November 2009: Public libraries in WA are co-funded by councils and the state government. However the state government has slashed its contribution by 40% in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09!
October 2009: Council unanimously adopted an ammendement to the Town Planning Scheme that requires planning applications for new and substantaily renovated commercial buildings to meet Green Building Council of Australia Four Star energy efficiency guidelines.
I’d like to extend a big thanks to everyone who supported my council election campaign. I believe council can and should be trying to get greater community participation in decision making, involve in community life people who are often excluded, take a lead on protecting the environment and stick up for workers rights. If I can make even a small contribution in this regard it will have been worthwhile.