Destroying a lively city – Our Grim Future – Series 1 – part 1

When you local member is representing the Baird Government instead of the people who supply his wages, the City of Parramatta has a problem. Geoff Lee (photographed here by the Western Sydney Business Access, who incidentally has given him space on numerous occasions,  while we are aware that this media member writes for business, it does not write both sides of the story. The publication is in favour of the developers and the Baird Government agenda. WSBA does not have balanced reporting. It tells the business community what they think the business people of Parramatta want to here.

Read about what the WSBA says about the Stadium Development, here

  • Does it tell you that to accomplish this development  it needs to steal a bit more of our Crown Land, Our World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park?
  • Does it tell you that to give you a facility that is only used by footballers that when Venues NSW did the Environmental Study that the football teams were the only ones who were consulted?
  • Does WSBA tell you that to put this development up that the residents and ratepayers will lose the only pool in Parramatta, a pool that they have spent over $8 million dollars a couple of years back.
  • Do they tell you that there are no future plans to rebuild the Parramatta Memorial Swimming Pool or any funds set aside.

Do they tell you a plan done about two years ago, would have given us a new larger Stadium and also kept the pool intact for our citizens and our schools.fountains-at-centenary-square-at-church-street-mall-parramatta-f3c5p1This is where you will have to swim if Venues NSW get their way. This is not good enough for Parramatta, we as residents need a  city, we can live in, places where we can go to cool off, walk in open green spaces and not concrete jungles, surrounded by high rise glass boxes, we need to be able breath.

We need our elected representatives back, we need a voice, we need to be heard, and we need our concerns met. We do not need our rights taken away and have to fight to get them back, so Geoff Lee we need you to represent us, not sell us out, and Mr Baird, we need you to protect our facilities and not sell us out.

If you were paying good money to tour Australia would you put this venue on your plans to visit?????????????







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.



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.

Decision Makers do you make decisions For the Good of all Australians.

On reflection of the sad happenings of the past week, one wonders how much the decision making of our leaders have played in these and other events.  The only good thing to come out of the week is that it brought Australians closer and people were seen to shun the horror and embraced good instead of evil. In times past, rules were made using commons sense, they reflected the will of the Australian people. Sadly in recent times this has not been the case, the amount of angst in New South Wales and most other States of Australia is very hard to deal with. The old saying is “if you can’t convince them confuse them” springs to mind. But I am compelled to tell the story of hundreds of Australians who are fighting the decisions of our current leaders.

You may notice that all submission writing and decisions are taken near and over Christmas, the thinking is that people will be partying and not notice these things slip through. The other strategy is to put many problems up at the same time, so the people will get confused and not know where to start. Then if this is not enough, community consultation is broken up so that the stakeholders are kept away from the general population or does not happen at all, this is so the general population is not educated about the importance of retaining our heritage or fight for the right to protect their properties, health and their families. The stakeholders consultation is handled and controlled with little time for questions, workshops are controlled to 15 minutes for ideas.  And of course the process is given a fancy French name in some cases.

My interest and the heritage protectors in New South Wales, have been working to protect our heritage and history over a period of about 35 years, the Parramatta Community has fought for the retention of our precious items, we saved the Female Orphan School, we lost the Lennox Bridge, we won the Granville Swimming Pool (we had to accept demolition to retain the pool in Granville but retained parts of the old pool). The latest two items in the Parramatta area is the Moxham Quarry Wetland at Northmead, and the convict built buildings of the Parramatta Female Factory and associated buildings in Fleet Street Parramatta.

If the process goes ahead at the Female Factory in it’s present form, the people of Australia will lose the right to have the area “World Heritage Listed” because the criteria is that it has to be close to the original as possible. If the development goes ahead  the way the NSW Government wants which is being pushed by “Urban Growth” the development arm of the NSW government, the area will be transformed by high rise buildings (some 6,000 units) all heritage value will be lost.

The procedure which should have been followed was to have evaluated the convict buildings and working out how they would be protected and set up as a unique Tourist area before the decision to rezone and sell the land. Was this decision made for the common good, most people who are working to protect those buildings do not think so.

The Moxham Quarry Wetland is on Crown Land, this has been put to Parramatta City Council four times since 2006. The question is why is Crown Land being sold when it is against the act. Why did the JRPP put it through to the “Gateway” even though it was not supported by Parramatta Council or the Community. There were four people at that meeting, the Council delegate outvoted three to  one. The other question is who stands to gain from this sale of Public Land and how did they achieve this.

Our leaders have been navel gazing, the problem more of them believe that they are making decisions “For the Common Good”, this is not the case. People have been gaoled for protecting their property, people have been roughed up because they have had the hide to protest. The big banks who are making trillions of dollars are tossing out farmers off their properties and selling their farms because there has been a drought for many years. Millionaires have been allowed to make dubious deals to reroute important infrastructure to suit them and not the community and their needs. Big mining has been allowed to build close to homes, farms and food bowls. Why has this been allowed?

This has been allowed because of money, what happens when all our homes are built out and there is no green space, all our heritage has been destroyed or degraded. What happens when our infrastructure will not carry the traffic and the waste. What will happen when our food bowls and our water tables are poisoned. And what will happen when the Government has sold the people’s land. We cannot eat money, will the decision makers get enough money to move to another planet. What will be left for our children and their children.

It is not just State Governments that have this disease, it is all levels, but local government will suffer, do they realise that a lot of Councillor’s will lose their positions if amalgamations is realised (which by the way is another word for take over). It will be the survival of the biggest.

So members of the Australian Community are you happy with the way you are being represented? Is it for the good of all Australians or only for a few privileged people.

Left Over’s from 2009 – Adopted by Baird Government.

 Left Over’s from 2009 – Adopted by Baird Government.

The establishment of Crown Land Our Land and our affiliated groups networked to research the complexities and management of Crown Land and the push by the NSW Government to sell our land off has led to some interesting partners who have been watching the progression of Public Servants through the ranks of the service to attain high office usually to the detriment of the NSW Community. We have a number of examples, starting with Sam Haddad who held a high ranking office in the Department of Planning and now has been stood aside after a failed attempt to legislate a White Paper for planning which after a lot of intense work by the Better Planning Network with its affiliated members, was shelved for the time being.

The next person to come to our attention is Stephen Fenn, a man who was chief advisor to disgraced Minister Tony Kelly when he sold off Carrawong, is now highly placed in the Crown Lands Department and in charge of the White Paper for the privatisation of Crown land which was to be sold off. The White Paper Crown land has also been shelved for the time being.

Now that leads us to the current announcement by Planning Minister Pru Goward “that a committee of senior bureaucrats had been formed to articulate a ‘new vision’ for Sydney’s harbour, led by Les Wielinga, the new committee has been told to deliver a coordinated foreshore strategy” SMH 30th August 2014. Below is a small sample of the work of Mr Wielinga for your perusal. The question now being asked by CLOL is why has this man been appointed to a senior position to decide what should happen to our Sydney Harbour Foreshore.


Quoting from the linked webpage: Les Wielinga, previously the RTA’s Director of Motorways and Chairperson of the Lane Cove Tunnel Integration Group, was appointed to the RTA position of Chief Executive Officer in July, 2006.

In April, 2009, Wielinga, by then the ‘head’ of the Sydney Metro Authority, was one of the Senior New South Wales roads executives and members of former roads minister Eric Roozendaal’s office implicated in an Ombudsman’s report which was referred to the state’s ‘corruption watchdog’.

During his RTA career, Wielinga was also involved in Pacific Highway ‘upgrades’ which would maximise environmental and human devastation. He worked on the Bulahdelah to Coolongolook ‘upgrade’ for which the longest route ‘option’, affecting the second highest number of people, was used. Les Wielinga could have prevented the conglomeration of atrocities the RTA [has now inflicted] on Bulahdelah township, its residents and road users with the fraudulently named ‘Bulahdelah Bypass’ but did not.

[In late March or early April, 2009, the Ombudsman] ‘sent his report to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), concerned the potentially corrupt practices may have spread to the entire public sector’. Why haven’t all potentially life-affecting projects involving the RTA been delayed pending investigation? _________________________________________________________


In July, 2009, Les Wielinga was appointed Director General of Transport.

Following the 2011 state election, GLADYS BEREJIKLIAN and DUNCAN GAY appointed Wielinga Director General of the newly created Transport for NSW.

As Director General of Transport for NSW, Les Wielinga, together with Paul Broad, (the then) CEO of Infrastructure NSW, was ‘in charge of delivering … WestConnex and [the] North West Rail Link’.

Les Wielinga ‘retired’ in September, 2013.

In August, 2014, PRU GOWARD, Minister for Planning, announced that a ‘new’ ‘high level’ committee of senior bureaucrats had been formed to articulate a “new vision” for Sydney’s harbour.

The heads of the Department of Planning and Environment, Premier and Cabinet, Transport for NSW, Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Treasury, Trade and Investment and Government Property NSW will comprise the committee.

The committee is to be led by Les Wielinga.

Given that the WestConnex development is planning to deliver a very expensive, disruptive and high carbon project, the future should be public transport, we believe that WestConnex when completed will be obsolete with the planned projects from Urban Growth, why is the Government going down this path.

Information received from People Opposing and Exposing Corruption NSW

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land.

Photograph Daily Telegraph