Councillor Irene Doutney
Irene Doutney, City of Sydney Councillor
My main objective is to persuade Council to move in a more innovative and socially just direction, particularly in relation to the disadvantaged, the environment and the cohesion of our communities. A just and sustainable future for our beautiful city is my focus.
I am a resident of Sydney, born in Kings Cross – and am currently a public-housing tenant in Redfern. I have been active in my local community as a member of the management committee of the local community centre and the coordinating group of REDWatch, the local resident action group.
I have degrees in History and Fine Art and have worked in the theatre, museums and parliament. The issues of biggest concern to me are:
*Housing – a fair go for public housing tenants and support for the homeless to get back on their feet.
*LGBTI – end the discrimination that sadly in 2010 still pervades parts of our society and make sure people of all orientations feel safe anywhere in our city.
*Aboriginal issues – ensuring that Aboriginal Australians have access to all the resources that the population of a wealthy nation like ours take for granted.
*Development – making sure that the excessive influence property developers have over both major political parties doesn’t result in inappropriate development within the City of Sydney.
*Biodiversity – protecting the amazing array of life that exists in our country, both in natural, wild places and in the highly modified landscapes of our urban environments.
I also have my own website at http://clrdoutney.wordpress.com/ and you are welcome to visit.