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COUNCILLOR CRAIG CHUNG

 
Community Newsletter
The Great Moore Park Golf Course Robbery

Have you heard that Clover is campaigning to strip away half of Moore Park Golf Course and in the process is spending $50,000 of ratepayers money for consultation on her proposal?

This is not a new idea. Clover attempted to do the same thing back in 2016 to boost her election campaign. This time she is using the excuse of COVID to divide the community over open space. Rather than be inclusive of all sports, Clover is throwing barbs at those in the community who enjoy a game of golf. Using words like “Elite” sport and “exclusive” club to divide the community, Clover is showing her real hand as a person hell bent on dividing the community for her own gain.

MPGC is one of the few public championship courses in Sydney and in fact was set up to provide a championship course for the working class of Sydney. Just stand on the 1st tee to watch tradies and everyday workers roll up every afternoon for a round on this famous course.

We should not have to decide which recreation is prioritised over the other, Moore Park Golf Course only makes up a small portion of the Centennial Parklands and it should not have to be ripped away from the community. It doesn’t have to be either/or. Its just that Clover wants to make us think it is.


Consultation has been extended to the 22nd of December, I urge you to have your say
STOP THE PRESS
The Minister for Public Places and Planning, Rob Stokes has vocalised his support to retain the 18 hole course!  This a sensible outcome for the community. Read the article below

Traffic Calming in Park Street

I have been working with a group of residents from Park Street, Erskineville who have raised concerns about an increase in volume and speed of traffic down their residential road since the installation of the Henderson Road cycleway.

Every time I visit Park Street I have a sense of déjà vu. Remember
Trucks of Maddox Street Alexandria? Like Maddox Street, Park street is also a 3 Tonne weight limited road yet there are overweight vehicles rat running down the street. Much like Maddox street, the volume of rat-running traffic is causing safety and amenity concerns. Just imagine your quiet suburban street turned into a high speed high volume traffic street – all as a consequence of the cycleway.

Consultation is currently underway to make the Henderson Road pop up cycleway permanent. I am not opposed to cycleways in our City but we must address the impact these cycleways have on surrounding streets first.


My motion to Council to implement traffic calming measures has been successful. I moved that Council take immediate steps to reinstate Park Street as a quiet residential street and reduce some of the impacts that residents are experiencing, including removing speed cushions which are having unintended impacts, making speed and weight limit signage more visible and more frequent patrolling for heavy vehicle usage.

I have also requested that City staff respond to community suggestions and to report back to Council within two months on the process for community consultation and feedback into those longer term traffic calming measures for Park St.
 
I will keep on top of the progress of the traffic calming proposals and keep residents informed. 

WiFi in the City of Sydney

Since 2015, Councillors have been requesting for the City to provide free public WiFi in Sydney. WiFi has become an integral part of the way people conduct business, connect with each other and stay informed and it should be a priority to provide this in a global city. 

In recent years, Inner West, Waverley and Woollahra councils have all introduced free WiFi in key precincts and Sydney has been dragging behind however,
 I am pleased to announce that the City will finally be looking implementing free public WiFi by mid 2021. 

I am really pleased that I could bring this important motion to Sydney and I will update you as soon as we receive more information. 

Erskineville Community Garden

The Lord Mayor has used her casting vote to allow staff to explore how Erko Road Community Garden can be flogged off for high density development. 

Clover loves to project this image of being an open space champion (eg. stealing half of Moore Park Golf Course) but then wants to rip up a community garden for housing?

I support a diverse range of green open space that can be used by different groups in our community. Community gardens are more than just a recreation spot, they are community connectors and important for physical and mental health - quite apart from cooling effect, carbon sink and other environmental benefits.

I moved a motion to protect the Erko Community Garden from being flogged off for development. Unsurprisingly (and with no sense of irony) the Lord Mayor used her casting vote to vote down the motion. I will continue to persevere on this matter and ensure that the community is appropriately consulted before any of the garden is sold off to the highest bidder.

Telstra Payphones - Big win for Sydney

Last year, I raised the issue of Telstra payphones with massive billboards popping up all over our city without development approval. My motion resulted in Sydney joining the battle in the Federal Court with Melbourne and Brisbane. Telstra was trying to use its universal service obligation to roll out 300 payphones in the CBD of Sydney wherever it liked and without any planning approval whatsoever.
 
Telstra claimed the massive installations (you know the payphones with the oversized digital billboard) are a "low impact installation" and didn't need approval. The real reason Telstra was trying to install so many payphones was so it could roll out its massive billboards on the back of them - how many payphones calls do you reckon are made in the Sydney CBD?
 
Great news for Sydney. Telstra has lost its long-running dispute over JCDecaux's upgrade of its payphone network after a Federal Court ruled in favour of several city councils across the country
A sensible outcome and a win against corporate steamrolling.


You can read more about it HERE
Sydney Streetlevel Mission

I recently popped down to the Sydney Streetlevel Mission site in Waterloo to attend 'Coffee Connect'.

Coffee Connect is a way for the community to come together for a catch up in a Covid-safe way. This is a great idea by the Streetlevel team to keep connected to the community whilst they move towards fully reopening.

I enjoyed touching base with everyone and I look forward to visiting the Surry Hills site next.

You can see some of the wonderful work Streetlevel do
HERE

Chinese Senior Citizens

It's been a tough year for most people but for seniors, the lockdowns and isolation has meant not seeing family and friends, not being able to socialise with our network, not being able to continue volunteering as well as having to manage exercise, physical and mental health whilst staying safe from COVID.

That's why it was such an exciting day to visit Chinese Senior Citizens for their first big outing. The chatter, excitement and relief for the sell out lunch was palpable. Lets hope we can continue to stay safe and get out and about during the summer season.

Watch:
December 2020 Council Wrap
Moore Park Golf Course
Save Erskineville Community Garden
If you have any issues or concerns within the City of Sydney, feel free to contact me at cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au 

Kind regards,
Craig

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What's On

The Rocks Christmas Markets 
WHEN: Friday - Sunday until 24 December
WHERE: Playfair Street, The Rocks
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Aboriginal Bush Tucker Morning Tea at the Garden
WHEN: Fridays and Sundays 10am - 11:15 am
WHERE: The Royal Botanic Garden
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Interactive Swinging Bells at Darling Square
WHEN: Until 25 December
WHERE: Little Hay Street, Haymarket

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Contact Councillor Craig Chung:
cchung@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
P: +612 9246 7375 | M: +61 412 605 597

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