Angela Vithoulkas

Pity C&R are too useless to adopt this policy

Ever since the big launch of the new gay branding of C7R they have disappeared without trace. They would certainly never consider adopting policies like these though:

THE Liberal Party has pledged to cut City of Sydney council rates by 10 per cent as candidates for the job of Sydney’s lord mayor step up their appeals to voters ahead of the September 8 local government elections.

The federal Member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, yesterday joined the lord mayoral candidate Edward Mandla for the announcement – a centrepiece of the party’s pitch to wrest control of Sydney from the independent Clover Moore, who is running for her third term in the top job.

”It will appeal to every ratepayer, every resident, every business in the City of Sydney,” Mr Turnbull said.

”The city is building up an enormous cash hoard, it’s gigantic. It can well afford to cut the rates by 10 per cent.”

Another group campaigning to topple Cr Moore – Living Sydney, led by Angela Vithoulkas – wants to make bicycle registration compulsory for all cyclists aged over 13.

It also wants to set up a system of compulsory third party personal injury insurance, similar to green slip insurance for cars, to apply to all cyclists on the city’s roads.

Ms Vithoulkas said she would use a ”citizens’ jury” of randomly selected residents and ratepayers to determine whether the cycleways should be pulled out.

Mr Mandla has pledged to immediately freeze plans to extend the cycleways pending a cost-benefit study.

He said yesterday that by cutting back on ”nutty capital expenditure” council would ”end up with more cash in the bank at the end of four years than we have now”.

If elected, a Liberal council would reduce council operating costs by a net of 5 per cent and cut capital spending by $250 million following an immediate audit of council spending.

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