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Heidi Lee Douglas and her children at Brighton Le Sands (Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald)

More than 3,000 Bayside residents have already joined us to lobby for a Peaceful Bayside. Here is our story.

How it began

Bayside resident Heidi Lee Douglas was almost hit by dangerous drivers twice in one week when walking her local streets. Moved to action, Heidi set up the Bayside Residents for Peaceful Streets petition, calling for the Mayor of Bayside Council to work with police to create safer streets.

How it Grew

The response from the petition was phenomenal and so Peaceful Bayside grew from the petition, with a core group of volunteer organisers, 650+ Facebook action group supporters and more than 3,000 petition signatories.

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We have educated and mobilised the community to properly report hooning and dangerous driving to Council, through online education, letterbox drops and attending police community consultation events. St George Police have acted on Peaceful Bayside's requests for more policing of dangerous driving and hooning through Operation Engage.

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In November 2020, Peaceful Bayside presented our petition to Bayside Council together with a set of recommendations on how Council can improve safety and liveability in Bayside in relation to safer streets.

 

Bayside Council unanimously supported Peaceful Bayside's suggestions. Council created its own Safe Bayside campaign to lobby state government for speed cameras on Bay Street. 

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Peaceful Bayside has written to the Minister for Roads and Transport and the Minister for Police, and has mobilised our mailing list to also write to the ministers regarding these issues in Bayside. We have been working with our State Member of Parliament, Steve Kamper to increase his representations on the issue.

 

WHY WE ARE RUNNING FOR COUNCIL

Many of the commitments Bayside Council made to the Peaceful Bayside action group have not been honoured and we need councillors to be more active on this issue.

That is why we are running three Peaceful Bayside independent candidates in the 4 September Bayside Council election: Heidi Lee Douglas, Imroze Ali and Joyce Campbell. Our highly skilled, community-minded team will work with members of all political parties and other independents to create the best outcomes for our local community.

 

Being elected to Council will allow us to drive the campaign for safer Bayside streets from within, as well as push for the improvements we know are urgently needed in Bayside.

 

Our community wants fresh, visionary leadership for Bayside. 

Once elected to Council, we will continue to push State and Federal governments for solutions to this issue - our team has experience delivering community outcomes from state government.

OUR TEAM

We are local residents coming together to use our professional and personal skills to provide fresh leadership and more diverse representation.

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Heidi Lee Douglas and Peaceful Bayside supporters (Courtesy of 9News)

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Our candidates: Heidi Lee Douglas,

Joyce Campbell and Imroze Ali