My name is Irene Doutney. I’m your Greens representative on City of Sydney Council, having first been elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2012.
My main aim on Council is to move our city in a more innovative and socially just direction, particularly in relation to the disadvantaged, the environment and the cohesion of our communities. A just and sustainable future and a city for everyone is my focus.
I am a resident of Sydney, born in Kings Cross – and am currently a public-housing tenant in Redfern. I have been active in my local community as a member of the management committee of the local community centre and the coordinating group of REDWatch, the local resident action group.
I have degrees in History and Fine Art and have worked in the theatre, museums and parliament. The issues of biggest concern to me are:
*Housing – a fair go for public housing tenants and support for the homeless to get back on their feet.
*Communities in Control – ensuring that decisions made by Council reflect the will of the community through genuine participation by residents and businesses, rather than simply informing people once decisions have been made.
*Development – making sure that the excessive influence property developers have over both major political parties doesn’t result in inappropriate development within the City of Sydney.
*Biodiversity – protecting the amazing array of life that exists in our country, both in natural, wild places and in the highly modified landscapes of our urban environments.
*LGBTI – end the discrimination that sadly still pervades parts of our society today and make sure that we have a city for everyone, where people of all orientations feel safe anywhere they go.
*Aboriginal issues – ensuring that Aboriginal Australians have access to all the resources that the population of a wealthy nation like ours take for granted.
I’ll be using this website to keep the community informed about the goings on of Council and about the campaigns I’m involved in, and I welcome your feedback.
I can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 9265 9812.