Kylea shares her week
Week 22: We, the community, will no longer be ignored
I’ve been on the edge of my seat all week, watching results come in from the Willoughby by-election. With nearly 1 in 5 former Liberal supporters now swinging towards Independent Larissa Penn, the state government has been dealt a clear message: We, the community, will no longer be ignored.
Saturday’s outcome was a huge vote of no confidence for the Northern Beaches and Western Harbour Tunnels. From the outset, these projects have been yet another example of short-term thinking – using infrastructure approaches from the 1960s to plan for tomorrow. Frustratingly, North Sydney will pay the price with more traffic congestion on our streets, more air pollution around our schools and the loss of 15,000 sqm of green space from our parks and reserves.
The North Sydney area has always been seen as a green belt around the CBD and Sydney Harbour but the grim reality is, green spaces being cleared all across the state. We need to do better when it comes to long term planning for our community.
It's time we start approaching major infrastructure projects like these differently - with transparency, community consultation, sustainability and integrity at the heart of them. As I said on ABC 702 earlier this week, the tunnel projects need to be suspended until there is proper consultation about their impacts on the North Sydney community.
Our community has spoken out at state level, and I am grateful that our democracy has given us the opportunity to be heard. But I also know there is much more work to be done for our views to be reflected at all levels of government. That's why I hope you'll join me on Zoom this Wednesday for an expert panel discussion on political integrity, and in person on Sunday for our official Campaign Launch! North Sydney, it's our time - let's be the change we want to see.
Recent blog posts
December 02, 2022
Earlier this year, in the months before the election, I promised to develop and introduce a Private Member's Bill that would deliver better, cleaner fuel to Australians and reduce pollution from our cars. That Bill was tabled in Parliament this week.
North Sydney's Reducing Vehicle Pollution Bill will bring Australian fuel quality in line with European standards, reducing the levels of sulphur and aromatics that they can contain.
November 25, 2022
With just one sitting week remaining for Parliament in 2022, the past week in Canberra has definitely been full of robust debate, constructive discussion and ultimately some landmark legislative developments.
November 18, 2022
Our democracy will only ever be as strong as our willingness as citizens to actively contribute to any debate, and just on six months into this role, the capacity for me to truly listen to the many voices of North Sydney as they discuss proposed or needed legislative reform at the national level is without a doubt the most rewarding thing I get to do on a daily basis.
November 11, 2022
November 04, 2022
This week, I've been looking at the Government's 'Secure Jobs, Better Pay' Bill, a package of Industrial Relations (IR) changes that was introduced in Parliament in Budget week.
October 28, 2022
This week, my team and I have been hard at work determining what the newly released Federal Budget means for North Sydney's priorities, and what needs to be done to ensure government initiatives actually deliver the changes that our community wants to see.
Kylea's newsletter hits the inboxes of people right across our electorate of North Sydney. Stay up to date with Kylea's plans and progress as she tells us about her week speaking with people in our community. We'll also highlight the latest community events and initiatives to get involved with.