Horse racing to return to Victoria Park?

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The Committee for Adelaide has floated the idea of returning horse racing to Victoria Park. I’m not in favour of this proposal. While I support more events in the city, I don’t want to see a return to horse racing and think we should look to the future rather than the past. I shared my views with Channel 7 news. You can watch the story here.

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‘Animal circuses on the Park Lands are now an endangered species’

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My motion for Council to develop a policy banning animal circuses from the Park Lands was narrowly defeated on Tuesday night. Instead Council asked administration to prepare a report investigating the implications of any prohibition. I plan to move on the issue at a future meeting and hope to win support for a ban before the 2016 circus season. It is clear that community opposition to animal circuses in Adelaide is continuing to build…

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Push to ban animal circuses on the parklands

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Two circuses using live exotic animals are coming to the parklands later this year (photo: The City). When this came before the Economic and Community Development Committee I expressed concern for the welfare of the animals involved. I plan to initiate policy change to deal with this issue at a future meeting. You can read more about the debate in The Advertiser.

Parklands dry zone extension?

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Last night Council’s Infrastructure and Public Space Committee voted in favour of a recommendation to extend the Dry Zone for a further 6 months. The matter will go before Council next week. I opposed the recommendation as the preliminary report (page 30 of Agenda) stated that the Dry Zone is simply displacing anti-social behaviour to other parts of the city and not addressing the root cause. In particular, I am concerned that this law and order approach may be further marginalising vulnerable people. Some of my comments were reported in The Advertiser.