New Push For Skaters

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Published March 30, 2016 - Deborah FitzGerald

Balmain State Greens MP Jamie Parker said as a strong supporter of a skate park he would "try to untangle the mess and help deliver the project."

There is a push to have the decision to reject a plan for a skate park in Callan Park overturned.

Leichhardt Council has called for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Heritage, Mark Speakman, to discuss the reasons for refusal and how to progress the project.

The Heritage Council said a skate park would 'materially affect the heritage significance of Callan Park conservation area and buildings and harm its picturesque landscape and character.'

Balmain State Greens MP Jamie Parker said as a strong supporter of a skate park he would "try to untangle the mess and help deliver the project."

Mr Parker said that when refusing the proposal the Heritage Council encouraged Leichhardt Council to consult with it early in the process for any future proposals to avoid a refusal late in the process.

Mr Parker said the council needed to focus on proper process and consultation.

"Negotiating and engaging with the necessary State Government agencies is critical to success."

The Greens voted to continue to support the skate park despite the Greens long association with Friends of Callan Park which lobbied against it.

The group believes the design is too large and 'over-engineered' with arts and entertainment spaces.

The council is also considering an appeal to the Land and Environment Court over the refusal.

 


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