• What others are saying about Sandy

    Steve Matthews – Presidents, Connells Point Rovers Soccer Club I have known Sandy Grekas for a period of 8 years, both through her work efforts on the P & C of Oatley Public School and through her association with various sporting clubs in the local community. Sandy is a worker for not only what she believes in, but also what the community believes in. Her forthright demeanour, her ability to […]

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    Ward Meetings

    Sometimes it can be difficult for people to attend Council meetings. Whether it be because of work or family commitments, 7pm can be a tricky time to get out of the house to attend Council meetings each month, but residents’ participation and oversight is vital to ensure that Council decisions are open, transparent and accountable. To increase residents’ participation, I want to introduce 6 monthly ward meetings where instead of residents coming to Council, the Council comes to the residents.

    I’ve borrowed the idea from when I worked for Lucy Turnbull when she was the Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney. At the time, she and the Lord Mayor held regular “precinct meetings” in various parts of the city. It was a chance for residents to speak directly to the Lord Mayor, ask questions and raise any issues or problems they were facing. I like this idea because it keeps Council accountable and transparent. This is exactly what we need in Georges River Council.

    How the meetings would work:

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    Hurstville Community Garden

    Hurstville Community Garden recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, and I was privileged to attend a party at the garden to mark the occasion.  The garden holds a special place in my heart; I always call it my “baby”.  In 2006, I asked a question in Council about whether we could find a site suitable for a community garden.  After a year of hard work by Council officers, local residents and myself, the Hurstville Community Garden was officially opened on 3 June 2007.

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    Have your Say!

    I would love to hear from people living in our community, and the ideas they have for making it better.

    Have your say

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    Georges River Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP)

    The local residents that I’ve spoken to have told me that they want integrity and transparency in Georges River Council, especially when dealing with Development Applications (DAs) and planning matters.

    That’s why I strongly support the retention of the Georges River Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel (IHAP).  An IHAP is one of the best anti-corruption measures available to Councils to deal with contentious development matters, and their use has been recommended by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).

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    Sans Souci Pool Redevelopment

    Residents and students in the Georges River Council need a modern, outdoor Olympic sized pool to train and play in. I’ve been a swimmer my whole life, and it’s something I still enjoy doing. I’ve swum in pools all over the world, and all over Sydney; it’s safe to say that some are much better than others. As a local resident, I’ve been really disappointed in the quality of the pools in our area. Compared to neighbouring centres like Sutherland and Bexley, the aquatic centres in our area fall well short.

    I’ve trained for many years at Hurstville Aquatic Centre, but it only has an indoor 25m pool which can get quite hot. Squad swimmers really need an outdoor 50m pool. The only options we have locally if we want to swim outdoors in a 50m pool is Sans Souci or Carss Park – both of which are extremely outdated. Both pools were built in the 1960s, and while they’re in great locations, they’ve been woefully neglected for far too long.

    I was at a swimming carnival recently at Sutherland Aquatic Centre, and it was such a pleasant surprise to have clean change rooms and showers that actually worked! Plus, the pool itself was amazing – Sutherland residents are spoiled for choice! The pool can accommodate Learn to Swim, squad swimmers and water polo training all at the same time. St George residents shouldn’t have second rate facilities, and shouldn’t have to travel out of the area to pursue something they enjoy in a modern facility.

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  • Council Probity and Disputes Ombudsman.

    Like many local residents, I’m frustrated and angry at the behaviour of many of our local Councillors.  Very clear breeches of conflict of interest that would get the rest of us sacked from our normal jobs seem to go unpunished at a Council level.  Not surprisingly, public faith in local government and our elected representatives seems to be at an all-time low.

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