’s while maintaining standards

    • Make walking and cycling easier and safer by connecting disjointed segregated bike routes, analysing and recalibrating crosswalk timings

    • Conduct an urgent review of any existing pop-up cycleways that were implemented under emergency COVID19 legislation without public consultation or comprehensive safety or impact audits, including transport and neighbourhood impact studies.

    • Ensure every proposed future cycleway has a full safety, design & impact audit with genuine consultation for residents, cyclists and businesses.

    • Get back to basics by cleaning footpaths, collecting garbage, repairing roads and footpaths, and controlling rat populations.

    • Work with Ausgrid, NBNCo and other utilities to avoid the chronic problem of streets, paving and footpaths being dug up multiple times