Community meeting 30 Nov 2017

Save Marrickville public meeting launches campaign to stop high rise

Over 100 Marrickville residents have launched the Save Marrickville group’s campaign to stop high rise and over-development, at a vocal meeting at Ferncourt Public School on 30 November 2017.

This campaign launch follows on from an earlier Inner West Council meeting at Marrickville Town Hall where 500 people heard about plans by Mirvac for 35 storey high rise in the Carrington precinct, and NSW government plans for high density apartments across Marrickville.

“Save Marrickville residents will campaign throughout 2018, by talking to the government and politicians, and through the media, our website, placards on houses, public events, the 500 local people on our email list, and by publicising the importance of industrial land for making things in Marrickville,” said spokesperson Paul Mortimer.

“The residents want local Council to have control of planning, not the NSW Berejiklian government and its ‘planned precincts’, which impose massive development without parks, schools or parking.”

Local Councillors Mark Drury (Labor) and Colin Hesse and Louise Steer (Greens) were at the meeting. Councillor Drury was representing Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne and local MPs Anthony Albanese and Jo Haylen, who have condemned government plans for Marrickville. Liberal MPs have recently spoken out against developments in areas such as Drummoyne and Ryde, and the Greater Sydney Commission has said industrial lands in the area should be preserved.

“The residents agreed to campaign for a good built environment for the Marrickville community, and to preserve local heritage, industrial land and employment,” said Paul Mortimer.

“The Planning Minister Anthony Roberts is expected to announce the amended precinct plans for Sydenham to Bankstown in the new year. Marrickville residents put in the highest number of submissions on precinct plans, but the Minister has not yet agreed to meet with Save Marrickville.”

Media contacts:

Paul Mortimer 0435 240 844 [email protected] 

Kelsie Dadd 0428 406 929 [email protected] 

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Motion that was passed unanimously at the meeting

Save Marrickville local residents will not accept the destruction of our neighbourhood through over development and high rise.

Marrickville must be properly planned in the interests of the people who will live and work here, with:

  • sympathetic development and density; 
  • local council and community control of planning; 
  • preserved heritage and local character; 
  • preserved industrial lands and employment; and 
  • planning of infrastructure first, including schools, parks, roads, affordable housing and parking.

Save Marrickville expresses solidarity with the Sydenham to Bankstown Alliance, Save Dully, Marrickville Residents Action Group and Save our Valley.