Community Newsletter

Wayside Chapel

I popped down to Wayside Chapel to chat to the frontline team and hear how they have adapted their operations in response to covid19 with assistance from the City of Sydney COVID relief grant.

George and Dylan were part of the drop-in team however they have now pivoted to community outreach, visiting people in their homes or on the street and providing essential items and any other support.

It is great to hear that there is collaboration between agencies during this time, I hope that it can continue after this period.

Watch THIS VIDEO to hear from the frontline team about how their operations have changed.

Henderson Rd and Moore Park Rd Pop-up Cycleway

In May, the Lord Mayor brought Council a proposal from her and the Transport Minister to install pop-up cycleways to assist people getting around Sydney during the COVID-19 crisis. Councillors were assured that there would be minimal disruption to residents and almost no loss of parking.
After receiving a deluge of correspondence from locals, I inspected the Moore Park Road location and Henderson Road site to see for myself. I was shocked with the way the Henderson Road “pop-up” cycleway has been rolled out and I am alarmed at the proposed loss of over 118 parking spots on Moore Park Road.
This is not about whether we should or shouldn’t have a cycleway but how the lack of consultation and significant impact on the local community has really damaged the trust relationship between the community and the Lord Mayor and Council.
I hosted public meetings at both Moore Park Road and Henderson Road for residents and businesses to raise their concerns. Both groups were disappointed with the lack of consultation before the commencement of construction, the lack of information supplied such as site plans and construction diagrams and the loss of parking. Both groups also expressed concerns for the safety of residents, restricted access to businesses and properties and the lack of alternative places to park. Residents on Park Street in Erskineville were additionally concerned for the increasing amount of car and trucks rat running through their street, which is a 3-tonne weight limited road and does not currently have any traffic calming measures in place. Residents have also called for more traffic ranger presence in this area to prevent overweight vehicles using Park Street and to manage the 2 hour timed parking on Henderson Road.

The community has continued to support cycling and do not want a wedge driven between them and users of cycleways – this is about massive disruption and lack of transparency and honesty from the Lord Mayor. My urgent motion about Henderson Road was rejected by the Lord Mayor’s team and Councillor Forster’s Motion about Moore Park Road was pushed to a later date by the Lord Mayor.
I am continuing to liaise with Council staff, Police, RMS and the Transport Ministers office to mitigate the issues caused by these pop-up cycleways.

Grand Days

It was great to pop in to Grand Days at Woolloomoooloo to catch up with Tamara and Tom and see the progress of their exciting renovations.

With help from the City of Sydney Small Business Grant, Tom and Tamara are revamping their space to evolve into a multi-purpose venue providing vintage fashion, books, live music and events (+ more). I cannot wait to see the final product soon!

See more of what they offer HERE

PUG Mens Shed

It was great to see the blokes from the Pyrmont Ultimo Glebe (PUG) Mens Shed today. Covid19 is just another bump in the road for them that they are dealing with. Plans are well under way to open the shed back up to the whole team. COVID safety plans, health plans, sanitiser dispensers, new floor layout - all just in a days work for the shed. All this while a new, long awaited, dust extractor is being installed. I love a team that is resilient and just gets on with looking after each other and the community. 

Emperors Garden Restaurant

I caught up with Valentine Yee from Emperor's Garden Restaurant to chat about how he has adapted to the covid19 crisis. Switching to home delivery has helped sustain business temporarily but it has also inspired Valentine to continue offering it as a service once the crisis subsides.

Watch the video to find out more!

*Apologies for the sound issues (microphone was a bit rusty after some time off) that we tried to cover with music - it has since been fixed

Eastside FM

It was great to catch up with Eric Gyors on Eastside Radio chatting about life post-covid and planning for the future.

Click the link and tune in from the 99 minute mark to have a listen HERE

May Council Meeting Wrap
Sydney Skate Park update
My appearance on The Drum 18 June 2020
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