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A Sustainable Blue Mountains – Our Plan for the Blue Mountains 
Villages not sprawl
“We must have a Council that will protect our villages and towns from over-development.” The Greens will ensure the village character of our towns and communities are maintained. We will be an active voice for community-friendly planning that protects our built and natural heritage and puts people before profit.
Growing local businesses and local jobs
“Increasing our local jobs base will help shorten those long traffic jams.” Council has a leadership role in the local economy. Whether it is tourism or retail, hospitality or industry, Council can support local businesses to thrive.
Cycleways and footpaths
“We need to be building more cycleways and footpaths to link our villages.” Cyclists are forced to navigate roads, some heavily trafficked, some gravel. With cycle tourism so popular, The Greens plan to create cycleways to help connect our communities.
No Western Sydney Airport
“We must convince governments to invest in High Speed Rail.” The Greens are the only political party whose policy is to oppose Western Sydney Airport. Voting Green will ensure there is a strong voice on Council to oppose the airport and promote building High Speed Rail instead.
Targeting Zero Emissions
“Real action on tackling global warming has never been more important.” Make Blue Mountains Council carbon neutral by 2020 with a renewable energy target of at least 30%. The Greens-led Byron Bay Council is making policies to achieve this. Let’s beat them to it!
Caring for our community

“I want my kids to grow up in a place where they are part of a vibrant community.” The Greens will ensure Council’s support of local events and make it easier for community groups to gather in public places.

Badgerys Creek Airport will kill people and damage young people's health

Lives at risk from Airport—EIS

Despite piles of spin, denial and weasel talk throughout, the Western Sydney Airport Environmental Impact Statement could not avoid admitting future lives would be lost as a result of the airport.

The admission happens on pages 34 and 35 of the ‘Executive Summary’, amidst a lot of words about ‘acceptable risks’ from air, noise and water pollution coming from the airport and talk of ‘hospital admissions over 1,000 years’ as if to dismiss health fears. The EIS does not stipulate the exact range of its research nor the all-important connections between these factors and disease.

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Graffiti blights historic bridge


Blue Mountains Greens have called on Blue Mountains City Council to remove the graffiti defacing the historic Lennox Bridge in Glenbrook.

Greens spokesperson for the Lower Mountains Joel MacRae said, “For over a year now Lennox Bridge on Mitchell’s Pass has been covered with ugly tags and offensive graffiti.

“It is time for action to clean it up. If was at Echo Point, it would have been cleaned up immediately.”

Lennox Bridge is the oldest surviving stone arch bridge on the mainland of Australia. Designed by master stone mason David Lennox and built with convict labour in 1833, it served the traffic to western New South Wales until 1926 when the highway was re-routed.

The bridge is at the heart of the historic Mitchell Pass Precinct that includes an 1832 bridle way and the old quarry site for the bridge.

“Vandalism and neglect have made this magnificent heritage icon of the lower Mountains an absolute disgrace and a place to avoid,” said Mr MacRae.

“What does this say to visitors about our attitude to our local history? Why should they care if we don’t?”

Blue Mountains City Council officers say they are waiting for the right graffiti removal material but the Heritage Council claims they offered advice on the matter long ago.

The Conservation Management Plan 2008 for the precinct advises the Council “to check regularly for graffiti …and remove it as quickly as possible …. by solvent based (non-caustic) poultice systems that are purpose made for removal of paint from stonework” (CMP 7.17.3).

Mr MacRae said, “The Council needs to get its act together on this, erase the graffiti, clean up the whole area and upgrade the facilities so that visitors and local residents are encouraged to come and have a picnic, take photographs, go for a bushwalk and enjoy the built and natural beauty of that area.”

Mr MacRae said the security recommendations of the CMP should also be followed. “There should be regular patrols and cameras installed as a deterrent to future vandalism.

“Cleaned up, protected and promoted, Lennox Bridge could be another reason for tourists to come to the Blue Mountains,” said Mr. MacRae.


Joel MacRae  0412 469 583


Go to original article in Gazette e-edition.