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Heidi Lee Douglas and her children at Brighton Le Sands (Courtesy of the Sydney Morning Herald 2020)

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 (June 2020). 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 to the petition was phenomenal, and so Heidi set up a Facebook group "Bayside Residents for Peaceful Streets". Within days twenty concerned locals came together and created the community group "Peaceful Bayside", with a core group of volunteer organisers, supported by 650+ Facebook action group supporters and more than 3,000 petition signatories. 

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Since then Peaceful Bayside have educated and mobilised the community to properly report hooning and dangerous driving to Council. We engage with our community 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 Premier, 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 ran FOR COUNCIL

Commitments made by Bayside Council needed ongoing pressure to be honoured, and we need councillors to be more active on this issue.

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

That is why we ran three Peaceful Bayside independent candidates in the 4 December 2021 Bayside Council election for Ward 5. These candidates were Heidi Lee Douglas, Imroze Ali and Joyce Campbell - local residents coming together to use our professional and personal skills to provide fresh leadership and more diverse representation.

In December 2021, Heidi become"Councillor Douglas" when she was been elected to Bayside Council. Councillor Douglas and Peaceful Bayside have continued to push State and Federal governments for solutions to hooning as well as many other issues, guided by the values of Peaceful Bayside.

Our highly skilled, community-minded team commits to working with members of all political parties and other independents to create the best outcomes for our local community.

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Heidi Lee Douglas and Peaceful Bayside supporters (Courtesy of 9 News, 2020)

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Our 2021 candidates: Heidi Lee Douglas,

Joyce Campbell and Imroze Ali

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