Marrickville Metro expansion
AMP Capital, the owners of the Marrickville Metro, have lodged plans to expand the shopping centre by 35,000 square metres – more than doubling its size.
The want to expand across Smidmore Street and even buy the street of Council.
The Greens are concerned that an expanded Marrickville Metro will have a detrimental effect on local residents through clogging local roads with many more cars and delivery trucks and by making parking even harder to find.
The Greens are also concerned about the effect an expanded Marrickville Metro will have on our local urban centres. When the Metro opened in 1987 it devastated the local community shopping strips. A further expansion will be another blow to local businesses and result in many empty shops along our main streets.
Marrickville Metro is not ideally located for a major shopping centre. It is close to residential neighbourhoods. It is not on a major arterial road or near a train station. Already local roads can become very busy with cars going to the Metro, imagine twice as many vehicles trying to drive to the Metro.
Our community shopping strips, such as Marrickville and Illawarra Roads, Dulwich Hill and Petersham shopping strips, and King Street and Enmore road are the hub of our communities. It is where local people meet their neighbours in a public space and helps keep our social and economic communities healthy.
Large shopping malls are a privatised space full of generic shops and franchises. They encourage car-based shopping rather than walking or cycling to the local shops.
The Inner West does not need an expanded Marrickville Metro. We already have plenty of large shopping malls in surrounding suburbs.
All over Australia, local shopping strips are struggling because of large American style shopping centres. It is time to say enough is enough.
Bypassing the local council and community
What you can do:
Write to the local member Carmel Tebbutt and ask her to protect the local community from this massive overdevelopment
Email: email@example.com Phone: 9558 9000
Carmel Tebbutt is Deputy Premier of the NSW Labor Government, she should stand up for local residents against the expansion of the Marrickville Metro, despite AMP donating over $256,000 to the NSW & Federal Labor Party in the past ten years. (source: Democracy4sale.org)
Write a letter to the local paper: firstname.lastname@example.org
State the reasons you think doubling the size of the Metro is not a good idea.