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Record Fine for Illegal Water Take Proof Mining has No Place in Sydney Water Catchment

The announcement today by the Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) that it has entered into an enforceable undertaking with Illawarra Coal Holdings of almost $3 million compensation for illegally taking surface water without a licence is yet another reason why mining has no place in Sydney’s drinking water catchment, Greens...

Axing of Greater Cities Commission Signals Developer Influence Strong as Ever Under Labor

Today’s axing of the Greater Cities Commission is another worrying sign that the Minns Government is bowing to the demands of the powerful developer lobby at the expense of sound planning principles and the community, said Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and cities spokesperson.

More must be done for residents impacted by Cadia gold mine pollution: Greens

Warnings the EPA could revoke the licence for Newcrest’s Cadia gold mine if action isn’t taken to comply with minimum legal standards for air quality is a welcome development for dozens of residents who are breathing and drinking heavy metals, but more should be done to urgently fix this mess,...

Pokies Cashless Card Trial Delayed Under Threat from Industry: Greens

News that the Government’s cashless card trial could be delayed is a sign of the gambling industry's efforts to undermine any attempt to introduce a cashless gambling card, says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and gambling harm reduction spokesperson. 

Treasurer Must Force Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust to Open its Books: Greens

The ongoing failure of the Catholic Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust to comply with requests from the Auditor-General to open its books so that financial and performance audits could be undertaken was unacceptable and the NSW Treasurer must act to force the CMCT to comply with the Auditor-General’s requests, said Cate Faehrmann,...

Treasurer Should Tax Pokies More to Repair Budget: Greens

The Treasurer should increase taxes on poker machines in pubs and clubs across NSW to help repair the budget if the government is deferring increasing taxes on Star Casino out of concerns for workers, said Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and gambling harm reduction spokesperson.

Dungowan Dam Cancellation a Win for Communities and Common Sense

The cancellation of Dungowan Dam is a win for communities and for common sense says Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and water spokesperson, after NSW Minister for Water Rose Jackson announced that the Government would not be going ahead with the project in Question Time in the NSW Legislative Council today. ...