Monthly Archives: June 2015

Randwick Council resolves to support retention of College Street Cycleway – 24th June 2015

UPDATE 26th June 2015:

Large numbers turn out in the Sydney CBD for this morning’s bike rider protest over the imminent closure of the College Street Cycleway.

Visit the ABC site for photos and coverage of this morning’s event.


24th June 2015:

Last night Randwick Council agreed to Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s urgent request that it oppose the looming closure of the popular College Street Cycleway in neighbouring City of Sydney Council.

The College Street Cycleway - Sydney CBD

The College Street Cycleway feeding into the Sydney CBD faces imminent closure. (image from

The Council resolved:

“That on behalf of local cyclists who wish to commute safely within the CBD, Randwick Council as a matter of urgency write to the NSW Government calling on it to honor The City of Sydney’s contract with the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) by not commencing the College Street Cycleway Removal until after the new Castlereagh Street Cycleway has been completed and is operational.”
(Resolution to Greens Councillor Murray Matson’s matter of urgent business, Randwick City Council, 23rd June 2015)

This Friday, 26th June, supporters of the College Street Cycleway will stage a bike riders protest in the Sydney CBD

“On Friday we will show the government what it looks like to push cyclists into the peak. In both the morning we will gather at 8am at the south eastern corner of Hyde Park, corner of Liverpool and College, before taking all traffic lanes heading north until we arrive at Martin Place. In the evening we will gather again at Martin Place at 5:30pm, filling all the lanes heading south, before turning up Oxford St and filling the bus lane up to Taylor Square.”
(Save the College Street Cycleway facebook page)

Renewable Energy Target shock: Labor and the Coalition have ganged up to both reduce Australia’s RET and to burn native forests as a way of achieving it – 24th June 2015

Last night Australia’s federal parliament agreed to a Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten deal that will see job potential forgone in the renewable sector and native forests burnt as a climate change measure – seriously!

“They voted for legislation that not only tears apart our Renewable Energy Target, puts our ‪#‎climate‬ at risk but that chops down and burns up our native forests and calls it clean energy. ‪#‎NotRenewable‬” (Greens Senator Larissa Waters)

Labor and the Tony Abbott agree to burn native forrests and reduce Australia's Renewable Energy Target.

Labor and the Coalition have ganged up to reduce Australia’s RET and to burn native forests in its name.

Pope Francis calls it as the Climate Change scientists see it while Abbott plays to senate cross bench paranoias about wind farms – 19th June 2015

Can Australian political leaders ignore the Pope’s moral direction to look seriously at climate change?

Climate Change…represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day
– Pope Francis, 18th June 2015.

The Pope’s global intervention comes on the same day Prime Minister Tony Abbott sets up a wind farm commissioner to undermine alternative energy.

The Australian Greens support an Australian renewable energy target (RET) that’s in line with the science: 40-50% by 2025, 40-50% by 2030 and net-zero pollution by 2040. Will you add your voice and take the #ParisPledge?

Pope Francis speaks on climate change

“Climate Change…represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day” – Pope Francis

Renewable energy and Don Quixote : Another day, another Prime Ministerial attack on wind farms – 12th June 2015

This time PM Tony Abbott has directly linked wind farms as a justification for the recent Labor and Liberal party agreement to cut Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET)

“Frankly it’s right and proper we’ve reduced the Renewable Energy Target because as things stood there was going to be an explosion of these things right around our country,” Mr Abbott warned ABC political reporter James Glenday today.

Is Prime Minister Tony Abbott channeling Don Quixote in his dark fear of wind turbines?

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is disturbed by wind turbines while visiting Rottnest Island off Western Australia.

While it is difficult to understand how a high Renewable Energy Target will cause wind turbines to explode, it is clear that our Prime Minister draws inspiration from fictional historical figure Don Quixote who was equally obsessed by the threat of big windy things that turn silently above you.

The ABC explaination is that our Prime Minister was once offended by one on Rottnest Island off the coast of Western Australia.

Renewable Energy Target: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott declares war on his countries wind farms – 11th June 2015

According to Greens Senator Larrisa Waters, our PM Tony Abbott made a comment this morning revealing the fervor with which he wants to wage war on domestic alternative energy production from wind farms.

Senator Waters reported the latest gaffe as follows,

“It’s not exactly surprising, but the Prime Minister came right out and said it this morning — PM Abbott does not like clean energy. For months, the Prime Minister has been pretending that his deal with the Labor Party to grind down our Renewable Energy Target was somehow ‘necessary’ to give the industry certainty.”

“But this morning PM Abbott made it crystal clear that his intention is not to give our renewable energy industry certainty, but to destroy it.”

Senator Waters wants the graphic above shared accross social media before parliamentary debate resumes on “the Liberal – Labor deal to slash our RET reaches the Senate on Monday”.

IPART will carry out of NSW Government’s forced Council amalgamation agenda at a cracking rate – 9th June 2015

Local Councils around NSW are recoiling at the speed with which the State Government’s clear forced Council amalgamation agenda is being pushed through IPART.

IPART was appointed by the Government as an expert panel to assess submissions from the Councils in which they are obliged to prove that they are “Fit For The Future“.

The deadline for submissions is June the 30th this year.