The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Greens is a local group of the Greens NSW and the Australian Greens Party. Our members generally live in the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai Local Government Areas in the north west of Sydney. The land administered by these two councils was originally inhabited by the Dharug and Gu-ring-gai peoples there is considerable evidence that the area had been continuously inhabited for at least 15,000 to 20,000 years. White settlement and occupation dates back to the First Fleet. The area is characterised by ridge roads, ridge railway lines and settlement along these transport routes. The Great North Road and the Old Berowra Road were two main road routes to Newcastle via Wiseman's Ferry and Peat's Ferry. The railway bridge and road bridge, carrying the Pacific Highway and F3 Freeway, at the Peat's Ferry crossing is now the main transport route north of Sydney.
The Hornsby Local Government Area is the second largest local government area in the Sydney region, at 510 square kilometres in area (50,990 hectares).
In common with all Greens groups, all decisions are made according to consensus decision-making principles. This means that we vote only when consensus is not reached and there are compelling reasons why a decision must be made at that time.
The four main Greens principles are:
- ecological sustainability
- social equality and economic justice
- grassroots democracy
- peace and nonviolence
Localities within the Hornsby Local Government Area include the suburbs of: Asquith, Beecroft, Berowra, Berowra Heights, Berowra Waters, Carlingford (shared with The Hills Shire and City of Parramatta), Castle Hill (shared with The Hills Shire), Cheltenham, Cherrybrook, Epping (shared with City of Parramatta and City of Ryde), Hornsby, Hornsby Heights, Mount Colah, Mount Kuring-gai, Normanhurst, North Epping, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh, Wahroonga (shared with Ku-ring-gai Council), Waitara, Westleigh, West Pennant Hills (shared with The Hills Shire); and places known as Hookhams Corner, Roselea, Round Corner, Thompsons Corner, Arcadia, Berrilee, Bobbin Head, Brooklyn, Canoelands, Cowan, Dangar Island, Dural (shared with The Hills Shire), Fiddletown, Fishermans Point, Forest Glen, Galston, Glenhaven (shared with The Hills Shire), Glenorie (shared with The Hills Shire), Laughtondale, Maroota, Middle Dural, Milsons Passage, Singletons Mill, Wisemans Ferry (shared with City of Gosford and The Hills Shire).
The Hornsby Local Government Area spans the State Electorates of: Hornsby, Hawkesbury, Epping, Castle Hill, and Ku-ring-gai; and the Federal Divisions (Electorates) of: Berowra, Bennelong, and Bradfield.
Localities within the Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area include: East Gordon, East Killara, East Lindfield, East Roseville, East Wahroonga, Gordon, Killara, Lindfield, North Turramurra, North St Ives, North Wahroonga, Pymble, Roseville, Roseville Chase, South Turramurra, St Ives, St Ives Chase, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Warrawee, West Killara, West Lindfield, and West Pymble.
The Ku-ring-gai Local Government Area spans the State Electorates of: Davidson and Ku-ring-gai; and the Federal Divisions (Electorate) of Bradfield.
Our group focuses on campaigning at a local, state, national and international level for a cleaner, fairer and more sustainable world.
The Member of the NSW Parliament for the seat of Balmain is the Greens’ Jamie Parker who was elected in 2011. The NSW Greens also have 5 elected members of the Upper House of the NSW parliament. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Greens group works closely with these MPs on campaigns for: improved public transport and cycleways, a transition to renewable energy, better water and energy efficiency in homes, businesses and government offices, a greater community say in urban planning and development, a ban on corporate political donations, stopping the privatisation of the electricity system and increasing resources for public schools and hospitals.
The Australian Greens have 9 Senators in the Australian parliament, including Lee Rhiannon from NSW. The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Greens group works closely with these Senators on campaigns for: increased investment in and incentives for the switch to renewable energy, more sustainable use of water, land rights and improved services for indigenous Australians, fair and humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers, an end to the mining and export of uranium.
The Australian Greens are part of a network of Greens parties around the world that are working together on international issues like reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting endangered species, stopping the destruction of rainforests, protecting the Antarctic from mining.
Bordering Greens groups include:
Lower North Shore Greens
Northern Beaches Greens
Ryde Epping Greens
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