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Buchanan Mosque approved by Cessnock Council

This is my ‘official’ thank you note to everyone who made it possible for Cessnock Council to approve the mosque at Buchanan last night (Wednesday 20th July). To the Newcaslte Muslim Association, Phillipa Parsons from Newcastle: Unity in Diversity, Uniting Church Hunter Presbytery, Jo Wickham from Refugee Action Network, the Olive Ribbon Campaign, Sister Diana Santleben from Hunter Refugees & Partners Inc,

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James Ryan nomination for NSW Upper House

Dear friends This post is particularly for NSW Greens members interested in the pre-selection to fill the casual vacany created by the tragic death of John Kaye. John’s death has been a huge loss not only for his family but also for The Greens and the community at large. We must continue working for the progressive social change and environmental repair that

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Double standards at Cessnock Council

Double standards at Cessnock Council Cessnock Council descended into farce on Wednesday night when it voted to adopt a Heritage Policy to protect heritage items and at the same meeting voted  to allow the demolition of the roof of a heritage listed hotel. The Heritage Policy says Council is committed to recognising, protecting enhancing and promoting  European and Aboriginal heritage in the Cessnock Local Government

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Regent Honeyeater trumps Cessnock Council

Very pleased by this win in the NSW Land and Environment Court. James Ryan   Regent Honeyeater trumps Cessnock Council Matthew KellyMarch 11, 2016 The NSW Land and Environment Court has ruled Cessnock City Council had no legal power to approve the development Hunter Economic Zone without first conducting a species impact statement on the Regent Honeyeater. A regent honeyeater

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Maitland mayor responds to Cessnock councillor’s criticism of city

By NICK BIELBY Sept. 27, 2015, 3:41 p.m. IRE RAISED: Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore says he has little regard for the negative opinions of Cessnock councillor James Ryan. A Cessnock councillor who called Maitland “the saddest place in the Hunter” should stick to his side of the local government area boundary, the mayor of Maitland says. Cr James Ryan told

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Cessnock councillor slams Maitland as “the saddest place in the Hunter”

Sept. 25, 2015, 10:20 p.m by Damon Cronshaw, Newcastle Herald MAITLAND’s urban sprawl, rampant consumerism and car-reliant culture made it the “saddest place in the Hunter”, Cessnock councillor James Ryan says. Cr Ryan, a Greens member, railed against Maitland’s shopping-mall culture and McMansions with small backyards and few trees. He was not aiming to criticise Maitland’s people or personalities, but

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The secret service: local councils acting as global consultants

from Joanne McCarthy and the Newcastle Herald   HUNTER Councils has morphed from being a local government body acting as the ‘‘Voice of the Hunter’’ to a secretive organisation advising foreign countries about the ‘‘restructure of national government’’. Alarm bells are ringing after a restructure that turned Hunter Councils Ltd into Strategic Services Australia, a company with the region’s general

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