Our mission is to help conserve the natural environment of the Greater Blue Mountains
and to increase awareness of the natural environment in general.
COUNCILS AND LABOR
I wrote letters to all 15 Penrith Councillors on 25-Jul-2016 on behalf of No Badgerys Creek Airport (NoBCA) asking them to review their support for Western Sydney airport, which is contingent on a curfew that is not proposed!
On Monday 8th August Penrith Council held a 'Policy Review' session, with the public in attendance. Councillor Maurice Girotto, a member of NoBCA, put forward a motion that Penrith Council should:
Penrith Council voted 8-6 not to hold forums. Councillor Ross Fowler said at the meeting that the Federal Government had a mandate to build the airport (I guess he missed the fact that every seat around the airport is now with Labor).
HILLS SHIRE COUNCIL
At the Hills Shire Council meeting of 9-Aug-2016, six 'silent protestors' attended, taped their mouths to signify loss of free speech, and turned their backs whenever the Mayor addressed the meeting. An interesting and effective protest that generated some media:
On Saturday 13-Aug-2016 Susan Templeman held a Community Forum at the Springwood Hub, with Bill Shorten, Emma Husar (Member for Lindsay) and Senator Doug Cameron in attendance. The forum was so well attended that it was moved from the smaller hall to the theatre. The photo shows half the crowd!
I am told the Airport was a major discussion point. Bill Shorten made it plain that Labor support for the airport is about the promised jobs, and that if they don't 'stack up' their position may be reviewed. He also gave consider-able attention to the High Speed Rail option, so I guess our activity has had an impact. Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill presented Bill Shorten with a copy of the Council submission on the draft EIS, which he believes is an eloquent dismissal of the proposal.
The campaign is not over! The airport has not been built! We keep working!
© Ross Coster