Greens MP Jamie Parker described the government’s announcement today of the multi-million dollar new fish markets site as an ‘enormous lost opportunity’ for Sydney, citing the need for more public open spaces and community facilities, not private developments and shopping centres.
“This is an enormous lost opportunity for Sydney. This precious harbourside land would be far better used for public open space and much-needed community facilities like sports fields, rather than being sold off to developers to build commercial market space that primarily benefits private businesses,” he said.
“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 also 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 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.
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.”
More information: Jamie Parker 9660 7586