Fitzroy is one of the cultural hubs of Australia. Stephen has long fought to ensure it stays that way. Unfortunately gentrification and rising rents are pushing lots of people out of the area.
One way to address this would be to introduce rent controls. At the same time planning laws need to take account of the live music and arts venues to ensure they are protected.
Last year Stephen led the fight to save the open space at the Fitzroy public housing estate. He also helped stop the previous Labor government selling off the nearby Condell Park to developers.
Going back many years Stephen has supported campaigns to save the Fitzroy pool, participated in protests against the widening of Alexandra Parade and helped young retail and hospitality workers win better pay and conditions on Brunswick Street.