Council moves to put new park on Hospital Site, Marrickville
Media Release 16 December 2010
At Tuesday’s Marrickville Council meeting Greens Mayor, Fiona Byrne, moved to include a new park as part of Council’s plan to build a new library. The proposal was supported by Independent Dimitri Thanos but was opposed by the Labor Councillors and Independents Morris Hanna and Victor Macri.
“Council needs to redevelop the Marrickville Hospital site. We want to build a new Library and the Greens think that a park and public outdoor space should definitely be part of the mix,” Marrickville’s Green Mayor, Fiona Byrne, said.
“Marrickville has one of the lowest areas of parkland in Australia at just 1.6ha per thousand people, whereas the accepted standard is 2.83ha per thousand and I think the community would appreciate and benefit from public open space so close to the centre of Marrickville.
“It would be absolutely wonderful for visitors to the library to also be able to enjoy a new park adjoining its forecourt, especially for parents with young children.
“The Greens know this is a very important site and we are determined to get the mix right. As well as a library and a park we’re investigating using other parts of the site for residential, community and commercial spaces.”
“The zoning provisions in the new Marrickville Local Environment Plan allow for an eight and nine storey building on the corner of Marrickville and Livingstone Roads. The Greens think this would be an overdevelopment of the site and that a park and community space on this corner, leading to the library, is a much better outcome for the community.
“I’m hopeful that despite their initial opposition the Labor and Independent Councillors will come to recognise that a park would compliment the library and be a real asset for the community.”
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