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In NSW, Local Government Election Day is 8th September. Have your say on your community.

This is important because local governments have a significant say on their local development. If you are opposed to NIMBYism then this is the election!

My local electorate is Willoughby. Both candidates want high rises in Chatswood CBD while keeping the rest of North Shore to remain leafy.
 

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I wonder how far into the future both candidates are looking because all of the big projects in Chatswood are either under construction or about to be released for sale. Where will the next batch of skyscrapers be?

I'm in North Sydney and the candidates mirror each other on policy. All of them agree that 'new life' needs to be breathed into the North Sydney CBD but don't really offer substantial ideas or a change in policy (more pop up events based ideas as opposed to bricks and mortar ideas).
 

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City of Sydney: it is seriously depressing as Clover Moore looks downright progressive compared to the other candidates most of whom seem to think they are living in a fantasy memory of the 1960s or some place imagined out of Jane Austen, or are ignorant, addle-headed johnny one notes, every single one of them with absolutely NO concept of townplanning or architecture or of Sydney as a significant international city, a major financial centre and a city of over 4½ million people.

I am opposed to not casting a vote but what the hell am I supposed to do?! (plaintive wail to the heavens!!)
 

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I wonder how far into the future both candidates are looking because all of the big projects in Chatswood are either under construction or about to be released for sale. Where will the next batch of skyscrapers be?
Between Thomas Street and Alvert Ave are ripe for developments. It's now mostly car parks. Then on the Eastern side, developments can go all the way to Oscar Street. The car stores along Pacific Highway are zoned for development. I'm getting my source from Willoughby Council zoning map.

http://mapping.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/exponare/planning-maps.html
 

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Living in Ryde... I am going to carefully pick councillors who are not against the Civic Centre development. This council is melting down over that issue, with a battle between pro-development and NIMBY councillors.

I am opposed to not casting a vote but what the hell am I supposed to do?! (plaintive wail to the heavens!!)
Brizer for Mayor! Might as well run yourself given the quality of the other candidates. ;)

Your other choice includes Communist Party of Australia, Socialist Alliance & the Sex Party. Pick one. :p

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51694
Sex Party is the lesser evil, they have an admirable libertarian mindset.

Green left. Goodness.


The team has come together to challenge City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s pro-corporate development stance. It is also championing public housing and human rights over pro-development and big business.

The City of Sydney faces a housing crisis. An urban development report said that between 2009 and 2011 the metropolitan area had a housing shortfall of 33,000 homes. But Moore’s council plans to demolish public housing and force low-income communities out of the area to make way for expensive private high-rise towers.


Right, the anti-development party that wants more housing, what??? :doh:
 

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Your other choice includes Communist Party of Australia, Socialist Alliance & the Sex Party. Pick one. :p

http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/51694
I rest my case, m'lord!
Not a single viable option:
Communist Party has blotted its copybook in a big way some time ago;
Socialist Alliance is too busy infighting and opposing any development of any scale, type or colour;
Sex Party just leaves an unholy mess, a huge hangover and multiple regrets of the 'what was I thinking?!' variety.

No architects, townplanners, progressives, business experienced people, no forward thinkers of any sort.
Most of the social networking, environment, community issues are actually already well catered for but for the upper, broader, aesthetic, practical level of city development we have NOTHING!

[another cri de coeur rises to the Sydney skies]
 

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Moore mobilises an army of cyclists to vote for her:



Moore's popularity is so great that Mandla, and his side-kick Christine Forster, Tony Abbott's gay sister, who is number two on the ticket, are not really running as serious candidates for mayor or deputy, although they say they are. Rather, they are presenting as candidates for an effective opposition to put some check on Moore's absolute power. "The council has become a dictatorship," says Forster, who says Moore is concentrating too much on her vision of a "Sustainable Sydney" by 2030 rather than practical problems today.

For the big end of town, the often petty local politics pursued by mayoral candidates detract from the broader picture. "Sydney is a big city trying to get out of a little city," says Tim Williams, the chief executive of thinktank Committee for Sydney. Williams, who was one of Britain's leading planners in urban renewal and a senior adviser to London lord mayors "red" Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnson, his Tory arch-rival. In an interview with Inquirer, Williams tries to steer clear of talking about individual candidates too much, but his views are pretty clear from a blog he wrote for a British audience. He describes Moore as "Sydney's equivalent of Ken Livingstone", adding "there is no equivalent of Boris Johnson in Christendom".

Williams likes some of what Moore has done, such as redeveloping inner-CBD lanes into lively restaurant and entertainment venues. He is impressed by her support for an expanded light rail network. But the broad strategic vision of building Sydney higher and bigger is lacking, he says. "We have not built many taller buildings in the last 10 years." He says Sydney is losing its productivity as an internationally competitive centre of professional services.
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/nat...reen-tinged-wake/story-fn59niix-1226452791314
 

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This will be my first local council vote in years. Previously I have lived in Wollongong and Port Macquarie. Both councils had been sacked.
Current Wyong council is good; far better than Gosford. The Entrance developments, Sister Cities with Pudong (Shanghai), Chinese theme park on the way and a recent increase in height limits in Wyong township. If the approve the Westfield expansion before the election, they will have won my vote.
 

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In the City of Sydney, Angela Vithoulkas and the Living Sydney Party are possibly the skyscraper and development lovers' best bet. She's very pro-business and feels the City needs to be focused on residents *and* business - she says that at the moment, the City is only doing the former (and even that not particularly well, in her opinion). She consistently notes that business provides 70% of council's revenue, and therefore should have a much greater say at Town Hall.

She seems to feel she has a good chance of toppling Clover. I find that prospect highly unlikely, but I reckon she's got a good chance of getting a seat on Council.
 

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Just voted in the pre-polls 2 days ago, and voted for Peter Blackmore to be retained as Maitland Mayor.
The main issues here relate to transport and infrastructure in a booming regional population, and hopefully the current situation can push the agenda with the NSW State government as well.
Voted Country Labor in the local ward section - but have never investigated what these sub-sections actually mean?
 

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Porn star Zahra Stardust in Sydney Lord Mayor race
THE City of Sydney lord mayoral campaign is about to get steamy as adult entertainer Zahra Stardust whips up her campaign.

Ms Stardust - a long-term member of the Sex Party and feminist porn star - is no stranger to the political world, having run for the senate in the 2010 federal election.

With three degrees under her garter and having worked for the UN, Ms Stardust said her campaign would be based on improving human rights and ensuring civil liberties.

"The Sex Party is a party that I am really passionate about," Ms Stardust said.

"Some of the platforms for my campaign include preventing the government's plan for internet censorship, equal access to reproduction technologies, introducing laws that don't discriminate against groups, a comprehensive sex education curriculum, and decriminalising abortion."

Ms Stardust said she would also like to re-evaluate the zoning rules for sex industry businesses throughout the city.

With six out of the eight registered candidates for Sydney lord mayor being female, Ms Stardust hopes more females will move into positions of power.

"We need a bit of pink in politics," she said. "Often in parliament we have white, male, middle-aged Christian bodies and I think these people are not necessarily the best choice for the voice of the city and it is essential we have people from different cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities being represented."
http://inner-west-courier.whereilive.com.au/news/story/porn-star-zahra-stardust-in-sydney-lord-mayor-race/
 

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Does anyone actually bother voting in local elections? Surely you don't want to be responsible for giving these local pricks votes now do you? I usually wouldn't but I am actually going to vote for Zahra Stardust. I like sluts and whores and there should be more in power. It demonstrates the sort of lengths they will go to to enjoy sex, or make money.
 

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Here she is.


Ohh and the policies...
http://www.sexparty.org.au/Party-Info/sex-party-nsw-local-government-policies.html


Nightlife - A 24-hour diverse and vibrant city.

Support a diverse and vibrant nightlife in order to maximise social freedom and as a means to combat alcohol-related crime.
- A planning strategy which promotes a variety of late-night social choices, including restaurants, cafes, entertainment venues, shopping and exhibitions.

- 24-hour public transport on weekends.

- Better street lighting in nightlife hotspots.

- No blanket lock-out or curfew.


Transport - An integrated transport plan for Sydney.

Public transport must be the priority in the city.
Bus transit corridors through the city.
Support light rail options through the city and to the universities.
Cycleways properly integrated to add value to the transport and pedestrian networks.
Study methods to reduce vehicle traffic in the city.

Accountability - Improved integrity, accountability and transparency for Council

Establish an independent Internal Ombudsman to oversee the integrity of Council.
Increase efforts to stamp out corruption and maladministration.
Live web broadcast of all Council meetings.
Increase the use of social media for community involvement in decision making.
Better use of Council's assets for investment in the city.

Nothing on development or improving Sydney's standing as an international city. But, cycleways, nightlife and trams! So pretty much, a porn star version of Clover Moore. :dunno:
 
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