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.

 

Parramatta The Next Great City – For Tourism I Don’t Think So!

Let us look at what makes a City attractive to the overseas Tourist. A trip from the City of Sydney to Parramatta by the River Cat, first of all if you are in a group or just a couple you need to purchase a $10 Opal Card, because that is all you can buy. You arrive at Parramatta, if you have not organised a local Tour operator to pick you up, and you don’t know the sites, you walk to Westfield, have a coffee and then back to the Ferry to go back to Sydney. If you are lucky enough to find the information centre, a young assistant tells you, no we do not have any history in Parramatta.capture

And why is this so, well the City of Parramatta Council has had the ratepayer’s elected representatives sacked. The council is under Administration, Amanda Chadwick and the staff was supposed to continue with the business of the area. But NO!!!! Amanda has been hand picked by Premier Mike Baird. So what is his agenda? It is to assist the developers to build on every spare piece of land in the Parramatta LGA. Will you be able to have a swim on a hot day in Parramatta, NO!!!!! why? Because Mike Baird has approved a new stadium (the best in the west) and wants to demolish the War Memorial Swimming Pool, and has no funds or plans to rebuild it, and the ratepayers are out of pocket.

Will you be able to visit a first class Convict built historical place like the Fleet Street r0_251_4821_2962_w1200_h678_fmaxHeritage Precinct? NO!!!!!!!!! Why, because Mike Baird and his developer mates want to build high rise glass boxes, smothering the area. Is there a first class Museum in Parramatta which tells the rich history of the area NO!!!!!! Why, because Mike Baird wants to move the PowerHouse Museum to Parramatta, but it will not be a PowerHouse, it will be a LittleHouse, Why, because it is planned to be 25% of the size of the original one in Ultimo and the site chosen is flood prone. Why, because Mike Baird wants to sell the Ultimo site for high rise.

screen-shot-2015-02-03-at-7-15-57-amCan you take a tour around Parramatta and see the sites? NO!!!!!!!!!! why because most areas are not coach friendly, no public toilets readily available to coaches, no place that caters for meals for coach tours, no signs, no planned Tourist strategy. And why you might ask, because no one is interested in bringing tourists to Parramatta. The NSW government thinking is more high rise, higher immigration, more cars, clogged roads every night and no jobs for our citizens. You might ask how are our present ratepayers are coping, to put it simply they are very mad.

Is their local Member Geoff Lee concerned, NO!!!!!!!!!!! why, he is perfectly happy with the way things are going.

GSC- Great Sydney Con.

The Greater Sydney Commission set up by the Baird Government is made up of people who can use their power and influence to squash the residents of Sydney into submission. The worst thing is they are using our assets and taxes to do this. NSW is not a democracy but a dictatorship, run by people who have no interests in or knowledge of the Heritage of Sydney or Parramatta.

Let us look at the holdings of the Turnbull’s,  the couple reside in Sydney, with an additional property in Hunter Valley, an apartment in Canberra when they are not in The Lodge. They also own an apartment in New York City. The couple are independently wealthy. Mrs Turnbull is a figure head of the GSC, her task is to sell the government’s plan to sell our assets, build high rise glass boxes on every space, destroy as much of our heritage and our children’s legacy as they can, until our City have nothing left. Despite many requests for a meeting to discuss this topic, no answer is always forthcoming, tight deadlines for submissions, adds are placed on the second last page of the local papers and it is always done when they think we are distracted, like the Christmas Break for instance. Now let us analyse why this happens. Watch this video, a little long, but these plans were put in place years ago The Perfect Storm 

District Commissioner West Central Professor Ed Blakely. His Profile reads like this…..gsc-commissioner-ed-blakely-400x300

US and international urban policy, US domestic policy with emphasis on race, class and socioeconomic issues, global urban agendas on sustainability, global warming, development economics with particular background in South America, China, Japan, Europe, Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.

Edward Blakely is Chair of the Future Cities Collaborative at the US Studies Centre and serves as a District Commissioner on the Greater Sydney Commission. He previously served for two years as Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Development Administration, the “recovery czar” for New Orleans following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. The question, is what is his knowledge of the issues, needs and the heritage of the district he is serving.

print.jpgRobert (Rob) Gordon Stokes MP

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws, Master of Laws, Doctor of Philosophy (Law), Diploma of Biblical Studies, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. Stokes was an associate with the law firm David Begg & Associates in Martin Place Sydney. He also worked in a number of other legal firms including one at Mona Vale. He subsequently became a lecturer in the Division of Law at Macquarie University. He became a member of the Young Lawyers Association of New South Wales and was a member of both the Environmental Law and CLE Committees.

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Geoff Lee MP Member for Parramatta.

Geoff Lee was born in 1967 and has an Australian and Chinese background. He attained a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in horticulture from the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Campus and was managing director of Hambledon Garden Centre, a garden centre and landscaping business in Parramatta from 1992 until 2001. He completed his Master of Business from the Macquarie University School of Business Administration in 2001 and commenced teaching part-time at Liverpool TAFE from 2004 to 2006, Lee was a lecturer in business at the University of Western Sydney and, during this time, completed a Doctor of Business Administration degree at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.  In 2007, he was appointed Associate Dean (Engagement) at UWS. Photograph Daily Telegraph.

Premier Mike Baird MP.

Baird attended The King’s School, Parramatta, and spent time living in the USA whilst his father served as head of the Australia trade commission in New York. Baird graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. Baird also studied at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada, initially intending to enter the Anglican ministry, but while there decided a career in investment banking and later politics. In 1999, he successfully sought preselection for the seat of Manly. Baird then returned to investment banking, working for the National Australia Bank for a time in London, before returning to Sydney to work for the HSBC Australia. But of course now Mr Baird has started the avalanche of destruction, he has resigned the Parliament.

gladys_portrait-webNow we are looking at Gladys Berejiklian as the new Premier who has promised us she will do everything that Mike Baird did but more, sales of the people’s assets, more infrastructure, privatisation of  Crown Land, and build more high rise for overseas investors.

Gladys has not mentioned her vision for Heritage and certainly does not know what Parramatta has, some tour guide should give her a days tour of Parramatta to see the potential “Tourism Dollars” if she is game to take on the current system of decision makers that Mr Baird has set in place.

Now, you ask what are these lot of people making decisions on our precious history and heritage, they are not interested in the subject or the people involved, they have not studied the subject or read stories, they do not or cannot tell the stories of the past, and has never explored or even visited the area they are in charge of, then what are they interested in and what is the common theme that these people are interested in? The answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!! is money.

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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.!!!!!!

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”.

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.