Climate Action NSW

Baby turtles in the sand

Governments are failing our community on climate change. It’s essential that we care for the wellbeing of future generations and protect our communities and the environment. If we don’t address global warming and its impact on our climate, we’ll leave an unsafe environment and a compromised quality of life as consequences of our inaction.

The Greens are committed to strong action on climate change. We need communities, businesses and all levels of government – federal, state and local – to play their part. That’s why I’ve introduced legislation that would lock in mandatory targets to ensure NSW achieves net zero emissions by 2040, require all government agencies to plan for how we will reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, and allow court proceedings to hold the government accountable for decisions that undermine climate action.

You can lend your support by visiting the Climate Action NSW website and pledging your Commitment to Climate Action.

Save Byron’s Beaches

Byron Councils support for construction of a rockwall at Belongil Beach will increase erosion, reduce public safety and amenity, affect the tourism industry and set a terrible precedent for the NSW coastline. Tamara Smith MP, the Member for Ballina, Byron’s Greens councillors and I are working with our community to oppose it. You can help us.

Save Byron's Beaches sticker

Click here to request stickers and show your support.

We’re collecting signatures on petitions to be tabled in both houses of Parliament. Download them, collect signatures and send them in:

Watch my speech on the history of Byron Bay’s coastal management, delivered on Thursday 4th June in the NSW Legislative Council:

Fund Our Libraries: An Investment in Communities

Cover of booklet - "Funding Public Libraries"

I’ve been campaigning for improvements to NSW Government funding of public libraries, which has declined over decades and resulted in cost-shifting to local councils. At the NSW Public Libraries Association pre-election forum on 28th October 2014 I spoke and unveiled our new booklet about library services and funding. You can download a PDF of the booklet and we’ll soon be launching a website that has all the information, news about how you can support the campaign, and access to request free copies of our booklets, stickers and bookmarks.

Visit this page to find out more.

Petition: Fix the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme

Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme rally in Macquarie Street

People with a disability have a right to engage in work and recreation but access to suitable transport can be limited and unaffordable. The Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) was introduced in 1981 at a time when there were no public transport options available to people with disability.

The maximum subsidy cap of $30 was last increased in 1999 – 15 years without an increase! Taxi fares have increased by more than 60% over the same period. Victoria increased its scheme in 2008 (from $30 up to $60), which is now double the subsidy cap in NSW.

I hosted a forum in Parliament on 21st October 2014, and ahead of the event there was a rally outside Parliament House. You can also hear more about the issue and the effects of a low taxi transport subsidy on people’s lives in this ABC radio report.

I’m collecting signatures on a petition calling on the NSW Government to increase the subsidy cap. Because the Parliament doesn’t accept electronic petitions, they have to be received in printed form. Please download the petition using the links below, then sign them and collect as many signatures as you can, and send them in to my office (the address is on the petition). Help us to make sure people with disability have fair access to the opportunities to participate in work, recreation and everything else many people take for granted!

Download the petition as a PDF document

Download the petition as a Word document

Petition: Stop the West Byron Mega-Development

The NSW Government is currently considering a massive, inappropriate proposed urban development in West Byron and our community is determined to stop this proposal.

You can help – our petition calls on the Government to defer its decision on the proposal until it has better information about the environmental and social impacts of the development on Byron Shire.

Print, Sign and Send this petition to my office and it will be presented in Parliament. If we can get to 10,000 signatures then there will be a debate in the Legislative Assembly.

Every signature counts, so print the petition, sign it yourself and get your friends and family to do the same, then get those signatures to me so they can all be tabled in Parliament.

Hawkesbury Council’s Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony

During Reconciliation Week, I was pleased to attend the first raising of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island flags, which will now be flown continuously at the Hawkesbury City Council Chambers. It has taken a long time but this is a significant and historic moment for Aboriginal people of the Hawkesbury which will increase a sense of belonging and is a positive step towards reconciliation.

For some more photos of the event visit the Hawkesbury Greens’ Facebook page.

Child Protection Forum: Setting Families up to Succeed

When: Tuesday, 4th March 2014, 1pm-2:30pm
Where: Parliament House Theatrette, Macquarie St, Sydney

More than five years after the Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services and despite policy reforms and action plans at state and federal levels, the number of children in out-of-home care has continued to rise. With new child protection legislation before the Parliament, it is essential to consider the direction NSW can take to provide the support families need and to prevent the risk of harm to children and young people.

Child's painting of four faces showing emotions

A panel of presenters will discuss the need for early action and targeted, appropriate support services for parents and children. How can we transform our early intervention and child protection systems to better support family preservation and restoration? What strategies, services and funding are required? What can we learn from the experiences of those currently involved in child protection and out-of-home care? What are the long-term benefits of improvements in child welfare and wellbeing?

Please join us to discuss these important concerns.

Hosted by Jan Barham MLC, Greens spokesperson on Family and Community Services.

Panel of speakers includes:

  • Brad Delaney, PACT Program Manager, and Noel Walker, Workforce Development Officer, AbSec
  • Danielle Schmid, NSW State Coordinator, and a young consultant, CREATE Foundation
  • Alison Peters, CEO, Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS)
  • Dr Wendy Foote, Deputy CEO and Director Policy and Membership, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA)
  • Anne Hollonds, CEO, Benevolent Society
  • Liz Snell, Law Reform and Policy Coordinator, Women’s Legal Services NSW

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Jan Barham’s office, or (02) 9230 2603.

NSW Legislation Open Data Creative Challenge

Greens MP and Housing & Arts spokesperson Jan Barham is inviting graphic designers, creative artists, data analysts, policy wonks, geospatial information system (GIS) specialists, residential park residents and ‘open/public data’ aficionados to participate in a New South Wales Legislation Open Data Challenge.

Jan is seeking data analysis, apps, data visualisations, multimedia presentations and open source data collection to help NSW politicians and communities get a more informed picture of the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Bill 2013. With better information we can hopefully get an improved policy and legislation outcome for all residents of residential parks in NSW.


The NSW Government has recently introduced the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Bill 2013[1]. The Bill reforms the way caravan parks and manufactured home estates are managed and governed in NSW.

These parks are not just places for tourists and campers having a week away on NSW’s beautiful coast or regional towns. Caravan parks (also known as residential parks) are home to approximately 33,000 permanent residents. In regional and rural communities residential parks play an important part in the affordable housing mix. For a more detailed background on the legislation please the material below.

Why an Open Data Challenge?

Often governments make important policy decisions that affect the everyday lives of citizens without sufficient evidence or information. In other instances, government agencies maintain a monopoly over what really should be public information.  

The aim of this Open Data Challenge is to involve people in the review of laws and public policy by analysing open/publicly available data in innovative ways and to create data visualisations that help tell important stories in a more accessible way. We believe an online community from all parts of NSW and potentially Australia can make an important contribution to public policy through such an initiative.

In this specific circumstance, the aim is to achieve greater insight into the demographic profile of residential park residents, a geospatial understanding of residential parks and a data rich perspective on park operation.

Submissions and information provided as part of the Open Data Challenge will be presented to the NSW Press Gallery during debate on the legislation and posted on Jan’s website. All works will be fully attributed to authors/participants and we will tweet your contribution to our networks. This is a great opportunity to showcase your open data collection, design, analysis or programming skills and promote your work.

How to Participate

  1. Start by downloading the existing data resources on Jan’s website (see below) and review the suggested approaches, but feel free to think outside the square.
  2. Take a look at other open/public data collection and data visualisation projects for further ideas.
  3. Send your data visualisations, apps, designs or open data analysis work to with your full details and a brief explanation of how you put your work together. Please submit all work before Nov 21, 2013 for inclusion in the project.
  4. We will be using the twitter hashtag #nswdatachallenge to exchange ideas, have Q&A, provide updates on the progress of legislation and share project work.

Some suggested projects include:

  • Keyword analysis of Parliamentary Speeches, Ministerial Press Releases and Department of Fair Trading material on the legislation and historical amendments to the Residential Parks Act 1998.
  • GIS and location analysis involving plotting of residential parks and other location information such as crown land reserves, service mapping, house price rises by postcode or population movements for example.
  • Data visualisations, graphs or multimedia including images of caravan parks in NSW
  • Data analysis and graphics using NSW Government data, open source data or ABS data (ABS Table Builder) exploring resident and caravan park demographics. This might include using ABS data to examine demographics and parks communities.
  • Review and analysis of Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal data on Residential Parks cases.
  • Social media network analysis and visualisation of key stakeholders using programs such as Gelphi.

Want further information about the Open Data Challenge?

If you want to discuss your project/contribution with us or seek clarification on the type of work we want to encourage, please feel free to contact us at, tweet us at @janbarham, call us on (02) 9230 2204 or use the twitter hashtag #nswdatachallenge.


Click here for the New South Wales Minister for Fair Trading’s 2nd Reading on the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Bill 2013.

Click here for the Residential (Land Lease) Communities Bill 2013 .

Click here for a breakdown by year of Residential Park matters taken on the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribubal (CTTT). Park and estate residents and managers can take disputes to the CTTT to resolve issues such as contract breaches, rent increases  or rental bonds to name a few. The data is taken from CTTT annual reports which can be accessed here.

Click here for a KML file which includes location information on parks taken from the NSW Residential Parks Register.To open the KML file use a GIS program or Google Earth which will plot the various park locations in NSW.

Click here for a excel spreadsheet of residential parks listed by Local Government Area (LGA). Included in the spreadsheet is LGA population, rate of park presence per population, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). Many more data sets could be added using Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) resources.

Submissions on the draft exposure Bill by key stakeholders – ARPRA (Affiliated Residential Park Residents Association NSW) and Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association.

Visit the NSW Open Data Site and search data by NSW Government Department

Image credit:

Above: Twofold Bay Beach Caravan Park CC-BY-NC-ND by KMJPhotography (TillyDog)

Front page: Terrigal Haven Caravan Park CC-BY-NC by Gostalgia: Local history from Gosford Library, from the collection of the late Doug and Margaret Parton of Toukley.

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