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.
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
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
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
Today, Justice Moore of the NSW Land and Environment Court dismissed court action by the Liberal dominated Lane Cove Council against the Baird Liberal Government's plans to force the amalgamation of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils.Read more
LOCAL LABOR FORUM CALLS FOR ANTHONY ROBERTS TO SHOW SOME GUTS AND OPPOSE FORCED COUNCIL AMALGAMATIONS
The Hon. Peter Primrose MLC Shadow Minister for Local Government together with the Mayor of Ryde Jerome Laxale, addressed a community forum on the State Government’s proposed forced amalgamation of Lane Cove, Hunters Hill and Ryde Councils.
Lane Cove Labor is happy to announce that Peter Primrose MLC & Labor Shadow Minister for Local Government is to visit Lane Cove on Thursday 1st October for a public forum discussing the prospect of forced Council amalgamations.Read more
Its time that Lane Cove Council considered our public land for public services. Not for ventures that the private sector would provide anyway.