Meet the Candidates event on Saturday 20 November at Glebe Town Hall (photo: Phil Vergison)

By Judy Vergison, Events Coordinator, December 2021, from Bulletin 10/2021

On Saturday 20 November, the Glebe Society hosted a debate by the six City of Sydney Lord Mayoral candidates. Over 130 people attended in person and online. Before the debate all the candidates provided written responses setting out their position on key areas affecting Glebe.

Questions included:

  • rezoning of parts of Glebe for high rise,
  • the retention of heritage conservation areas,
  • the Blackwattle Bay overdevelopment,
  • Wentworth Park, and
  • the Bridge Rd Cycleway.

The need to protect Glebe’s character was brought home last Wednesday night when the Sydney City Council Local Planning Panel approved the NSW Land and Housing Corporation’s application to erect two eight-storey apartment buildings on what had until recently been part of the St Phillip heritage conservation area.This makes the candidates’ answers to questions 7, 8 and 9 of particular interest.

The candidates’ answers can be found on our website: http://glebesociety.org.au/candidates-for-lord-mayor-on-key-issues-affecting-glebe/.

And a video recording of the Zoom debate can be viewed on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/ZICQCWJ72hE

I would like to thank the candidates for their participation and our members who organised the event, particularly our moderator Allan Hogan. Walking past the Broadway polling station on Monday I ran into a member of one of the election teams. He told me how impressed he was with the way the Society ran this event He said it was the best run meeting he had been to.

The candidates in action at the ‘Meet the Candidates’ event (photos: Phil Vergison)

Sylvie Ellsmore – Greens
Shauna Jarrett – Liberal
Clover Moore – Independent
Linda Scott – Labor
Angela Vithoulkas – The Small Business Party
Yvonne Weldon – Unite for Sydney