In February 2013, the Greens NSW created the Animal Welfare and Protection Working Group (AWPWG).
The group was designed to bring together members of the Greens who care about animals and are keen to work together to push for change.
Since then members of the group have been working alongside Greens MPs to progress animal campaigns and issues within the party and the community.
Key achievements over the past year include:
Greens NSW Spokesperson for Transport and Western Sydney, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has welcomed reports that the Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejeklian, will move to include the Parramatta Light Rail concept in future transport plans, but warned that concrete plans needs to be made. The Greens have been advocating for money that has been committed for the wasteful and unnecessary WestConnex tollway to be used for the light rail.
"It is refreshing to see that there is some interest in this government for real public transport solutions for Western Sydney, even while they are wasting billions on the WestConnex Tollway and the North West shuttle service to Chatswood.
"However, the sincerity of these reports remains to be seen - the Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, has previously ridiculed the Parramatta Light Rail proposal in parliament.
"The Greens have been consistently pushing for the Parramatta Light Rail plan that will deliver real intra-Western Sydney transport solutions.
Almost four hundred positions have been lost from TAFE in NSW as managers cope with budget cuts and prepare for the devastating impacts of a training market that will strip TAFE of all of its core funding for its bread and butter courses, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
('TAFE funding cuts raise fears over training skills', Sun Herald, 9 March, p. 12, http://j.mp/SH140309)
Figures obtained by the Greens through a question on notice to the Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, show that 395 jobs were lost from TAFE last year, including 260 in the three institutes in Sydney, and 40 in the Hunter and Illawarra. The full data is available at http://j.mp/qon1403TAFE.
Dr Kaye said: "The cuts so far have devastated TAFE colleges, students and teachers across NSW but there is far worse to come.
In a case of direct political interference in the planning process, Planning Minister Brad Hazzard has routinely used his Ministerial powers to remove community appeal rights from some of the most controversial planning decisions in NSW.