Statement for ACA

Channel 9’s A Current Affair contacted Save Marrickville for a story they’re doing on overdevelopment in Sydney. Here’s the statement we gave them.


Housing Strategy for the Inner West

Recent changes to planning legislation in NSW means that the Inner West Council is required to develop a local housing strategy in consultation with the community. This strategy needs to be consistent with the Greater Sydney Commission's Greater Sydney Region Plan A Metropolis of Three Cities and the Eastern City District Plan. The Council currently has a draft housing strategy on public exhibition. We are encouraging everyone interested in housing to take a look at the documentation and submit their feedback to Council. The deadline is the 28th July.

This is an unique opportunity to be involved in the strategic direction of housing in our community. If you want to make a real impact to the types of housing development and the identification of parts of the Inner West more or less suitable for housing development, this is your chance. Please take the time to let Council know what you think of their Local Housing Strategy. This strategy will feed into the Inner West LEP that is being created right now. 

Find out more the Local Housing Strategy

If you want to talk to someone about the strategy you can turn up to one of the information sessions. Dates, venues and times are listed here.

A draft transport strategy is also on public submission so you might like to take a look at that one too.

Find out more about the Integrated Transport Strategy

Carrington Road visit from UNSW Urban Renewal students

As part of a day-long field trip taking in a series of urban renewal projects and sites along the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor, Associate Professor Simon Pinnegar and thirty-five UNSW Faculty of Built Environment students visited Marrickville’s large Carrington Road industry precinct to hear from the Save Marrickville resident group. Save Marrickville were able to share the organisation’s interest and involvement in this important site and discuss the crucial value of the area for producing things that are needed in the Inner Sydney region.


Save Marrickvile student visit

Update on East Carrington Rd

As of 2nd June, 2019:
We would like to extend our thanks to the members of the Save Marrickville community who answered our call-out for feedback on the draft character statement which was published on the East Carrington Rd website. The feedback was collated into a document which you can read here. Members from Save Marrickville met with Mirvac and the landowners to deliver the feedback.

Our initial call to the community for feedback, May 2019:

As you know, the proposed development of East Carrington Road is still in motion to go ahead. Mirvac has employed consultants to define the character of Marrickville. Save Marrickville has concerns about aspects of the statement and we plan to provide some feedback regarding the draft. We would like to know what community members of Marrickville think about this statement! You can download the draft statement from the East Carrington website using the link below (scroll down to the heading 'Draft Local Character Statement').

Please email us any comments or concerns to by 5pm, Saturday 11th May. Save Marrickville will be meeting with Mirvac and the landowners to provide community feedback. 

Meet the Candidates event

Save Marrickville invites you to meet the candidates in the NSW election and hear their thoughts on planning and development in our local area. In attendance will be our sitting member, Jo Haylen (Labor), Tom Raue, the candidate for the Greens and Teresa Romanovsky, the candidate for the Animal Justice Party. We have also invited the candidate for the Liberal Party, Leo Wei, but he is yet to confirm whether he will attend.

DATE: Wednesday 13th March

TIME: 7pm to 8pm

VENUE: Marrickville Golf Club, Wharf Rd, Marrickville

We hope to see you on the night.

Surprise results? Marrickville festival survey

It's no surprise that most people (99 out of 100) who completed our survey are opposed to high rise development.

But which new developments are liked, makes interesting reading.

Read our full analysis of the survey results.

Industrial land across Sydney needs to be protected

Industrial land across Sydney needs to be protected to preserve the city's ability to supply itself with convenient goods, jobs and services, the Greater Sydney Commission says in a new report, A Metropolis that Works.

Even if land could more profitability be used for residential development, governments cannot continue to keep rezoning factories and warehouses for new apartments, says the key advisory agency.

Article by Jacob Saulwick The Sydney Morning Herald 25 October 2018

Carrington Road by Paul Jones SMH

Marrickville Festival 2018

We had heaps of visitors to our stall at Marrickville Festival on 21 October 2018! Thank you to the people who filled in the survey about what they want for Marrickville, and to those that dropped by to thank Save Marrickville for our work so far.

Visiting politicians were Linda Burney MP, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, Jenny Leong MP and Matt from Jo Haylen's office. Thanks to Inner West Council for hosting us and to the councillors who stopped for a chat.

Marrickville Festival stall 2018 Marrickville Festival stall 2018 Marrickville Festival stall 2018
Marrickville Festival stall 2018    

What's the plan, Stan?

Report from Mirvac's open day 

If you were unable to attend Mirvac's information session on Saturday 22 September at Carrington Road, listen to our spokesperson, Kelsie Dadd discuss the experience here.

Kelsie was interviewed on Radio Skid Row by Colin Hesse, Greens councillor Marrickville Ward.

Paul Mortimer presents community survey to Mirvac

At the open day, Save Marrickville member Paul Mortimer handed Dominic Hunt from Mirvac a copy of our community survey summary on the Carrington Road Development. Check it out yourself here.

Update with planning going to Inner West Council

Dear supporters,
It has been an interesting month and we thought it was time for an update...
What we do know: The Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor Strategy – that planned to impose on Marrickville large-scale rezonings for high and medium density apartments – has been shelved. Instead, planning controls have been handed back to the Inner West Council and Canterbury-Bankstown Council. All the campaigning, signing petitions and writing submissions was worth it!! Thank you for all your support, it would not have happened if Marrickville had not stood up to the NSW State government.
Well, what happens now? Planning and zoning for the Inner West, including Marrickville, will now be achieved through a new Local Environment Plan (LEP). The last LEP was created for the Marrickville LGA in 2015. A process to work towards the new LEP for the amalgamated Inner West Council area will now begin. On August 14th, Inner West Council voted to accept an offer from the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment to receive extra funding ($2.5 million) on the condition that the LEP is completed by 30 June 2020.
Marrickville Town Hall October 2017
The NSW State government still intends for the Inner West LGA to densify and meet housing targets. The current housing target for the whole Inner West Council in the Greater Sydney Commission’s Eastern City District Plan is 5900 dwellings for the five year period ending 2021. Read the Plan here.
In effect, this means an accelerated LEP process, with the pressure still on Inner West Council to densify to housing targets set by the NSW Government. Inner West Council is busy recruiting planners ahead of the new LEP, but we do not yet know what their exact process will look like, what principles will underpin it, or what assumptions council will bring to the table. Council has assured Save Marrickville that community-led participation is critical to the LEP process so we will all have some exciting work to do in the next phase.
So, what has happened to the Carrington Rd proposal?: Many people have seen the Facebook posts from our councillors declaring that the shelving of the Sydenham-Bankstown strategy also means the death of Mirvac’s Carrington Rd proposal. Sadly, we are not so confident. In our conversations with Mirvac/landowners they have told us they still plan to move forward with their rezoning proposal. We have been informed they plan to hold public meetings about their proposal. Any event information we receive will be posted on our Facebook page so that all community members can ask their own questions of the developers. In the meantime, please don't take down your posters.
Is the Metro still going ahead? Clarification is still being sought about how the shelving of the Sydenham-Bankstown corridor strategy affects the Metro. Once the Metro is approved and contracts signed (we don’t know when this will be) it will be impossible to stop its construction. The GSC still appears to have an overall strategy to promote development around transport hubs so it is likely that the construction of the Metro will place development/rezoning pressure around station precincts. This is a ‘watch this space’ issue, you can read more about the Metro on the Sydenham to Bankstown Alliance website here.
Is Save Marrickville doing anything about the Victoria Road Precinct? To date, we have not had the resources to fully get to grips with the machinations of the VRP (if anyone wants to volunteer for this job, please let us know). However, we are always willing to share information about the VRP on our Facebook page and website. During the week we were informed that council (not unanimously) approved the Development Control Plan for the VRP against the advice of council staff. You can read the report (item 14) in the agenda here and you can also read the statement from council explaining the decision here.
Some heritage news: We are waiting to find out what will happen with our proposed State heritage listing of Carrington Road. Based on a review of around 25 major factory buildings in Sydney from the 1930s, just a few remain. Carrington Road's historic factories are the only ones still used for manufacturing. You can catch up on our Carrington Rd heritage installments here.
From Save Marrickville Group
P.S. If you missed the launch of the Marrickville Character Study you can view it here and we might even have some copies to giveaway if you private message us on our Facebook page.
P.P.S. If you haven't done so already, have a listen to ‘Field Trip’, a podcast about a walking tour on Carrington Road by Front Yards Projects. 

The is an email that that was sent on 4 September 2018 to supporters that signed on via our website. Please share your email address if you want to know what we know. We only email with real news and not very often. 

After our email Mirvac announced they are holding at public drop-in information session on Saturday 22 September 2018 from 10am to 2pm. This is to be held at 16 Carrington Rd, Marrickville. It should be noted that Mirvac does not have a new proposal, so no new plans will be displayed at this info session.