MEDIA RELEASE - November 25, 2015 Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, acknowledged the concerns raised by over 100 local residents who attended Tuesday’s public meeting called at short notice by community members concerned about the development proposal for Bidura in Glebe.
“This site includes the historically significant Bidura villa at 357 Glebe Point Road which was designed in Victorian Regency style by renowned architect Edmund Blacket,” said Mr Parker.
“Bidura was the home of the Blacket family from 1858-1860 while Blacket was designing the nearby Great Hall at the University of Sydney. The Glebe community is fiercely proud of this heritage property, the last remaining 1850s villa on the eastern side of Glebe Point Road.
Published November 25, 2015 - Andrew Taylor, SMH Deputy Arts Editor
The future of Callan Park, in the city's inner west, has been thrown into doubt, with the University of Sydney confirming its intention to vacate a group of historic sandstone buildings inside the park.
The university aims to move its Sydney College of the Arts out of the historic Kirkbride complex inside the park "gradually over the next three years", according to a university spokeswoman. __
The Greens member for Balmain, Jamie Parker, said the withdrawal of the Sydney College of the Arts, with its kilns and art-making facilities, would adversely affect the provision of visual arts courses.
"This move is more about saving money than it is about creating an arts centre of excellence," he said.
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) currently occupies the historic Kirkbride complex at Callan Park which was the largest project undertaken by the colonial architect in the 19th century. Kirkbride is listed on the National Estate and became home to the SCA in 1996 after an investment of around $19 million dollars to renovate the site and create purpose-built facilities.
The University of Sydney has indicated it intends to move SCA from the site in 2017.
“Callan Park is colloquially known as the ‘jewel of the inner west’ and that is because people cherish its historical, social and environmental values. SCA has been a significant tenant in Callan Park for almost 20 years,” said Jamie Parker MP, Greens Member for Balmain.
"This move is more about saving money than it is about creating an arts centre of excellence.
MEDIA RELEASE - NOVEMBER 19, 2015 Greens NSW anti-corruption spokesperson and Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, has today given notice in Parliament of a new bill to reduce corruption risk by banning political donations from mining companies.
“Having arrived at the end of the Parliamentary year and still no action from the Premier, I have taken the initiative to address the concerns raised by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC),” said Mr Parker.
November 17, 2015 Premier Mike Baird is threatening NSW councils to amalgamate or else. The Liberals want to silence "difficult" council that stand up for their residents against cost-shifting and over-development. But many councils are refusing to be bullied.
I encourage everyone who values local democracy and local representation to come and show support for your community:
Rally to Parliament House 12PM WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER Meet at Martin Place near Macquarie Street
Mr JAMIE PARKER (Balmain) [12.14 p.m. November 12, 2015]: The people in my electorate care deeply about human rights. They care also about a democracy free from corruption. That is one of the reasons I am hosting the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Leichhardt at the Italian Forum on 11 December this year. I was in Myanmar—Burma—in June this year where I attended the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival in Rangoon. I was moved by the powerful films that were on display. I returned yesterday from Burma having been an observer to the democratic elections that have taken place in that country. Hopefully, this first free and fair election marks a momentous change in the country and a momentous shift in human rights for millions of displaced people, for ethnic minorities and for the environment.
MEDIA RELEASE - November 12, 2015 Greens Member for Balmain, Jamie Parker MP, today welcomed news that the NSW Department of Health has issued landowner’s consent for the construction of a long-anticipated regional skate park in Lilyfield.
OVERDEVELOPING the Bays Precinct without adequate sporting fields and green space will be a disaster for the inner west, peak sports bodies say.
Balmain State Greens MP Jamie Parker said UrbanGrowth was ploughing ahead with big-ticket commercial ventures in the Bays Precinct, but continued to ignore the community demand for new active recreation spaces.
“The inner west is experiencing an unprecedented baby boom, with the number of children under 14 increasing more than 20 per cent in the past five years,” Mr Parker said. “Yet UrbanGrowth’s vision for transforming more than 80ha of publicly-owned land in the Bays Precinct fails to prioritise active open space and sporting infrastructure, which are crucial for healthy, happy and connected communities.”