Welcome to the latest Sustainable Australia Party (VIC) eNewsletter.
During August, I made submissions to the Productivity Commission’s Right to Repair Inquiry and the Victorian Government’s Inquiry into the closure of Hazelwood and Yallourn power stations. To read them and other party news head to our News page.
Clifford Hayes MP news
In Parliament and out in the community our State Upper House member for Southern Metropolitan Region, Clifford Hayes MP, has been leading the fight to protect our suburbs, crack down on foreign ownership in Victoria, and protect our open space and ‘green wedges’.
Recently in Parliament, Clifford raised concerns about proposed changes to Wattle Park and the desire of residents to retain this park as a natural, informal setting, highlighted the opportunity for the inclusion and retention of women in the workforce, and called on the Government to improve public housing stock by repairing and restoring almost 800 houses in Braybrook, which are in urgent need of repair rather than selling them off to developers.
Clifford also joined Frankston locals in their fight against the Gold Coast-style twin towers proposed for the Frankston foreshore, getting coverage in the Herald Sun and on 7 News.
First, another reminder that our old local government area (LGA) branch structure has now merged into a new regional structure. To discover your regional branch, click here.
Branches are the lifeblood of Sustainable Australia Party. They primarily exist to:
- Bring together like-minded people
- Organise public events including local markets, community festivals and letterbox distribution (particularly around major overdevelopment sites)
- Grow local membership
- Contest Local, State, and Federal elections
Due to recent outbreaks of COVID-19 all monthly letterboxing and social meetup events have been postponed indefinitely.
We are holding virtual meetups via Zoom in coming months. Keep an eye on our Events page.
Vale Hans and Jack
On a sad note, we acknowledge the passing of Hans Nicolaas Verzijl (1953-2021). Hans was an active party member, running as a candidate in Bentleigh to support Clifford Hayes' election campaign in 2018. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife, Rukshana, and family.
We were also saddened to hear of the recent passing of John (Jack) William Roach (1930-2021). Jack was former President of the Boroondara Residents Action Group (BRAG) and raised overdevelopment population and issues in many local papers, including calling on governments to introduce a residents' bill of rights to combat overdevelopment and restore planning rights to citizens. Here's Jack in action just a few years ago:
Our condolences to his wife, Dorothy, and family.
If you have any questions, please get in touch via the Contact link.
Stephen Tighe BA MPPG
State Administrator - Victoria
Sustainable Australia Party