I'll be speaking at a public meeting on the Bays Precinct development, Wentworth Park, the Fish Markets and social housing.
The meeting will be held at Glebe Youth Service, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, on Wednesday May 3rd from 6-8pm. Entry is by donation to Hands Off Glebe.
The Bays Precinct is of extraordinary strategic significance, not just to its local community, but to all the people of Sydney and NSW.
There is much community anger over recent development of major public lands - most notably Barangaroo and Darling Harbour. The community has been ignored, decisions have been shrouded in secrecy, excellence in planning and design has been bypassed and public good has been blatantly overridden by private interest.
The government is set to massively increase development density in the Blackwattle Bay area, but we have not seen any proposals that meet the already existing unmet demand for public open spaces, child care facilities and spaces for children to play.
We need to make sure the designs the government is soliciting for the new fish markets site do not threaten the precious playing fields and open public space in Wentworth Park.
We need more, not less, sporting and recreation facilities on our harbour for our growing community.
And we certainly need to make sure that the few we have – like Wentworth Park – aren’t imposed on by developers planning a glorified shopping centre.
We have already seen with White Bay Power Station that the proposals put forward by developers were so rapacious that even UrbanGrowth NSW could not accept them.
Without strong community pressure, there's a risk that UrbanGrowth and the government will turn the Bays Precinct into a developers' paradise sidelining the community, strategic planning and public interest.
The Bays Precinct will must deliver world-class urban renewal for Sydney, not a huge private windfall at the expense of the public.