The GreenWay has won the “Great Community Led Project” section at the inaugural Greater Sydney Planning Awards last night which may provide useful leverage in the future. Congratulations to Nick who wrote the submission when under great pressure. It is a wonderful acknowledgement of the community’s commitment to this wonderful project.
THE opening of the inner-west light rail extension presented a golden opportunity to begin work on a long-awaited walking and cycling route alongside the tram corridor, the Friends of the GreenWay group said today.
The NSW Government today opened the light rail line extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.
The government scrapped previously approved plans for a 5km GreenWay alongside the light rail extension, arguing that it could delay the light rail project.
Friends of the GreenWay spokesperson Jennifer Kent said that the welcome opening of the light rail line would now help everyone focus on the best way to deliver a GreenWay.
See our media release at light rail opening 270314
On Wednesday 15th February 2012 Friends of the GreenWay joined local Mayors and MPs representing the whole of the GreenWay catchment to present our petition to Save The GreenWay to the NSW Parliament. Watch the event video here.
Supporters of the GreenWay came from all across Sydney, representing many communities and voluntary groups – another demonstration of the way the GreenWay is already connecting people across Sydney.
Thank you to everyone who signed the petition, and a special thanks to those volunteers who went to dozens of local events over the past months collecting signatures. The GreenWay is a true grassroots project!
Along with the many other supporters of the GreenWay were:
- Carmel Tebbutt, MP for Marrickville
- Jamie Parker, MP for Balmain
- Linda Burney, MP for Canterbury
- Charles Casuscelli, MP for Strathfield
- Rochelle Porteous, Mayor of Leichhardt
- Lyall Kennedy, Mayor of Ashfield
- Morris Hanna, Mayor of Marrickville
- Brian Robson, Mayor of Canterbury
Our local MPs will now present the petition to Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian, and the petition will be debated by Parliament on 31 May 2012.
We are close to getting the 10,000 signatures on our petition which will trigger a debate in parliment. The count is about 8,200 but we need help now in the Leichhardt area.
We need people to help on two stalls before Christmas:
Orange Grove Markets on 17th of December from 9.00 to 12.00. Even if people could come for an hour it would be a great help.
Secondly there is the Christmas Carols event on the 18th December from 6.00 to 9.00 at Pioneer Park, Leichhardt (If wet at the Italian Culture Centre in the Forum). We need people to man a small stall and to collect signatures from the crowd. The mayor, Rochelle Porteous will mention the GreenWay in her speech.
Contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org with the event and time you can help out.