Mass demonstration at Sydney Park

A message from WestCONnex Action Group:

Today WestConnex contractors began destroying large numbers of trees in Sydney Park on the corner of Euston and Campbell Roads.

This is an urgent appeal to WestConnex Action Group members and supporters to join a mass demonstration at the Sydney Park Camp tomorrow morning from 6am to take a stand against the clear felling of large swathes of trees and the demolition of scores of homes in St Peters at Sydney Park and surrounds.

Your support so far during this campaign has been great and is appreciated. The Sydney Park protest camp has been in operation for 116 days now and this has been a huge community effort. We now need you tomorrow and throughout this week to stand up again against WestConnex.

Despite all the evidence showing that the plans by WestConnex for the St Peters Interchange and the New M5 will be a disaster, just like the M4 East has been, Duncan Gay and the Baird government have not listened.

Their road building frenzy knows no limits – more than 800 significant trees in and around the Inner West’s largest green space, Sydney Park, will be felled in the next few weeks as works begin to widen Euston and Campbell Roads to 7 and 8 lane highways.

Premier Baird and Roads Minister Duncan Gay definitely don’t have a social license for this project. We know tens of thousands of people all around Sydney do not support this wasteful road building which will feed the corporate tollroad companies for decades to come.

Join us tomorrow morning at 6am or as early as you can at the Sydney Park Camp on the corner of Euston and Campbell Roads to stand against Baird’s vandalism.

We know there’s a better way of doing transport in this city and we are prepared to fight WestConnex for as long as it takes to stop this dirty tollroad destroying our communities.

We need everyone to stand up and say NO tomorrow morning

TAKE ACTION

THURSDAY Jan 12 from 6AM (if you can’t make it at 6, please come down as early as you can)

Corner of Euston and Campbell Roads St Peters (entry via Campbell Road – walk or drive down Campbell Road from the Princes Highway)
WestCONnex Action Group
http://www.westconnexactiongroup.org.au/

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December Meeting Agenda

On the agenda for tomorrow’s ARAG meeting (14/12/2106):

  • Waterloo Metro – is there a possibility of another station in or around Alexandria?
  • Australian Technology Park redevelopment and the Planning Assessment Commission
  • WestConnex – possible legal challenge
  • Alexandria community wins in 2016

You are invited to stay after the formal part of the meeting to celebrate our efforts and share some Christmas cheer. Bring something to drink and/or some nibbles to share!

Meeting starts at 7pm, at Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St.

In other news:

  • Ashmore Estate – Greenland Australia and GH Properties are building a around 1500 apartments on a 6.9-hectare site previously owned by Goodman. To receive project updates and be notified of community events, email: community [at] glgroup.com.au. Please write Ashmore Estate in the subject line.
  • Alexandria Park School Redevelopment (Mitchell Road Campus). The project management team are continuing to hold update meetings with small groups of residents. The next meeting will be on Monday 19 December, from 14:00 – 15:00. If you are interested in attending, please contact ben.aveling [at] arag.org.au or  Alex Wilson <wilson.a [at] rootprojects.com.au>

 

Meeting Wednesday: WestConnex, ATP, Alex Park School

Our next meeting is this Wednesday, at the usual time and place of:

7pm at Alexandria Town Hall.

On the agenda:

  • Asking City of Sydney for a traffic study (and maybe some other things)
  • Mirvac’s plans to bring 10,000 CBA staff to the ATP
  • Alexandria Park Community School re-development

Music Festival to protest destruction of Sydney Park for WasteCONnex tollway

This post is sourced from http://www.westconnexactiongroup.org.au/music_festival_protest_destruction_sydney_park_westconnex_tollway to inform members and friends of the Alexandria Residents’ Action Group.

THOUSANDS of people will flock to St Peters on the October Long Weekend to protest the destruction of Sydney Park and support the anti-WestConnex blockade.

The Save Sydney Park Festival is being organised by Reclaim The Streets (RTS) and WestCONnex Action Group (WAG), and will feature multiple stages. Local acts will play everything from Chicago house to UK garage, hip hop, jungle, and drum and bass.

The family-friendly festival will be held on the Euston Road side of Sydney Park, which residents have occupied around the clock since 19 September to prevent the destruction of hundreds of trees for WestConnex. It will start at 1pm on Saturday 1 October and end at sunset.

“Where we see a park, Casino Mike sees an opportunity to sell us out,” said RTS spokesperson James Loch.

“The Baird government cares only for the profits of their major donors, but we care about every inch of our precious green space.

“If money grew on trees, you can bet they wouldn’t be cutting them down in Sydney Park.

“We will not let them trade in our beautiful park for their dirty toll road,” said Mr Loch.

“If Mike Baird gets his way, over 14,000 square metres of Sydney Park and hundreds of trees in it will be destroyed for WestConnex,” said WAG spokesperson Janet Dandy-Ward.

“They’re planning to ‘replace’ these devastating losses with what may be the world’s worst park: some ‘green space’ under the massive flyovers and unfiltered pollution stacks of the monstrous St Peters Interchange.

“The community has had enough of Mike Baird selling us out to his toll road mates, and we’re delighted to team up with Reclaim the Streets again to help stop WestConnex,” said Ms Dandy-Ward.

Contacts: James Loch 0403 601 511, Amanda Sordes 0479 101 272

Poster artwork available on request. Facebook event page: bit.ly/savesydparkfest

Reclaim The Streets has a long history of large, colourful protest festivals. View photos of previous events on Facebook at bit.ly/rtsalbum1, bit.ly/rtsalbum2, bit.ly/rtsalbum3 and bit.ly/rtsalbum4

Save Sydney Park Festival poster

Confirming the future of “The Alex”

This message was today received from the City of Sydney:
28-Sep-2016

SITE: 35 HENDERSON ROAD , EVELEIGH  NSW  2015, 39 HENDERSON ROAD , EVELEIGH NSW  2015, 33 GARDEN STREET , EVELEIGH  NSW  2015, 31 GARDEN STREET , EVELEIGH NSW  2015

PROPOSAL: PROPOSED MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT ADJACENT TO AND WITHIN THE ALEXANDRIA HOTEL SITE. PROPOSAL INCLUDES RETAINING THE HOTEL USE FOR THE ALEXANDRIA HOTEL, INCLUDING A COURTYARD ADJACENT HENDERSON ROAD. AT THE REAR OF THE HOTEL, A 7 STOREY RESIDENTIAL FLAT BUILDING IS PROPOSED CONSISTING OF 26 UNITS, A GROUND FLOOR COMMERCIAL PREMISES FRONTING GARDEN STREET AND A COMMUNAL ROOFTOP TERRACE. SUBDIVISION OF CURRENT 4 LOTS INTO 2 LOTS IS ALSO PROPOSED.

DA NO:                      D/2016/374

                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Dear Sir/Madam

I refer to your submission about the above application and wish to inform you that this application has subsequently been withdrawn by the applicant.

If you would like to speak directly to a Council planning officer about this decision, you can contact Jarrad Sheather on ph. 02 9246 7593, or by email at jsheather@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

Yours faithfully

BILL MACKAY

Manager – Planning Assessment

Live near Alex Park School? Design your new neighbour.

The Department of Education has contacted ARAG. They want your input into their plans for the redevelopment of what is currently the Alexandria Park Community School Senior Campus, on Mitchell Road. Continue reading

New threat to Sydney Park

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If WestConnex were not enough, there is a proposal to build a six storey,  400+ apartment building in the middle of Sydney Park.

The proposed new development will replace what is currently a low rise warehouse/office building that is tucked behind a row of trees next to the lakes.

The full details are yet to be released, but we do know that the new buildings will be considerably taller than the surrounding trees and will be hard up against the boundaries with Sydney Park.

There is even a suggestion that the new complex will be called Sydney Park.

Formal objections have closed, but we are told that if an objection is received by the end of this week, it will still be considered.

We have prepared a suggested template that you might like to use as the starting point for your own objection – we strongly encourage you explain in your own words why this development matters to – it just carries more weight if you use your own words and talk about the things that matter to you.

Objections should be sent to RHand@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au ASAP, but definitely by 16/9.