First thoughts on the Wollongong/Shellharbour Merger

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:03
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So we finally have some actual detail about how the proposed Wollongong/Shellharbour LGA merger might work. Not just the fluff about "so many millions" that might be spent, but actual structural information.

First off let's have a look at how the proposed new LGA is going to work from a representative point of view.

Wollongong currently has the following:

Illawarra Labor Party: Who cares about the election, I want the seat!

Submitted by James Purser on Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:25
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Like sands through the freaking hour glass, so the Illawarra Labor party continues to rip itself a new one.

First a little background.

Back in 2010, former union president Stephen Jones was parachuted into the seat of Throsby to replace the departing former ACTU president Jeannie George (who had been parachuted in to the seat in 2001). All of this parachuting was as a result of a deal between the left and right factions of the Labor party, which gave the right access to certain seats in exchange for the left to have control over Throsby.

A bit of an update

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 08/12/2011 - 23:26

I haven't blogged for a little while so I thought I would do a quick catchup.

First up I'm in the process of starting up a new media project. This one's not going to be as focused as Open Source On The Air, instead it's going to be something that allows me to meet interesting people and ask them questions about a wide range of different subjects. I'm currently gathering material for the first episode (which is going to have a focus on the Australian Space community).

Wollongong in 50 Years

Submitted by James Purser on Fri, 05/20/2011 - 14:02
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Okay, so the Property Council of Australia's rep in the Illawarra David Lang has called for a discussion on future population targets for the Illawarra region, with his first target on the table being 500,000 by 2050.

The Greens have come back and said no way, it will make Wollongong look like the Goldcoast with 20 storey high apartment blocks blighting the skyline.

To be honest I think both of them have issues.