Letter from Ron Hoenig regarding Erskineville train station capacity

posted 30 Aug 2014 15:33 by Friends of Erskineville


What increases will be made to public transport capacity to ensure residents can get on a train at Erskineville, given that Sydney Trains reporting data indicates that train loads at Erskineville reach 161% capacity during the morning peak, and considering the former Minister for Planning and Infrastructure's media release on 28 March 2012 which stated that he would work with the Minister for Transport to increase public transport capacity as new residents moved into the Ashmore Precinct Development?

Melbourne is no model for local government voting in Sydney

posted 13 Aug 2014 21:25 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 13 Aug 2014 21:35 ]

Show your support by reply email

14 August 2014

The Hon. Mike Baird, MP
Premier of NSW
Level 40 Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place

Dear Premier 

Please find herewith an open letter to you from local community groups and residents within the
City of Sydney who oppose the implementation of the Melbourne Model of voting in local
government elections.

They are trying to swamp your vote

posted 13 Aug 2014 03:11 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 13 Aug 2014 21:34 ]

NSW Govt's Bad Plan for Sydney: 1 vote ≠ 1 value
Tell the Premier it’s not on by supporting our open letter

Mike Baird says Sydney’s 80,000 businesses should get 2 votes each at the next City of Sydney election.
The Premier wants Sydney to go the way of Melbourne.
He’s got it wrong.  And here’s 3 reasons why:
1.       It would swamp local residents’ votes
Last election, 70,000 residents voted.  If 80,000 businesses have up to 2 votes each that could mean 160,000 / 70,000 next time around.
2.       People who have never set foot in Sydney could soon vote
Implementing the Melbourne Model would mean giving the vote to non-citizens, people not on the electoral roll, and people living outside-NSW.
3.       It could be rorted
Businesses could ‘spring up’ to distort the vote. 
What’s more, there has been no community consultation and theNSW Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee’s recommendations have come after a slap-dash approach.
We are sending an open letter to the Premier to tell him it’s not right.
Show your support by reply email
Also, please forward this on to anyone you think would like to lend their support.
We anticipate the legislation will be introduced tomorrow (Thursday, 14 August 2014) so we need to act quickly.  Please reply as soon as possible. 
Kind regards,
Darren Jenkins
President | Friends of Erskineville

Doorknocking in Explorer Street, South Eveleigh

posted 10 Aug 2014 22:52 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 11 Aug 2014 02:39 ]

On Saturday 9 August 2014, Friends of Erskineville doorknocked the residents in and around Explorer Street, South Eveleigh to let them know the NSW Government’s master developer, UrbanGrowth, has plans to bulldoze their homes.  See our flyer to residents

Looking for the FOE mailing list?

posted 8 Aug 2014 23:29 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 9 Aug 2014 00:05 ]

Welcome back to the Village Voice

posted 4 Jul 2014 19:01 by Friends of Erskineville

Brown development for Green Square

posted 4 Jul 2014 18:52 by Friends of Erskineville

Inner Sydney High School consultation 3 June at Alexandria Park Community School

posted 28 May 2014 19:56 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 28 May 2014 20:09 ]

Tuesday 3 June 2014 at Alexandria Park Community School in the school hall between 6:30pm and 8:30pm

Strengthening the future provision of secondary education in the inner Sydney area

The Department of Education and Communities is seeking your feedback on how to best strengthen the future provision of public secondary education in the inner Sydney area. The Inner City Schools Working Party was announced in late 2012 to assist in the ongoing review of primary and secondary public education in inner Sydney.

After recommending the construction of a new, larger primary school in the Ultimo/Pyrmont area the Working Party now has the task of understanding and assessing the demand and options for public secondary education in the inner Sydney area to inform public policy.

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Save Women's Homelessness Services in Sydney

posted 28 May 2014 19:54 by Friends of Erskineville

Under the NSW Government’s Going Home, Staying Home initiative for homeless people long-standing homelessness services in inner city Sydney will be closed down as part of a move to shift homeless people out of the city and, if possible, back to where they came from. Specialised women's homelessness services in the inner city are expected to close. 
If 5000 signatures are obtained, the petition below will be presented to the NSW Government. There is also material for an additional option to write a personalised letter to Gabrielle Upton, the relevant minister. 


This petition is an initiative of the Sydney F Collective. You can follow them on Facebook. 

Welcome to the first ever Village Voice

posted 10 Apr 2014 19:22 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 10 Apr 2014 19:24 ]

Chances are you are reading this because you are a member or supporter of the Friends of Erskineville. The Village Voice brings together news and information about Erskineville all under the one roof.  

Here's a little bit of what we've been up to recently and what's going on in and around the Village:
Inner West Courier
2 April 2014
Inner City Weekender
28 February 2014
Darren Jenkins spoke with Angela Catterns on the State Govt's poor maintenance of the Erskineville Housing Estate and the need for better infrastructure planning in the area.

Radio 2UE, 5 March 2014
It's time again to renew Annual Membership Subscriptions.

Renewing and joining members pay $20 for ordinary membership and $2 for pensioner membership.

FOE is a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting the interests of Erskineville and its residents. Membership fees assist in FOE carrying on its advocacy work for the community.
The Eleventh Edition Project - 5 April 2014  
A collaborative art project involving one copy damaged copy of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Eleventh. Let's see how it can be creatively re-purposed.
A copy of the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, damaged beyond repair. The idea is to get these beautiful pages out to as many people as possible and to track what they do with it. So calling all artists, creatives, people who want to give it a go and everything in between. No time limits, no pressure. More details can be found at this Facebook link.

La Belle Poussière  - Curated by Max Taylor AM - 05 - 27 April 2014
Artsite Gallery,  165 Salisbury Road, (corner St Marys Street), Camperdown 02 8095 9678  www.artsite.com.au
The Beautiful Dust - Six Artists working in Pastel | Anthony Buselli | Ian Chapman | Daniel Pata | Vicki Parish | Victoria Peel | Anthony Springford
Exhibition will be opened by HENDRIK KOLENBERG, Former Senior Curator of Australian Prints, Drawings & Watercolours, Art Gallery of New South Wales, on Sunday 6th April - 3-5pm.  Preview from 11am Saturday 5thApril 2014.
Follow Artsite on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/Artsite
As the scaffolding rises on the first part of the Ashmore Precinct Development, residents are beginning to get their first taste of the scale of the size of the total development; which the City of Sydney Council estates will see a doubling of Erskineville's population over the next 13 years.

On FOE's urging, the Council carried out an audit of services for Erskineville and has now drafted an Infrastructure Plan. FOE is preparing a response to Council on this plan, which fails to provide an schedule for the provision of new services.  

We welcome your contribution to our submission to Council on the plan.  To get in touch email us here.

In the meantime, FOE does not support additional development without the necessary infrastructure being put in place to service all residents and we told the Council and the Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) this on 18 February and 13 March 2014.
On 5 February 2014, FOE wrote to the Minister responsible for maintenance of the Erskineville Housing Estate on behalf of concerned residents.  
Neglect by the Land & Housing Corporation included clogged and rotting gutters, loose electrical wiring and slipping hazards.  You can read out letter here.
WIthin a month, work had commenced on guttering repairs at the Housing Estate.  

However, residents have expressed some concern that the possums that had taken up residence in the roof spaces have not been captured and released properly.
In February we asked members and supporters to tell us their thoughts on Erskineville. Thanks to all those who took part. A summary of the multiple-choice questions can be found here.

The three top concerns for Erskineville residents are Ashmore, Parking and Public Transport.

Survey respondents also took great care to detail their concerns in the open form answers and FOE is working through those answers to guide its work in the year ahead.

If you missed out on your chance to have your say, feel free to get in touch by email here.


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