Media Release: Greens announce $22m for Callan Park

Member for Balmain Jamie Parker will protect Callan Park from development and commercialisation by retaining the Callan Park Act and invest $22m in vital restoration work.

 

The Greens will invest the funds needed to transform the site into a world-class public greenspace. Our commitments include:

  • $6m annual ongoing funding to establish and operate a Callan Park and Broughton Hall Trust within the first term of the next government;  
  • Ensuring that the composition of the Trust corresponds to that described in the Callan Park Master Plan;
  • A $22m one-off seeding grant to the Callan Park Trust to fund vital restoration work including heritage repairs, creation of sight lines and more open space on the foreshore and facilities upgrades to increase visitor amenity;
  • Adopting the framework of the Callan Park Master Plan which includes provision for social enterprise restaurants and cafes as well as a commitment to mental wellness services;
  • Commitment to reinstate mental health services at Callan Park and support the Museum of the Mind; and
  • Absolute commitment to upholding the Callan Park Act which rules out development, commercialisation and sale of the site.

Comment from Jamie Parker MP:

“Our community has fought for decades to defend this site from successive Labor and Liberal governments who have tried to sell it off and develop it.

“It was only 18 months ago we won a commitment from the government not to develop the site and now it is promising to see Labor finally follow suit with support for a Callan Park Trust. But so much more is still needed.

“Our community needs a proper, long-term funding plan for this site not just a promise to maintain it through to the next election.

“It is paramount that we keep the Callan Park Act intact to protect it from development and commercialisation at the hands of all future governments.

“I’ve been proud to support a range of successful activities on this site from new sporting fields on Balmain Road and Waterfront Oval to Laneway Festival.

“I am committed to working with the community to ensure that this site is preserved and improved for the enjoyment of future generations,” he said.

Comment from Hall Greenland, President of Friends of Callan Park:

“Jamie has stood with us every step of the way in the fight to save this iconic site and now he has announced the next steps to protect this precious space.

“Our community wants an enhanced public space, the preservation of heritage and mental health services and this is a plan that will make it happen,” he said.


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