May 27, 2010 INNER WEST INDEPENDENT
Leichhardt Council is investigating avenues of opposition to the state government’s plans for Barangaroo, having passed a motion at its April meeting to approach City of Sydney and North Sydney Councils to investigate the possibility of working together to oppose “overdevelopment” and the move of the Cruise Passenger Terminal to White Bay.
Although not all councillors believed the matter should be considered urgent, Labor councilors Darcy Byrne and Lyndal Howison were the only two to vote against the resolution. “It’s not right that Council is planning to spend tens of thousands of dollars of ratepayers’ money on a legal challenge to a development at Barangaroo that has nothing to do with us, when there is no money for youth programs, affordable housing and sporting fields,” Cr Byrne said.
But according to Mayor Jamie Parker, Council is not seeking to take legal action, but rather plans to work through the NSW Environmental Defender’s Office (EDO), a not-for-profit community legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law.