A voice to ask hard questions

Sydney United: Roselyn Horvath (Sydney Alliance), Miguel Ferrero (Western Sydney Community Forum), Father Peter Smith (St Francis Xavier Parish), David Barrow (Sydney Alliance) and Bernadette D'Cunha (Carnes Hill Parish). Picture: Luke Fuda
Sydney United: Roselyn Horvath (Sydney Alliance), Miguel Ferrero (Western Sydney Community Forum), Father Peter Smith (St Francis Xavier Parish), David Barrow (Sydney Alliance) and Bernadette D'Cunha (Carnes Hill Parish). Picture: Luke Fuda

A NEW group that has formed in Liverpool says it will be asking the candidates in the upcoming council elections the hard questions.

The Sydney Alliance is a new non-party political organisation. A Fairfield-Liverpool district branch of the Sydney Alliance has opened, comprising local organisations and community members.

David Barrow, organiser for the Fairfield-Liverpool district, says the alliance is a new voice for the community.

"First we bring people together, then we train people, then we find out what they really care about, and then we act," he said.

He said 14 local organisations have joined the new Fairfield-Liverpool district of the alliance since February this year.

In April, the group ran a listening campaign to find out about concerns related to safety and transport.

About 50 people gathered at St Therese Primary School in Sadlier to take part.

"From that listening came concerns about getting to and from medical centres in the CBD, safety at local train stations and the cost of parking at the hospital," Mr Barrow said.

Candidates for the upcoming council elections will be invited to speak at an assembly of the Fairfield-Liverpool Sydney Alliance. The event will be hosted by St Francis Xavier Catholic Parish in Lurnea on Sunday, August 26.

Father Peter Smith, from the church, said the group had slowly built trusting relationships within the community.

Details: More information, sydneyalliance.org.au.