Community petition: Stop the privatisation of Callan Park
The government has just announced that they want to dismantle the Callan Park Act - the law that has protected Callan Park from sell-off, privatisation and commercialisation for over two decades.
The changes are part of a wide-ranging proposal to commercialise parklands across Sydney including Centennial Parklands, Parramatta Park, Fernhill Estate and Western Sydney Parklands.
They would mean that parts of Callan Park can be occupied by private businesses for up to 50 years without any local oversight from the community.
This will open up Pandoras Box on Callan Park and make it into a glorified business park.
Before the Callan Park Act, successive Labor and Liberal governments tried to flog this site off for apartments, aged care facilities and any manner of development.
The existing rules are broad enough allow everything from cafeterias and community centres to the fantastic St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. We don’t need to dismantle the Act to revive Callan Park.
Sign our community petition to tell the government you don’t want Callan Park privatised.
To the Minister for Planning:
The government should be putting money into our public parks, not scheming to extract profits from them.
Dismantling the laws that protect Callan Park will mean a return to the bad old days of private corporations vying to carve off a slice of our park for themselves.
Don’t privatise Callan Park.
Read the full media release here.
This petition will be presented by the Member for Balmain and the Friends of Callan Park to the Minister for Planning.