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Greens Slam Fast Track of Marrickville High Rise Tower

Media Release 19 September 2013


The Greens have today condemned the ALP controlled Marrickville Council for its decision
to give the “Green light” to a developers outrageous proposal to building a 16 storey high rise
apartment tower in Marrickville.

Proposed 16 Storey Tower next to Marrickville Station, currently zoned for 8 storeys maximum.

Proposed 16 Storey Tower next to Marrickville Station, currently zoned for 8 storeys maximum. Image as published in 17 September 2013 Marrickville Council papers.

The planning proposal put to Marrickville Council on Tuesday night proposes the construction of a 16 storey building with 120 residential apartments and ground floor retail outlets at 2-18 Station street and 1 Leofrene Ave Marrickville.

In exchange for councils support of the proposal and council selling the developer the road in Station street, the developer has proposed a voluntary planning agreement which does little more than provide for a public forecourt outside the building, a few park benches some trees and some road works.

“This proposal is totally unreasonable, is totally outside what the current planning regulations allow and is not supported by local residents.” said Greens Councilor David Leary.

“Marrickville’s Local Environment Plan only allows buildings to a maximum of 26 metres in this area and this development involves a building of 59 metres, or more than double the height allowed. It also dramatically exceeds many other planning controls” highlighted Clr Leary

“There is no real public benefit from this development. Instead local residents will be stuck with a 16 storey high rise apartment right next door to their homes, massive overshadowing, extra traffic and major disruption during construction” noted Clr Leary.

“I am totally gobsmacked that the Mayor, Labor Councillors and the Liberal Party would all combine to vote to give the ‘green light’ to this proposal without even stopping to think about its impact on the community. It seems to me these councilors think their role is to look after the interests of property developers rather than local residents” said Councilor Leary.

“The Greens voted against this proposal and will work with the community to fight this hideous over-development” explained Councilor Leary

The vote on Tuesday night now means the proposal will be rushed to the Department of Planning with the endorsement of council to proceed through the “Gateway Process” which fast tracks approval.

Media contact: Clr David Leary 0409 421 323 dleary@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

Local boost for ‘Yes’ referendum vote

Marrickville Council supports Greens’ campaign for ‘Yes’ local government vote

Marrickville Council has voted to launch a communications and marketing campaigning in support of Constitutional recognition of Local Government, with the aim of encouraging residents to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming referendum on 13 September.

The referendum comes as a result of the long running Greens campaign for recognition of the vital role of Local Government.

Marrickville Greens Councillor Sylvie Ellsmore said, “The Greens are extremely pleased that Councillors on all sides of politics have come out so strongly in support of the Greens campaign.

“A referendum on Constitutional recognition of Local Government was a key commitment secured by the Australian Greens in its 2010 agreement to support the minority Labor Federal Government, she said.

“Local Councils are the level of Government which is closest to the community. We play a vital role in providing services to our local areas even though we receive less than 4% of Government’s tax revenue.

Clr Ellsmore said, “If the referendum passes on 14 September 2013 the Federal Government would be able to directly fund local Councils, to help us continue to provide key services and community programs.

Marrickville Council’s information campaign in support of the ‘Yes’ vote will support the Australian Local Government Association national campaign to pass the referendum.

Marrickville Greens Councillor Melissa Brooks was in Canberra today at the Association’s Conference and joined with fellow Greens Councillors from across the country, as well as Greens Senators Christine Milne and Lee Rhiannon, to show their support for the Yes campaign.

“After a long and sustained campaign by the Greens to bring forward this referendum, I look forward to working with all sides of politics to ensure that we get a ‘yes’ vote on September 14,” said Clr Brooks.

Media contact:            Greens Clr Sylvie Ellsmore 0403 977 213

Marrickville residents denied vote on amalgamation

Marrickville Greens Councillors have condemned Marrickville Council’s decision to deny residents a vote on amalgamation as an attack on democracy.

At this week’s council meeting Mayor Macri and the Labor-Liberal alliance which controls Marrickville Council voted down a Greens proposal to put any future amalgamation proposal to a referendum.

“I was gob-smacked that our Mayor, the Labor Party and the Liberals all thought residents should not have the right to vote on the future of Local Government in Marrickville” said Greens Councillor David Leary who brought the motion for a referendum to council.

“The Mayor and the Labor-Liberal alliance seem to think that back room deals done by bureaucrats and politicians are far better than an open and transparent democratic vote by the people. It’s just not democratic and its stinks” stated Councillor Leary.

The decision to not hold a referendum took place on the same night it was revealed that a key part of Council’s consultation strategy on amalgamations had failed to materialise. It was revealed last night that a contractor has failed to deliver thousands of printed brochures on the amalgamation proposals to residents.

“Even if these brochures are delivered late this week this doesn’t give residents enough time to consider the implications of amalgamation and to make submissions to council before the deadline for consultation closes. How can residents comment on the amalgamation proposal when they don’t even know it’s happening?” stated Clr Leary

The Local Government Review Panel established by the State government has recently recommended amalgamation of many local councils across NSW including Marrickville Council. Three possible models for amalgamation of Marrickville Council are currently under consideration: (1) Amalgamation with a so called “Sydney Group” of Council’s including Sydney City Council, Leichhardt, Waverley, Randwick, Botany Bay, and Woollahra councils; (2) Amalgamation with Leichardt, Ashfield, Burwood, Strathfield, and Canada Bay Councils to form a so called “Inner West Group” of Councils; and (3) Amalgamation with Canterbury Council.

Media contact: Clr David Leary 0409 421 323