Public meeting speaks out against O'Farrell's privatisation agenda

Greens MP Jamie Parker is encouraging residents to have their concerns heard on the Cowper St development ahead of next week's Central Sydney Planning Committee (CSPC) meeting to decide the fate of the project.

"The campaign on this development is an important challenge to the flawed funding model we've seen adopted by both Labor and Liberal - the sale of public assets to generate fast cash to fill state coffers," Mr Parker said.

"It's outrageous that Mr O'Farrell sees fit to sell public assets to raise funds, at the same time as handing out over $500 million in tax breaks to big business and the gambling industry.

"There are also significant concerns about the impacts of the development itself - 8 storey buildings of inappropriate size and density, as well as insufficient open space.

"I have been a strong supporter of sustainable development in the inner west and at Leichhardt Council where I recently served as Mayor and councillor for over 12 years. I am proud that the Council is almost 25% ahead of the target set by the NSW government for new dwellings by 2034.

"The record at Leichhardt and other Councils demonstrates that additional dwellings can be delivered without generating huge negative impacts.

"I'm urging residents to attend the CSPC meeting which will decide whether or not to approve this development - next Thursday 16 February at 6pm at the City of Sydney Council Chambers, Sydney Town Hall.

"It's now more important than ever to show strong community opposition to the unacceptable sale of public assets, as well as inappropriate urban development," Mr Parker said.

Residents can download and sign the petition to be presented to Mr O'Farrell here:
Cowper St development - petition

Residents can also express their concerns by emailing the members of the CSPC who will next week make a decision on the develompent:

Central Sydney Planning Committee City of Sydney Representatives:
The Lord Mayor Councillor Clover Moore MP (Chair): [email protected]
Councillor John McInerney: [email protected]
Councillor Di Tornai: [email protected]

CSPC State Appointed Members:
The Hon. Robert Webster
The Hon. Craig Knowles
Mr Richard Pearson
Mr Peter Mould
C/O Christine Kesler, Committee Secretary: [email protected]

Mr Brad Hazzard, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure: [email protected]
Ms Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport: [email protected]
The Hon. Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads and Ports: [email protected]

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