Lane Cove Labor notes that while Premier Gladys Berejiklian may have back-flipped on forced Council mergers, a Liberal-dominated Lane Cove Council could choose to pursue a “voluntary” Council merger.Read more
Your West Ward Candidates: (Left to right) Andrew Zbik, Lyn Nasir and Wayne Enright.
The Labor ticket for West Ward will be led by Andrew Zbik who was the Labor Candidate for the Lane Cove State electorate at the 2015 State Election. In that election Andrew achieved a swing of +9.5% towards Labor.
Andrew works as a Senior Financial Planner for a non-aligned wealth advisory group in the city of which he is a part-owner. His professional qualifications include a Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Laws from Macquarie University as well as the Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.
He is married to Bronwyn and has two children.
Andrew has been the President of Lane Cove Labor since 2010 and an active member of Macquarie University Rowing Club located in Tambourine Bay since 2002. Over the last few years Andrew has led campaigns locally to have more buses assigned to Lane Cove, stand up against changes to weaken racial discrimination laws and to develop policies to help address the housing affordability issue in Australia through his role as an elected member of NSW Labor’s Economic Policy Committee.
“I believe any level of Government works best when there is a variety of ideas that are shared and considered. I hope that by running as a candidate for Councillor that I can present a progressive voice for the interests of local residents.” Andrew said.
The second candidate for West Ward is Lyn Nasir. Lyn works in the city at the Federal Court of Australia as an Information and Records Manager and has an educational background in library and Information science, education and management.
Lyn is passionate about the environment and has been very active for seven years working with a local sustainability group to improve the environment of Lane Cove.
The third candidate for West Ward is Wayne Enright. Wayne has a career that spans four decades in an Arts Administration role in the performing arts sector. Wayne has keen interest in environmental conservation and wishes to see the green leafy nature of our area preserved.
My vision for Lane Cove has developed over the last few years through my involvement in our community.
If you would like to share some ideas with me, please complete my community survey by clicking here.
Proper Community Engagement: We promise to respond.
Many local residents have told us that they are frustrated because a majority of current Councillors don’t respond to emails or phone calls. We have an active online presence via Facebook, Twitter and our website. We have always responded when members of the local community have contacted us. We promise to continue responding to all queries made by local residents.
Public Transport: A Local Advocate for More Public Transport.
Public transport may be a State Government responsibility. However, with a 15% increase in Lane Cove’s population since 2011, our current Liberal dominated Council and State members have been relatively silent on this issue for over three years. Lane Cove Labor organised a local campaign and public forum on this issue in April. It took our efforts to highlight this issue and finally get some action. We will continue to be advocates for a greater allocation of public transport services to Lane Cove.
Keep Public Land in Public Hands
We believe all land owned by Council should remain in public hands. With an increasing population, if we sell public land we will never get it back. We want to keep Council land for the benefit of local residents.
No Voluntary Council Mergers
The State Government may have called off forced Council mergers. However, if we end up with a Liberal dominated Council again, what is stopping them from pursuing a voluntary amalgamation? I will never vote for a voluntary amalgamation with any other Council.
Keep Lane Cove Green
We will support local bush regeneration and monitoring of storm water inflows into the Lane Cove River. Like the efforts by community groups in the Upper Parramatta River catchment, we would like to investigate what we can do to make the Lane Cove River safe to swim again.
Supporting Local Skills Training
Lane Cove Council can support the skills development of trades and construction. With the decimation of TAFE as we know it, we will seek to ensure any Council project over $500,000 in value will require 10% of the workforce to be apprentices or trainees. This is one small step where we can ensure that trade skills are developed locally.
After Hours School Care
Many Lane Cove residents are double income households. We wish to investigate what role Lane Cove Council can play to support more before and after hours school care facilities for local residents.
Develop an Affordable Housing Plan for Lane Cove
We are committed to developing an affordable housing plan for essential occupations such as teachers, nurses and emergency service personnel in Lane Cove. We will suffer if the people who serve our sick and elderly, or teach our children have to travel long-distances to get to Lane Cove.
We need to expand our Schools
Again this may be a State issue, however, there is no clear plan to expand the capacity of local schools beyond introducing more demountable classrooms. We will campaign to ensure a plan is developed by the State Government to address the growing school aged population in our local schools.
Faster Wi-Fi in Lane Cove Library
Tried to connect to wireless internet in the Library? We know the NBN has fallen short of what it was intended to be. Surely we can work out how to get fa ster Wi-Fi internet in the Library.
As our population grows, the pressures for more development will continue. To date, there has been no connection between new developments and additional services such as public transport, schools and roads. We want to make sure services are planned before any new developments are proposed. Right now, we have a lot of catching up to do.
Improve our parks
Many residents with younger children and pets have told us that they feel our park facilities can be improved. This includes introducing more interesting and varied play equipment for children. Installing more fencing to ensure protection for children from running onto roads and segregated children and pet-friendly areas. Our local public toilet facilities need updating and several parks require rubbish and recycling facilities to be provided. We are committed to a full audit of local park facilities and implementing a plan to upgrade local parks.
Campaign for safer cycling options
The ability of local residents to cycle to the city or cycle to the Lane Cove Plaza can be a real alternative to help tackle local traffic congestion. We are committed to increasing safe cycling facilities and to campaign for the Roads & Maritime Service to complete the ‘missing link’ in the dedicated and segregated cycleway between Cammeray and North Sydney. Although this is outside of the Lane Cove Local Government Area – completing this ‘missing link’ will enable Lane Cove residents to cycle all the way to the Sydney CBD on a safe and segregated cycle way.
Andrew Zbik Welcomes Liberal Premier’s Backflip on Forced Council Amalgamations Ahead of Lane Cove Council Election
Labor Candidates Andrew Zbik and David Roenfeldt today welcomed the backflip announced yesterday by the NSW Premier that Lane Cove Council will not be forced to merge with Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils.Read more
Running as a Labor candidate in a traditionally blue ribbon area like Lane Cove has its challenges.
This will be my third campaign as a candidate in Lane Cove having previously contested the Council Election in 2012 and the State Election in 2015.Read more
Who would build a house but not plan to connect it to electricity or water supplies? No one would. Why would you build 2,000 new homes and not provide extra services such as buses? This is the current situation faced by residents in Lane Cove.Read more
NSW Senator Sam Dastyari visited Lane Cove last Tuesday evening to address a public forum about proposed changes to racial discrimination laws in Australia.
The forum discussed the recently released report by the Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights reviewing the Racial Discrimination Act and particularly sections 18C and 18D of that Act.Read more
The idea by Anthony Roberts – State Member for Lane Cove saying that he wants first home owners to be able to access their superannuation to purchase their first homes (North Shore Times – Thursday 23rd February) is yet another example of the Liberals undermining the superannuation system in Australia. Once again they are not tackling the real problems contribution to making housing unaffordable for many Australians.Read more