Planning announcement on Sydenham to Bankstown corridor affects Marrickville

NSW Department of Planning has announced a new planning approach for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor. The information from Planning says that they will work with Councils to develop a high level strategy, which will inform Council’s future changes to planning controls. See Planning’s information here.

Save Marrickville is not yet clear what this means for our area and will request a meeting with the Minister for Planning’s office to get more detail. Last year the government agreed to return planning along the corridor to Councils. We need to know how this new approach affects Council’s control of planning and its current work with the community to produce a new Local Environment Plan (LEP), and implications for the level of future development in Marrickville.

We have also received a media release on this announcement from our local MP Jo Haylen and the Mayor of Inner West Council. Read it here.

The Local Strategy Planning Statement for the Inner West

Save Marrickville has prepared our draft response to Council's Local Strategic Planning Statement. You can read it here.

The Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS) is an important document as it will guide land use in the Inner West over the next 20 years, including the alignment of population growth and infrastructure.

If you have any feedback on our draft that you would like us to include in the statement please email by this Friday (1st November). We will endeavour to incorporate all feedback before we submit our response to Council.

News – October 2019

We will be at Marrickville Festival this Sunday 20th October. Come and visit our stall on Marrickville Road (towards the Marrickville Town Hall end) and say hello.

Some other important October news

The Inner West Council has recently released a suite of critical planning documents. They are currently on public exhibition.

One of those documents is the Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS). All Council areas are required to prepare a LSPS by the State government. It will be a pivotal tool for local strategic planning in the inner west and it identifies where further strategic planning effort is needed which includes Marrickville. In practice, the statements will shape how the local environmental plan (LEP) and development control plans (DCP) evolve over time.

This is our chance to help shape the future of the inner west. The statement sets out the vision for our area under 6 themes including transport, sustainability, economy, culture and character. We urge everyone to take the time to look at the statement and submit their feedback to Council (or give feedback face-to-face at Council's stall at the festival this weekend).

The second document to note is the Employment And Retail Lands strategy! This strategy prioritises the long-term supply of industrial land, more commercial space and identifies distinct areas of business and employment lands. It provides clear controls for productive commercial and industrial land uses to facilitate job growth and thriving economies. Again we urge you to spend a little time reviewing this document and sending your thoughts to Council. You can make a written submission to Council OR you can fill in the guided online survey.

Both of these draft documents are open for submission until Sunday 27th October. This opportunity will not come around for many, many, many years to come!!

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.

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