Communities will keep up the pressure on the Labor majority elected to the Newcastle Council, reports Kerry Smith.
Supercars, council transparency and Stockton Beach’s sand erosion problems were key discussion topics at a Newcastle lord mayoral candidates’ forum. Kathy Fairfax reports.
A member of the audience at a recent public meeting in Merewether cheekily referred to Newcastle as being run by the Property Council, not the city council.
In the 1960s, Joy Cummings, a Labor Party activist, locked onto a row of Moreton Bay figs in Islington Park, Newcastle. The majestic trees, which had been earmarked for the chainsaw to widen the road, were saved and still stand today. Cummings went on to be elected to Newcastle Council and in 1974 became Australia’s first female Lord Mayor.