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How to get better pedestrian access across the Cooks River? Build a bridge!

Sign the petition here

A new campaign has started in South Marrickville to get better, safer pedestrian access across the Cooks River. The Cooks has rapidly improved and the community is responding to the river’s new, greener status by using its banks for recreation and alternative transport.

There are still some black spots and one of these is Unwins Bridge, Tempe. As can be seen in the photos below, the north-western side of the bridge doesn’t have pedestrian access. Those people who use the riverside pathways on the banks at this point are forced on to busy Bayview St. This is dangerous and unnecessary.

The Greens on Marrickville Council want to improve the safety and amenity of the river and are calling on the state government to help make Unwins Bridge more pedestrian friendly. Fixing this is a real “no brainer”. Many people in the South Marrickville/Tempe area agree this simple measure would vastly improve safety and accessibility. Add  your name to the online petition http://www.gopetition.com/petition/40571.html, or, email Clr Peter Olive on polive@marrickville.nsw.gov.au


This map shows two possible locations for a new foot bridge across the Cooks River: Unwins Bridge, Tempe (see above photos) and at Warren Park, South Marrickville. Either or both of these options would be deliver a great result for the surrounding community and sit very well with Council’s policies on pedestrian access, bike infrastructure, public transport usage and amenity.

Marrickville Metro plans massive expansion

AMP Capital, the owners of the Marrickville Metro are about to lodge plans to massively expand the shopping centre, more than doubling its size from 28,000 square metres at present to 60,000 square metres.  Obviously this will have major consequences for Enmore and Marrickville, including massive increases in traffic congestion.  Local shopping strips (decimated when the Metro firest opened) will be badly hurt by the expansion.

The proposal will go through the controversial pro-developer Part 3A development process, bypassing Marrickville Council.

Councillor Peter Olive has put out the following media release

Media release  2 February 2010

Destruction of local shopping strips in Ministers hands

Marrickville Council has been advised that The Department of Planning has received a Part 3A application from AMP to expand Marrickville Metro by over 32,000m2, more than doubling the size of the retail capacity of the site.

“If AMP gets its way and the Metro Supermarket is expanded under the Part 3A it will seriously damage, if not kill off, the shopping strips of Marrickville, Newtown Petersham and Dulwich Hill,” said Greens Councillor, Peter Olive.

“It will be hard to conclude that the Minister isn’t playing favourites with the big end of town if AMP is able to create this jumbo sized centre.”

“AMP’s ambitions seriously contradict the requirements of the state Government’s own Metro Strategy.  It says that in order to justify increased retail in a centre there needs to be at least 2,000- 5,500 residences within radius of 600m2.  If the minister ends up approving this application it will be a case of the tailoring the planning laws for a big player.

“The Metro shopping centre is surrounded by industrial land and the State Government has been extremely reluctant to allow Marrickville Council to rezone any industrial land. It would be very special treatment by the minister if AMP’s industrial land was able to be rezoned when other land, closer to train stations and more suitable for rezoning, has been steadfastly opposed by the Department of Planning.

“There has been a recent spate of applications for new supermarkets, notably at Lewisham Towers and the Marrickville RSL site.  In both cases the community said they didn’t want them.”

“There is enough retail floor space in the Marrickville LGA to cater for the needs of our community.  Our shopping strips have fought back to vitality after taking initial big hits when the Marrickville Metro opened for business in the 1990’s.  The last thing we need is a massive supermarket expansion that will kick them in the guts all over again,” he said.

Contact: Clr Peter Olive 0401719148

Rally against the M5 Extension

Community Group Tempe 2020 have organised a Rally Against the Road to be held on Saturday Feb 6th from 11am in the Tempe Lands, South Street (between Hart and Fanning St). This rally is a great chance for the local neighbourhood to get together and show the RTA what we think of their new “Road to Nowhere” – an extension of “the worlds dirtiest tunnel” which includes an arterial road through Tempe Reserve and Wetlands to Campbell Road.

The approximate route of the roads are shown here, and is also available on the government-sponsored BuildingSydneyMotorways.

The Rally will be a fun and visible way of sending a message to the RTA and the State Government. There will be entertaining guest speakers, a sausage sizzle and a live band. If you don’t already have a “No Way RTA” T-shirt, they will be available for sale at the rally on the day.

You can also add your voice by making a submission through the RTA’s consultation process – using this feedback form.

Find the Tempe 2020 on Facebook.

Enmore Pool DA passes council

Media release

8 July 2009

On Tuesday night Marrickville Council passed the Development Application for Enmore Pool.

“I think it’s great that this project is going ahead with a 50m pool in the mix,” said Greens South Ward Councillor, Peter Olive.

“I campaigned long and hard to get the 50m pool into this complex and it’s great to have a design that uses no more of the park than the original 25m option.”enmoreartistsimpression

“The Greens have responded to the community consultation and supported amendments to ensure that fig trees and paper barks won’t be affected, that the BBQs will stay where they are, that the park won’t be used for parking.”

“Clearly the community wanted a 50m pool and it’s good to be taking this significant step in getting it built.”

“The pool building has been designed to include current best practice environmental features with south facing sky lights, solar energy and water reuse technology and will be well serviced by public transport,” he said.

Contact: Peter Olive 0401 719 148

Greens say “budget taking Marrickville Council in the wrong direction”

Media Release             18 June

Marrickville Council passed its 2009/10 Budget with big chunks of loan and property reserve money being dedicated to a car park in Petersham and covering Arlington Reserve with synthetic turf. petersham-car-park

“The Conservative Independents councillors are holding hands with the Labor Party and together they are steering council to car parks and plastic grass and away from bike infrastructure and other sustainable projects.” said Greens Councillor Peter Olive.

“We opposed their big ticket items: spending over $1 million for a car park in Petersham and the even more to put synthetic grass on Arlington Reserve.”

“These are very expensive items that could have been spent on the bike budget, solar panels or starting the process for the upgrading the area around Marrickville Station.”

“The money for a car park is of most concern. Over $1million for a car park extension is an irresponsible use of council’s money, especially as this money has to be taken from other projects like the Child Care Centre at West Marrickville.”

synthetic-turf“Council’s contribution to the bike budget is well down. The Greens want Marrickville to take the City of Sydney’s lead and put more money into bike infrastructure.”

“The Greens wanted about $400,000 in funding for Arlington Reserve but an extra $1 million for synthetic turf is unrealistic.”

“It is disappointing that some of the good work of the last few years, undertaken to make Marrickville more sustainable is in danger of being undone,” he said.

Contact: Clr Peter Olive 0401 719 148