Marrickville Greens – media release

15 March 2015

The Greens Councillors believe Council should reject an offer made by a developer experienced in building developments in China, to purchase the entire old Marrickville Hospital site outright, saying Council should stick with the tender process to build a new library and community hub and resist the temptation to make a fast buck.

At next Tuesday’s Council meeting, Councillors will resolve whether or not to agree to the sale of the entire site to a developer, after initial meetings occurred between the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and some Labor and Independent Councillors in November 2014.  

“While it may be tempting for Councillors to make a quick buck by flogging the old Marrickville Hospital site off to a developer, it will ruin the new library project and would be against the broader interest of the community,” said Greens Councillor Max Phillips. 

“Council has spent many years, conducted a lot of consultation and spent $3.4 million towards delivering our community hub project and we should carry all this investment through to fruition.

“Land values have risen dramatically in Marrickville in recent years, making selling the site superficially attractive, but it would just mean Council would have to find another suitable parcel of land in the area in the same inflated market.

If Council flogs off this land the cash being offered it is highly unlikely it will be enough money to build a similar project anywhere else in the local area. 

“This large purchase offer should boost the confidence of Council and the community that the new library, community hub and new park can be delivered through the value in the back-half of the site.

“The Greens will be voting to reject this offer and to continue the tender process for a new library, community hub and park in the long-term interest of the broader community.

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