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We are a group of Mountains Residents who decided to come together to support positive initiatives and issues we come across of Concern, especially in relation to more vulnerable members of our community.
We are currently involved in multiple matters
* Council support for Earth Recovery Australia/Mountains Soul Kitchen. We have found out that this amazing organisation, run by Rosa Del Ponte (who many see as a 'Mother Teresa" of the Upper Mountains) is struggling financially. Why is such a local resource not being supported by the Council. Surely they can make more effort to become involved and keep this valuable and loved Community resource afloat.
* The proposed airport at Badgerys Creek. It is ridiculous to have planes flying over a World Heritage area for a number of reasons. Safety, Tourism, World Heritage Status, Impeding work to control bushfires (ie potentially conflicting with helicopters and planes in fighting bush fires). Full Credit to Mark Greenhill, Annette Bennett and Romola Hollywood for the work they are doing to stop this insanity.
* Helping to start a discussion about Ice and other heavier drug use in the Mountains (see below)
* A Campaign largely run by local Mountains youth to stop Sydney City Council from heartlessly removing tents from homeless people www.pleasehelpourhomeless.com
* Inconsistent signage re speed limits at various locations along the main Great Western Highway in the mountains and inconsistent methods of police monitoring speeding.
* The huge debt of Blue Mountains Council. Due to it ballooning hugely, a process ensued that resulted in rates being increased by 40% over four years. The debt has come down from over 52 million to around 47 million but it appears this is also due to selling off assets. Rate payers have had to bear the brunt of a 40% increase in rates to pay for this overspending. There are remours that the Council is looking at charging more for rubbish fees. If that is the case, it is outrageous.
"Ward Four Councillor Brendan Christie said that he holds "grave concerns if IPART approves the 40.4 percent rate rise."
"Young families and pensioners will be hit hardest and struggle as is with cost of living pressures," he said. "No one will be spared from the rate increase, including our already struggling small businesses."
He has previously argued that the Council's consultation process did not properly canvass the community's views."
It was approved the next year so ratepayers now will pay the increase.
Previously - Supporting Fund raising for victims in Nepal and Refugees
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* Road Widening Blackheath
When will the Government learn. It is not just about faster trucking times from the West to Sydney, it is also about preserving the natural beauty, keeping traffic slower around built up areas and listening to the locals.
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* Two issues re dangerous crossings Wentworth Falls
Railway Bridge Wentworth Falls - a small child tripped on the side of the bridge and nearly fell in front of an oncoming car and could have been killed in Oct 2013. It has been nearly two years and people cross it daily, elderly, disabled, children, women with prams, etc and anyone can slip over the steep edge.
Lack of pedestrian crossing Blaxland Road and Sinclair Crescent. This is extremely dangerous as on school days many children cross in an area with limited visibility and without any form of safety crossing, often unable to cross due to traffic and dangerously crossing to not miss their train. There have been many near misses. The elderly, disabled, tourists and community members also are forced to cross here. A pedestrian crossing for the entire community is urgently required.
It is hoped that action can be taken to avoid a serious injury.
Many thanks for your time.
Mountains Concerned Citizens