GSC- Great Sydney Con.

The Greater Sydney Commission set up by the Baird Government is made up of people who can use their power and influence to squash the residents of Sydney into submission. The worst thing is they are using our assets and taxes to do this. NSW is not a democracy but a dictatorship, run by people who have no interests in or knowledge of the Heritage of Sydney or Parramatta.

Let us look at the holdings of the Turnbull’s,  the couple reside in Sydney, with an additional property in Hunter Valley, an apartment in Canberra when they are not in The Lodge. They also own an apartment in New York City. The couple are independently wealthy. Mrs Turnbull is a figure head of the GSC, her task is to sell the government’s plan to sell our assets, build high rise glass boxes on every space, destroy as much of our heritage and our children’s legacy as they can, until our City have nothing left. Despite many requests for a meeting to discuss this topic, no answer is always forthcoming, tight deadlines for submissions, adds are placed on the second last page of the local papers and it is always done when they think we are distracted, like the Christmas Break for instance. Now let us analyse why this happens. Watch this video, a little long, but these plans were put in place years ago The Perfect Storm 

District Commissioner West Central Professor Ed Blakely. His Profile reads like this…..gsc-commissioner-ed-blakely-400x300

US and international urban policy, US domestic policy with emphasis on race, class and socioeconomic issues, global urban agendas on sustainability, global warming, development economics with particular background in South America, China, Japan, Europe, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Edward Blakely is Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative at the US Studies Centre and serves as a District Commissioner on the Greater Sydney Commission. He previously served for two years as Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, the “recovery czar” for New Orleans following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The question, is what is his knowledge of the issues, needs and the heritage of the district he is serving.

print.jpgRobert (Rob) Gordon Stokes MP

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy (Law), Diploma of Biblical Studies, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Stokes was an associate with the law firm David Begg & Associates in Martin Place Sydney. He also worked in a number of other legal firms including one at Mona Vale. He subsequently became a lecturer in the Division of Law at Macquarie University. He became a member of the Young Lawyers Association of New South Wales and was a member of both the Environmental Law and CLE Committees.

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Geoff Lee MP Member for Parramatta.

Geoff Lee was born in 1967 and has an Australian and Chinese background. He attained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in horticulture from the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Campus and was managing director of Hambledon Garden Centre, a garden centre and landscaping business in Parramatta from 1992 until 2001. He completed his Master of Business from the Macquarie University School of Business Administration in 2001 and commenced teaching part-time at Liverpool TAFE from 2004 to 2006, Lee was a lecturer in business at the University of Western Sydney and, during this time, completed a Doctor of Business Administration degree at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.  In 2007, he was appointed Associate Dean (Engagement) at UWS. Photograph Daily Telegraph.

Premier Mike Baird MP.

Baird attended The King’s School, Parramatta, and spent time living in the USA whilst his father served as head of the Australia trade commission in New York. Baird graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. Baird also studied at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, initially intending to enter the Anglican ministry, but while there decided a career in investment banking and later politics. In 1999, he successfully sought preselection for the seat of Manly. Baird then returned to investment banking, working for the National Australia Bank for a time in London, before returning to Sydney to work for the HSBC Australia. But of course now Mr Baird has started the avalanche of destruction, he has resigned the Parliament.

gladys_portrait-webNow we are looking at Gladys Berejiklian as the new Premier who has promised us she will do everything that Mike Baird did but more, sales of the people’s assets, more infrastructure, privatisation of  Crown Land, and build more high rise for overseas investors.

Gladys has not mentioned her vision for Heritage and certainly does not know what Parramatta has, some tour guide should give her a days tour of Parramatta to see the potential “Tourism Dollars” if she is game to take on the current system of decision makers that Mr Baird has set in place.

Now, you ask what are these lot of people making decisions on our precious history and heritage, they are not interested in the subject or the people involved, they have not studied the subject or read stories, they do not or cannot tell the stories of the past, and has never explored or even visited the area they are in charge of, then what are they interested in and what is the common theme that these people are interested in? The answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is money.

Stack of Australian Dollar

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Local Government – Protectors of Community Rights Or Are They?

Photograph Sydney Morning Herald.

With the push from the NSW Government for Councils to Amalgamate who will be the winners? Local government representatives are elected by the community to provide the people with services, and protect their rights. Dealing with local government over a large number of years brings many stories, some of them positive, some negative. It all comes down to the individual, their motives for standing for office, who influences them, what political party they belong to, their ethics and morals.

For the most part our dealings in your local area can be positive, however overtime this can become a liability for the community. In a perfect world, our heritage would be protected, our services would be looked after, our needs met. Then other forces and lobbyists with money can infiltrate your area. Some of this has come to the forefront during the recent ICAC hearings where money and influence has been commonplace, leaving the community with out a voice.

Will large councils make an impact on the community with better services and protection. The amount of people elected to council will be fewer. We assume that the Council will be made up of 2 people from each of the previous councils. That should break any control of the local area due to sheer numbers in the makeup of existing Councils. At the moment Councils are regulated by a Model Code of conduct expected of them as our elected representatives. Although people with controlled interests usually have people living in other parts of the city. This can lead to a corruption of process. There needs to be checks and balances to ensure that corrupt practices and conflict of interests cannot infiltrate the process.

See below some of the current expectations.

The sector is also actively involved in issues affecting community wellbeing, such as environmental sustainability, economic development, planning and social matters. As democratically elected representatives, councillors are advocates for the community, and protect their interests. They also communicate their needs and concerns to other spheres of government, industry and the media.

Councillors are elected for their strong leadership skills, integrity and commitment to serving their community. Being a councillor is an extremely challenging and satisfying experience and provides a unique opportunity to not only interact with the community, but also to influence the vision and strategic direction of council areas.

The Councillor Guide is a valuable tool for anyone interested in the roles and responsibilities of a councillor, as well as the structure of Local Government. We welcome your feedback on the guide and trust that you will find it useful and informative. http://www.olg.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/Model-Code-of-Conduct.pdf

GENERAL CONDUCT OBLIGATIONS, the following is a small sample of what Councillors are expected to do.

3.1 Must not conduct yourself in carrying out your functions in a manner that is likely to bring the council or holders of civic office into disrepute. Specifically, you must not act in a way that:

a) contravenes the Act, associated regulations, council’s relevant administrative requirements and policies

b) is detrimental to the pursuit of the charter of a council

c) is improper or unethical

d) is an abuse of power or otherwise amounts to misconduct

e) causes, comprises or involves intimidation, harassment or verbal abuse

f) causes, comprises or involves discrimination, disadvantage or adverse treatment in relation to employment

g) causes, comprises or involves prejudice in the provision of a service to the community. (Schedule 6A)

3.2 Must act lawfully, honestly and exercise a reasonable degree of care and diligence in carrying out your functions under the Act or any other Act. (section 439)

3.3 You must treat others with respect at all times.

Fairness and equity

3.4 You must consider issues consistently, promptly and fairly. You must deal with matters in accordance with established procedures, in a non-discriminatory manner.

3.5 You must take all relevant facts known to you, or that you should be reasonably aware of, into consideration and have regard to the particular merits of each case. You must not take irrelevant matters or circumstances into consideration when making decisions.

Harassment and discrimination

3.6 You must not harass, discriminate against, or support others who harass and discriminate against colleagues or members of the public. This includes, but is not limited to harassment and discrimination on the grounds of sex, pregnancy, age, race, responsibilities as a carer, marital status, disability, homosexuality, transgender grounds or if a person has an infectious disease.

Development decisions

3.7 You must ensure that development decisions are properly made and that parties involved in the development process are dealt with fairly. You must avoid any occasion for suspicion of improper conduct in the development assessment process.

3.8 In determining development applications, you must ensure that no action,

statement or communication between yourself and applicants or objectors

The Model Code of Conduct for Local Councils in NSW – March 2013

Complaints alleging a breach of this part

8.14 Complaints alleging a breach of this Part (Part 8) by a councillor, the general manager or an administrator are to be made to the Division of Local Government.

8.15 Complaints alleging a breach of this Part by other council officials are to be made to the general manager.

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land.