Monday’s Council meeting saw the public gallery packed with anxious Millers Point tenants. In the face of eviction these tenants are passionate about their community and they were keen to let Council know at the April meeting. There was a long debate around the Lord Mayoral Minute that committed Council to call on the NSW Government to stop the eviction of residents and the sale of their homes, and to fund legal assistance for residents via the Redfern Legal Centre. The Liberal Councillors raised a number of procedural objections and tried to hold up the motion. I spoke in support of the motion and highlighted the Government’s history of neglect where these residents are concerned. Since the beginning of my time on Council I have worked with these residents to get even the most basic maintenance done to their properties. They have been treated with contempt by Housing NSW only to be finally shown the door. It is a great shame that our Government departments are able to treat people this way. You can download a copy of my speech here. I was proud to hear a number of my fellow Councillors speak out against this short sighted move by the O’Farrell Government.
Following the Lord Mayoral Minute, Cr Foster withdrew her Notice of Motion that called on the City to support the transition process for the residents.
I am looking forward to working with the Millers Point Community Defence Group to save their homes and our City’s heritage. My Greens colleagues Jamie Parker MP and Jenny Leong, Candidate for Newtown, were present at the debate and I know that the residents have their full support.
Later in the meeting my Notice of Motion regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership was supported by my fellow councillors. We don’t yet have the full details of what is being traded away behind closed doors between the Trade Minister, the United States and representatives of other Pacific nations, however, it could have very real consequences for local government and for the community. You can read the motion and the amendment that was carried here. You can also keep up to date with the TPP campaign at the AFTINET website.