Second Best For Parramatta

7315130-3x2-940x627LNP Government under new leadership!  No Opposition for Gladys Berejiklian No Change in Policies.

THE MINI HOUSE.

The LNP NSW Government wants to put the Power House Museum in Parramatta, it will not be a big Power House, and it will be called “the mini house”, why because it will be 25% of the size of the Sydney Power House, a small cottage museum. Parramatta could have and deserve a “Museum of Australian Identity” this is a vision that although at the moment is just a seed of an idea, but a government with vision could get behind the people of NSW and investigate the idea, of course this would save millions of dollars by not moving the specially built and designed Power House in Sydney. Here are the current plans http://architectureau.com/articles/site-chosen-for-new-powerhouse-museum-in-parramatta/

captureParramatta Memorial Pool which was dedicated to the soldiers of World Wars will cost millions of dollars to destroy and then rebuild, the LIBERAL NATIONAL PARTY government of NSW have no plans, no money, expect the Parramatta ratepayers to pay up again, then the Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick and the NSW Government want to build an artificial lake instead of a pool for training kids how to swim, how is that for planning.  The ratepayers of Parramatta will not have a pool for at least two seasons and maybe three, and with the current heat waves and the level of drowning, that could be fatal. All they need to save all that is move the Stadium upgrade a few metres like a plan a couple of years ago, how about that for common sense. This is what Parramatta will have in the heart of Parramatta.

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The LNP NSW Government wants to destroy the North Parramatta Convict precinct by cutting it up, putting light rail through and smothering it with high rise. Instead they could create a precinct that would bring in millions of tourist dollars both for Parramatta and NSW. How about that idea for the economy. Have a look at what is provided to tell tourists about the area. Zilch, nothing, local and State tour guides do not know what is available, most Australian people do know about the Parramatta Female Factory.

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The LNP NSW Government are chopping up the World Listed Parramatta Park, the current Park Committee, has no historian, no heritage representative, no idea of preserving the park for future use and green space, they want to put a stadium on part of the Park which is Crown Land, it will be a concrete car park with commercial businesses. Lucy Turnbull says that the Park is one of her favourite places, well Gladys show Lucy what you are made of and help the NSW communities save our precious gems in NSW instead of selling them to fund development. They have also mooted to have a Lagoon on the old Golf course.

gladys_portrait-webGladys Berejiklian is the current Treasurer of New South Wales and Minister for Industrial Relations in the second Baird government. She is also the Deputy Leader of the New South Wales Liberal Party. She will be sworn in on Monday 23rd January 2017

Born: 22 September 1970 (age 46),

Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2003

If the current government is smart and the members of it listen to the people of NSW, they would be office for a very long time, but the the current policies of council amalgamation, sale of public assets, privatisation of Crown Land, destruction of suburbs by uncontrolled high rise developments which will turn into the slums of the future, just to name a few will see them swept to oblivion by a Trump like result.

Gladys, you need to take the road of common sense, you need to consult with your community and listen to what they are saying, you need to heed Aboriginal Heritage, Colonial Heritage, and Unique Heritage and protect them by legislation, not sell them but lease them. That is the future for you, for the community and for New South Wales and Australia.

 

NSW State Architect Rolls In His Grave – 200 Years Later Work Faces Destruction

If Francis Greenway was alive today, he would be on the streets protesting about what the modern day State Architect is proposing to do to his work that has lasted for 200 years. Peter Poulet the current State Architect is not a designer of grand old buildings, instead he likes modern art, “A well travelled artist” as this story in the Daily Telegraph tells the Australian Public. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/lifestyle/home-mag/architect-peter-poulets-home-is–testament-to-a-welltravelled-life/news-story/53b760e488aeaa077a986c89a5d74399

The question therefore has to be asked why a fellow that has no experience in design becomes the State Architect in Charge of the “Architects Office” of course the answer is a very simple one. You have a NSW Government that does not believe in saving out heritage and wants to sell it at any price. And that the original State Officer “Francis Greenway” is relegated to the $10 Note. francis-greenway-1777-1837-on-10-dollars-1966-banknote-from-australia-ed3ean

Francis Greenway (1777-1837), architect, was born at Mangotsfield, near Bristol, England, son of Francis Greenway and Ann, née Webb. The Greenways had been stonemasons, builders and architects in the west country for generations. Francis was in private practice as an architect in Bristol when in March 1812 he was found guilty of forging a document.

He was sentenced to death but the penalty was later changed to transportation for fourteen years. He arrived in Sydney in February 1814 in the transport General Hewitt, and was followed in July by his wife Mary, whom he had married about 1804, and three children in the Broxbornebury.

This is what the community is facing NSW from the State Government, no longer is heritage  a precious commodity to be saved for the future use of the people, but a treasure to be sold, it is ironic then that poor old Francis is put on our currency, for that is what is happening.

Peter Poulet the current State Architect presides over the work of the heritage destroyers Urban Growth, which is the development arm of the State, but managed by young inexperienced people who think that a visit by the Premier or minister to announce a grand plan of destruction, is the best thing ever. Urban Growth have lodged a development application with the ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED BY THE BAIRD GOVERNMENT AT PARRAMATTA, which will slice the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct into three to sell off to the highest bidder. Photo courtesy of the Daily Telegraph.

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The office of the State Architect has been dumbed down, this office has been the powerhouse for 200 years, it has now been reduced to an artists studio, not a design of grand buildings in sight, and the NSW community are fighting for their very life to stop the destruction of their heritage for the history and the future economy of NSW and Australia.

The problem with all of this is that when it is sold, when it is destroyed by high rise buildings, there will be nothing left that can bring tourists revenue to Parramatta. If the politicians including Geoff Lee the local member had an original thought that was sold by some one like Francis Greenway, they could see what a potential Tourism site this could be a desired destination of tourists from all over the world, it would boost the Parramatta economy for many years to come. But NO, Mr Lee has been advised (wrongly) that he will get the site World Heritage Listed after the site has been destroyed, not so Mr Lee, not so.

 

Mr Baird, Lucy Turnbull and Ed Blakely Hands off Parramatta Assets.

Never has there been a concentrated effort to sell off Public Land in Parramatta. Democracy is Dead and Buried in NSW. The Parramatta Residents turned out in good numbers to protest the move from the State Government to remove all means of our Democracy. Parramatta City Council had decided to fight numerous items before they were dismissed and replaced by Amanda Chadwick and her side kick Sue Wetherby. You may remember that the community lost the fight to put the portholes in the fake part of the Lennox bridge built in 1839. The result looks like a really bad add on, most photographers do not use the port holes when framing their photographs.

Geoff Lee the State member for Parramatta is also agreeing with Baird, Turnbull and Blakely, to sell off or destroy the assets that the ratepayers have paid for, in the city. Why don’t these people listen to the residents of Parramatta, are they drawing wages from the Ratepayers of Parramatta City and the Taxpayers of NSW. Why are they treating the Ratepayers and Taxpayers like a cash cow.

One of the groups fighting this sell off is the North Parramatta Residents Group, the only group who is doing something about this wholesale slaughter, they have successfully created a network of people who are quietly working their way into the underbelly of the political parties, the pen is mightier that the sword my friends.

And we might ask what happened to the plans that were raised a couple of years ago that allowed the War Memorial Pool to remain on CROWN LAND, but still allow the Stadium to expand. The Parramatta Park Trust had no right to give Venues NSW permission to take over our World Heritage Listed Park Land. Who is getting the contracts, who is making the money out of this, it is certainly not the tax payers and the ratepayers. We need to add a performance Clause to the conditions of the people who are making these decisions.

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RESIDENTS OF PARRAMATTA UNITE.!!!!!!

Pre-Determined Plan NSW State Government – Sinks Moxham Wetland.

There is no democracy in NSW at all, the NSW Government has decided to sell off Public Land put aside by the “Crown” for the future use of the community. this affects as many as seven sites in Parramatta, this is happening during the forced council amalgamations, when Parramatta is run by a Baird Government appointee Amanda Chadwick.

There is a plan by  Baird the members of his government to deny all rights of the people in NSW to protest, or have their concerns raised, the public meeting held to discuss the problems of the Moxham site was effectively determined even before the meeting started. The community was told that the State would do whatever it wanted despite what they were worried about. Recently Pittwater was put through this type of process, despite many objections they were overruled by the Baird Government. This video shows how the GSC and the Department of Planning work together.

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An American Professor, Chairman of the JRPP and now Commission Chairman for Lucy Turnbull’s Greater Sydney Commission has effectively recommended the rezoning the Moxham Quarry Wetland at Northmead, (this site is the State Seat of Seven Hills, Liberal Party Member Mark Taylor is the sitting local member), Parramatta for High Density Housing…..

The State Planning Department officer sat and gave her views on the flawed EIS statements agreeing with them even thought speakers pointed out the flaws, there were no independent studies as you expect for a development, she agreed with the proponent and was spoke against the myriad of local residents, and past Councillors of Parramatta City Council who has fought since 1999 to stop this Quarry from being destroyed. Even the rich Aboriginal history has been ignored by this bloke from America.

The Quarry was abandoned in the 1950’s due to the miners hitting the aquifer, sand stone finds is not waterproof, no cap will hold it, it will seep out somewhere else. If built the community on the Wetland would be have a bigger threat from bush fires, one road in and out will put lives at risk.

Something is on the nose in NSW, the community needs supporting, we call for an inquiry into the sale of Public Land, the community won “Talus”  and “Rutledge” is a force to be reckoned with,  it is about time that some one takes a hard close look at what is going on.

 

 

 

 

Urgent Parramatta Female Factory Under Threat.

The Fleet Street Precinct is under threat from the very people who are supposed to protect it. I believe that the way  the NSW government is handling this project is not constitutional, the development action by Urban Growth is not transparent and I say this for the following reasons. Urban Growth has lodged a development application to divide this unique and iconic convict built site and rezone it. This has been done so that they can sell off parts of it to the developers. Now who will be making this decision? The Greater Sydney Commission (headed by Mrs Lucy Turnbull) will oversee that process; they will put pressure on the City Of Parramatta Council to approve this. Now who will the people be at COP who will make this decision?

This will be the NSW Government appointed administrator, there are no democratically elected councillors, they have been sacked. This was a deliberate act by the Baird Government, so as to lessen the opposition against the sale. So the person that has been appointed, who has no connection to Parramatta and I am sure that has very little knowledge of the history will be the person to make the decision. The ratepayers and members of the public who have ancestors in the Female Factory and people who generally are interested in our Australian history do not have a say. The elected State Member supports this project to divide and sell off the site (even though he is paid by the tax payers to represent us and our concerns, he follows the party line.)

The following is a comment from a participant that I believe, says what the people in the community are feeling.” I turned up this morning to discover the only things going on today were the tours for school groups and other booked groups.  Though there was meant to be stalls and information about potential ideas, there was nothing going on, so I left.  

The very young staff (with poor senses of geography and history) is all looking forward to the Smoking ceremony, ministerial speeches etc. tomorrow from 8 am.  All this sounds like it is a smoke and mirrors PR exercise and not about consultation at all.  Booklets and posters with pretty pictures, but I get no sense of depth at all.  I just hope tomorrow after the ministers leave might be more robust, but I doubt it.”

The guest Speakers for “Riot Day” were Tom and Meg Keneally, they were very concerned about the future of the Female Factory, they were amazed that the site was not World Heritage Listed, considering the importance of the stories. Tom and Meg accepted an invitation to be Patron’s for the Parramatta Female Factory Friends. meg-keneally-photo

 

Tom and Meg Keneally are writing a book based on their Girl in the Female Factory they say she was a “Good Girl”.

Moxham Quarry Environmental Wetland

  • 166 Windsor Road Northmead is “A Crown Land Reserve” the Northmead Bowling Club is built on this Crown Land – this is usually leased from the Crown at a nominal fee. I have not seen anything from the State government about the property being leased, in fact the State has no lease recorded, and the question is if it is leased, who is it, for what cost and who receives the money.
  • Developer Len Jones claims he has a lease on the property. Len Jones claims he is acting on behalf of “The State” Len Jones heads a company for private profit, if what he says is true, has he bought the lease from the bowling club; I have not found during my research any of this in the paperwork. In fact 6 days ago Crown Land Lease Department did not have a lease listed.
  • And who is LHJ Pty Ltd, there seems to be little or no information available which is a concern.
  • Crown Land is supposed to be managed by the State for the people of Australia – the duty of care of the State is to manage on the “people’s behalf The question is why is Crown land subject to exploitation by private developers who make a profit. This is not the only case in NSW, this type of development is before the “Courts as we speak”
  • Why has Mr Baird rushed the Crown Land Bill through Parliament during the amalgamation of councils who have administrators and not the people’s elected representatives, this bill changes the way that Crown Land is regulated? Why does the State Government not have a list of Crown Land and the status of it on public access?
  • See the video of the fly over.

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Parramatta Council shoots itself in the foot

Parramatta Council shoots itself in the foot. I would like to express my disappointment in the decision to support the High Rise development of the NSW State Government to the most important Convict built site which is  more intact than any one in Australia.  Councillors it beggars belief that a site that is so significant to for the future Tourism of Parramatta can be decided by 12 people in the Council is unbelievable. Once any piece of the site in Fleet Street is built on, then all you will have is less green space, you are not able to give it World Heritage Listing as it deserves, you will have lost the unique opportunity to promote Parramatta as the best place in Parramatta to visit, no other place in Australia has these assets. Do you think that overseas people will come to visit and look at high rise, you can see that any place in the world.

The problem is that Council does not seem to love our city as most people do, it is looking at development and money instead of our heritage, I believe that all we will have is high rise glass boxes. I urge that all people who are passionate about Parramatta, make your thoughts known to the Council.