2021 North Sydney Council election

Sustainable Australia Party is an independent community movement from the political centre, with a positive plan for an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia. SAP supports a science and evidence-based approach to policy - not a left or right wing ideology.

Importantly, SAP advocates for more trustworthy and transparent governance through greater community consultation, including via community-initiated citizen juries and plebiscites/referenda (polls) on key issues.

SAP is campaigning to:

  • Protect our environment
  • Stop overdevelopment
  • Stop corruption

There's also much more in our broad policy platform.


William Bourke for North Sydney Council

William is the founder and president of Sustainable Australia Party, which is based in Crows Nest.

William has lived in the North Sydney area for around 20 years, including Wollstonecraft and North Sydney. He enjoys nature, bushwalking, beaches, running and travelling. He grew up on the urban fringe with bushland as his extended backyard and weekend recreation. He wants to ensure that we fulfil our primary moral responsibility to pass on an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Australia to our children and grandchildren.

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Campaign issues and policies

In the 2021 North Sydney Council election by-election, William Bourke and all Sustainable Australia Party candidates are campaigning to protect our environment, stop overdevelopment and stop corruption:

Protect our environment and green spaces

  • Preserve and enhance our outdoor spaces such as parks, bushland and harbour areas.
  • Take real action on climate change at a local level, including stronger laws to prevent inappropriate land and tree-clearing.
  • Adopt a biodiversity and native species program including land and marine animal habitat protection.
  • Aim for a 2025 zero waste outcome by reducing then eliminating local waste production and increasing recycling and repair capabilities, including through the establishment of a local repair cafe in North Sydney (e.g. at the currently unused Waverton Bowling Club).
  • Support sustainable transport initiatives including:
    • Rail line solutions (e.g. Metro) from North Sydney to both the Northern beaches and South side of the Harbour, instead of the congestion-inducing Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link underground motorways. This would ease congestion and improve local travel times, as well as avoid toxic, polluting smoke-stacks and associated smog.
    • Better and safer bicycle networks including a fully connected network throughout the NSC area and an efficient Sydney Harbour Bridge bike ramp design following a proper community consultation process.
    • Better and safer pedestrian infrastructure, including more access to harbourside areas and lighting in parks, lanes and other walkways.

Stop overdevelopment

  • Return real planning power to local communities through proper engagement, including through local community-driven citizen juries - rather than state government property industry appointees on so-called 'independent planning panels' - to make recommendations on the following developments such as St Leonards Station area, Crows Nest Metro Station, Big Bear in Neutral Bay and Kurraba Point.
  • Reject the State Government's proposed North Sydney Council housing growth targets and determine new targets following a full audit of local infrastructure capacity and proper community consultation.
  • Deliver new community infrastructure before more housing density is approved (including new schools, hospitals, public transport, roads, recreational and sporting facilities, green space, etc).
  • Ensure that planning and zoning changes protect North Sydney's environment, heritage and local liveability (e.g. access to direct sunlight, scenic views and open space)

Stop corruption and increase transparency

  • Adopt more transparent reporting of political lobbying and all financial contributions, including the requirement for all North Sydney Councillors to declare any non-personal time they spend with registered lobbyists and property developers.
  • Campaign to ban all property developer donations and contributions to political parties and all candidates - including at federal level, which is often used to support state or local government candidates.
  • Require political parties to run their endorsed candidates under the party name in local council elections, rather than supporting them as so-called 'independents'.

And much more. including:

Rates

Reject the 7 per cent per annum (> 40 per cent over five years) rate rise over the next five years.

Cultural and community development

Further develop culture and community engagement within the North Sydney Council area to support community members through the hardships of COVID and beyond. This can include online and physical spaces for socialising, hobby activities, gaming and competition, and council-organised community events.

Digital industry and innovation

Further develop digital industry and innovation in within the North Sydney Council area to bring more entrepreneurial businesses, giving a boost to the local economy. This can include online and physical co-working hubs.

Other

More to come during the campaign... please let us know if you have any other local community issues or feedback!

SAP's federal policy platform can be found here:

sustainableaustralia.org.au/policies


Get involved

> Donate

Please donate to William's campaign: Coming soon...

> Volunteer

If you'd like to help letterbox or staff an early voting or election day voting centre, please contact us.

> Contact

> Social media


Volunteering

Letterboxing

Do you live in or near the North Sydney Council electorate? If so, we'll send you some flyers to letterbox.

Please contact us ASAP.

Voting centre

Important: SAP volunteer and voting centre behaviour guidelines HERE

Early Voting Centres / Election day Voting Centres

Early voting: 22 November - 3 December

Polling day: 4 December

See NSWEC website: Coming soon...


How to vote SAP (enrolment, preferences)

How to vote SAP (preferences)

As an independent community party from the political centre, after you Vote 1 for Sustainable Australia Party, we prefer that you decide where to direct your own preferences.

More: CLICK HERE

How to check your enrolment (or enrol)

Check your enrolment: CLICK HERE

Enrol with North Sydney Council on the 'non-residential roll' as a local ratepayer and/or business: CLICK HERE

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