One of the most common issues raised with me through my community surveys and at street meetings is concerns over cost of living rises –
Local residents are crying out for more community space. One suggestion that is being investigated by the Greater Sydney Commission is to share local resources.
It’s often said that once people move to Oatley, they never leave. I’ve found a similar sentiment across all the suburbs in the Blakehurst ward
Local primary schools often struggle with road safety issues. I’ve talked to a lot of parents, and they’ve all said that road safety around schools, and drop off zones in particular, is a nightmare. Mix in a lot of cars in a confined space and young children (who sometimes can be unpredictable), add in a dash of rain and a sprinkle of driver frustration and voila – you’ve literally got an accident waiting to happen. That’s why I’m calling for a stronger partnership between local schools and Georges River Council.
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.
This election is crucial. Georges River is a brand new Council, and as a community we face an important decision about the future direction of our area. We need to ensure that good, community people are elected who will work in the interests of local residents.
- Sandy Grekas