The Crown Land Act clearly states
It is important to note that section 6 of the Crowns Land Act provides that Crownland is not, among other things, to be “used, sold, leased, licensed, dedicated or reserved or otherwise dealt with unless the [activity] is authorised by this Act”.
Why is it then that the NSW Government and the Federal Government pursuing developments that are against the law. Why is it up to the local Community to fight for what is lawful and the rights of the Community to use land that has been put aside for the future use of them.
To run the risk of breaking the law, there must be a huge reward, so do we know what is behind the risk taking, what is in it for the developers and what is in it for their supporters, we are told follow the money trail. We need to find out who is behind the sale of Crown Land at Northmead. Why would someone want to buy an old Sandstone Quarry, try and drain it, fill it in and build five stories. The project itself is questionable. The reports used to decide it are not up to date and accurate.
The Quarry has an historic past, most of the sandstone quarried from the place was of high quality, it was said to be as high quality as the Pyrmont Quarry, and used to build North Parramatta, when the quarrymen hit the water table in the 1960’s it filled up with water. Unique wildlife live there, but a study of the wetland was not undertaken. The question is that all the surrounding area has been listed. Why was this portion left off the LEP.
Why when questioned about it do people pass you off and say they do not know. The local Community do not want it. The local Council representatives were out voted at the JRPP, the question is why. The Parramatta Council is not in favour of the development and would prefer to remediate the water area to showcase the unique community area.
Why is the NSW Government prepared to go against the act and forge ahead to sell it. The local State member is not for it, nor is the Environment Minister, so who stands to make money out of it. Crown Land has been a hot topic in the past twelve months, so who has what to gain is the question. CLOL will be happy for anyone who has information to come forward. The Development goes on public display 3rd November 2014 and closes 1st December 2014. Just prior to Christmas, do you think that the Department is hoping that no one is watching?
The White Paper Crown Land has been shelved, probably until after the March election. The question still is who is involved in this development, who stands to gain from the sale of public land, and who are the supporters within the NSW Government that has given this project the green light,which is against the ACT. The development number is 2014SYW111 RPA
Address you submissions to Minister Pru Goward. Minister for Planning, NSW Government Macquarie Street, Sydney 2000.
The area is on the fringe of a STIF (Sydney Turpentine Ironbark Forest) which is a critically endangered and only 5% remaining on Mainland Australia. The Quarry surrounds has also 32 protected species, although no study was done in the wetland instead.
The development wants to buy Crown Land (Community Owned Land) drain the quarry, fill it in and build up to Five storey units. The people of the area has not been made aware of this. This area has a rich Aboriginal history and many outcrops, shelter caves, and sites that have the potential to be damaged or destroyed in the process. The Greater Western Sydney Heritage Action Group is asking the NSW Government to sign care and control over to Parramatta City Council so that the area can be cleaned of weeds and ensure that the wetland be turned into a recreational and educational area for environmental and heritage student to foster their knowledge and skill. See more at