APPOINTMENT OF CITY OF SYDNEY CAMPAIGNER AND WESTCONNEX FUNDING
2. By Councillor Vithoulkas
During February 2017, the City of Sydney advertised a 12-month contract position for a Campaigner to “work closely with the Lord Mayor, informing and working with the community and business to tackle and solve threats to our sustainable, vibrant, attractive
and liveable city.” One element of the role involved advocacy around WestConnex.
Also, if an additional $25,000 grant is given to the WestConnex Action Group (WAG) during February’s Council meeting, the total amount received by that organisation, from the City of Sydney, will total $70,000.
1. Will the City of Sydney Campaigner also raise awareness and campaign for the rights of small business owners negatively impacted by construction across the City of Sydney local government area?
2. Will funding be forthcoming to support organisations that would directly assist small business owners impacted by construction in the same way as WAG?
Answer by the Lord Mayor
This is a 12 month term position to coordinate efforts to get the best result possible on high priority issues for the city community, including measures to increase the supply of affordable housing and drive practical action on climate change.
The strongest calls from the community in both the election for the City of Sydney and the State election for the seat of Newtown have been for action against the destructive WestConnex toll road. NSW voters will have to pick up a massive $16.8 billion and rising
bill for WestConnex in their taxes, Western Sydney residents will pay further tolls for a motorway that delivers negligible benefits for a few years before it is at capacity once more and the tollway will have extraordinarily detrimental impacts on open space, congestion
and liveability for inner-Sydney.
This position will help deliver on the election commitments made to the community. With a new Premier, the seventh while I’ve been here, we have a good opportunity to get things back on track.