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.

Stack of Australian Dollar

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.

Parramatta Female Factory – Government Promises – Overseas Developers.

Crown Land Our Land was formed to highlight the problems of the NSW Communities. The lack of respect by our elected leaders who were put into government to look after us, our homes, our lively hoods, our farms, water. Over successive governments the lack of representation for our communities is unbelievable and literally thousands of people are putting their lives on hold to protest about the problems they are having trying to protect their homes. The rush of the current government to allow big development has already been experienced when the community fought to have the NSW Planning laws actually represent the community instead of Big Business. Then the White Paper giving the government the means to sell off our precious assets to overseas interests has been shelved for the time being. but come the March election if the same people are in Government it will be aired again. June Bullivant writes about the problems in the Parramatta local government area………………..

Sitting through three sessions of consultation meetings with people hired by Urban Growth (the commercial arm of the NSW Government) has not allayed the fears of our groups for the privatisation and commercialisation of land that belongs to all Australians. Day one we were asked questions and our views, played pin the tail and then the crunch, “we need to do something to pay for all of this.”

Local State Member Geoff Lee was quoted in the local newspapers as saying he supported the plan that is being proposed by the State Government, he held the party line. He also was quoted as saying he did not the are World Heritage Listed, his reasoning, they would not be able to sell off the land surrounding it to the developers for the building of high rise.

The State government thinks that this land is theirs to sell, they say that the money is needed for conservation of the buildings on the site. All the new releases are now saying the other buildings on the site. There is no mention that these buildings are the only intact sandstone buildings in Australia built by Parramatta sandstone from the Fleet Street Quarry and by convicts. No other place in Australia has intact buildings, only ruins.

The State Government is pushing to have 6000, apartments on this convict site, people say “Oh I hope that it will be put aside for affordable housing”, well there hopes are to be dashed. The author knows that clandestine tours of non English speaking overseas developers were driven around Parramatta. Affordable Housing is not even on the horizon, most of these developments are sold off the plan, to overseas investors, this means that they will own the land on the site.

Of course these units will need to be serviced so that means 6,000 apartments will need to have electricity and water, if you have witnessed any building site you will know of the rubbish generated and the mess made of the building site, of course the public will not see the devastation because they surround it with fabric you cannot see through.

Will they have an explorative archaeological dig so they know what they are digging up, they have not said, have they promised that the sandstone structures will be safe and conserved, yes, but not when, they will sell off the surrounding land, will they put the money in a special account to be used for the convict buildings,  they have not said.

So my friends they have not developed a plan for the Convict Buildings (they are occupied by the NSW Department of Health) they have not told us the plans to develop the convict site for tourism or how the community can use them, they have only showed us a plan to sell and develop the land for high rise to sell off to overseas developers.

We are angry, why, because the trust in the NSW Government is at a low ebb, why because of a corruption of process, because our land is being sold for profit, because the push by this Government is to develop, develop, develop and to hell with the community, you will get what we tell you,  they have declared the site to be of State Significance, this means from here in you will not be able to have  an impact on decision making, they can increase the height at their whim, and there will be no way that you will be able to stop it.

Watched a presentation on the work on our World Heritage Listed Parramatta Park, no ifs buts or maybe, this was set in concrete with no consultation with the committees set up by council to give important historical information, who did they work with, the same people who are currently putting portals through the 1836 Lennox Bridge. People of NSW our State is in for a vey bad period for our history and our heritage, we liken it to the 1970’s, but we fear it will be much worse. There is no gate keeper with a lock on the door, it is open to the elements.

This is another exercise where our elected representatives are governing for the big end of town and not the citizens of NSW.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nsw-premier-mike-baird-announces-up-to-6000-new-apartments-as-part-of-2-billion-renewal-of-north-parramatta-heritage-precinct/story-e6frg6n6-1227039856678

Photo Greg Davis

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Parramatta-Female-Factory/324446394388274?ref=hl

http://www.heritagewatchnsw.org.au/parramatta-female-factory–.php

http://www.crownlandourland.org.au/parramatta-female-factory–.php

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land.

 

 

Roads and Maritime Services – State Significance – Money For Favours?

Road and Maritime Services- State Significance – Money for Favours?

Adele Carrall-Browne writes from “People Opposing and Exposing Corruption that the Road and Maritime Services (RMS) are forging ahead with projects with no accountability. They are using the Part 3A Major Project procedure to destroy heritage, Aboriginal Heritage, the Environment and our Communities. All in the name of progress, utilising the mantra ‘safer travel’ often ignoring the option that will achieve the same objective and prove cheaper, they forge ahead without community license. The Communities are starting to link the dots.

http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/roadprojects/projects/pac_hwy/

Most people are not aware that this is happening and not many people know that the possibility of fraudulent practices being used to push these destructive paths through our communities. The last few weeks have seen the ICAC link a number of politicians up the Eastern Seaboard with Nathan Tinkler and his Coal Loader expansion at Newcastle, he has even gone as far as Richmond in the West donating money to Bart Bassett for his campaign funds, many of the Central Coast politicians have fell on their sword or stood aside.

 Adele Writes …………………….

Roads & Maritime Services (RMS – previously known as the RTA), with the complicity of other government departments/corporations, are destroying natural and man-made environments – priceless heritage – at every opportunity.

The routes being used for these so-called ‘upgrades’ are not necessarily the cheapest to construct or the safest for road users. They do not necessarily reduce travel distance and may not even reduce travel time.

RMS and their contractors are, “Destroying people’s lives,” (Nerong resident). They are, in many cases absolutely unnecessarily, causing ‘horrendous noise, dust, vibration [and] fumes’ (Sapphire to Woolgoolga ‘upgrade’ resident).

Dust to which people impacted by these so-called ‘upgrades’ have been exposed includes (but is not limited to) crystalline silica dust (silica dust). Silica dust (both quartz and cristobalite) is a Group 1 human carcinogen and the only cause of silicosis, an incurable lung disease.

They are damaging private property with blasting and other vibration-causing activities. In (but not necessarily limited to) the case of blasting-damaged properties at Nerong, ‘In each instance the Roads and Traffic Authority, and through it the Abigroup [another Lend Lease subsidiary] and the claims assessors, have said that there is no real damage; it is only a figment of residents’ imaginations’ [John Turner (now former) National Party MP].

RTA – RMS – Highway Upgrade Victims: https://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/148560308609561/

Read more  http://bulahdelahbypass.wordpress.com/w-the-aftermath-a-wake-of-devastation-2/

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land http://www.crownlandourland.org.au/

State Significance – Community Pain, No Gain – Windsor Bridge Happy 140th Birthday

State Significance – Community Pain, No Gain -Windsor Bridge Happy 140th Birthday

When the NSW Government decree that something is of State Significance, it is usually to prevent the community from being consulted, the decision making process is approved by the Planning Minister, one person without consultation from the people who live in the place that is being Developed, every person in NSW be aware, any development worth 20 million and over can take this course even the Development of a site as important as the Parramatta Female Factory can be subject to this process but we will leave that story for another day. The people from Windsor have been fighting for common sense decision for over three years.

The group Community Action for Windsor Bridge (CAWB) have worked tirelessly to try and convince the NSW Government, that there is a better option that would be more effective and less destructive of the oldest Town Square in Australia, established in 1795.

Not only will this proposal be destructive to the unique and fragile heritage of an important part of our nation’s history, it will also prove to be an ineffective solution to the ever increasing demands of road users.

We feel that the politicians from Local and State governments have let their community down. To replace a bridge that still carries a full load of traffic, with two lanes the same width, only a bit higher, beggars belief. One would think that if you were truly representing your citizens you would look for an alternative to destroying the Town Square and taking the ever increasing traffic away from the city area.

One wonders why this decision was undertaken and no amount of correspondence including a 13,000 signed petitions, visit to members of Parliament, Local Government and to Parliament House has fell on deaf ears. The only thing that actually stands out is the continuing sand mining further up stream at Birds Eye Corner. Could this be the reason to demolish a bridge that is still carrying a full load 140 years on? The only thing that the replacement will achieve is a higher bridge; it will not stop flooding in the area because while the middle of the bridge will be above the water, the approaches will still be flooded.

Does the sand mining firm want to put the sand on river barges, do they want to float it past Windsor, and if so who will benefit. Somewhere in the papers of the NSW Government there lies the answer. Follow the money trail. Does the sand mining firm want to put the sand on river barges, do they want to float it past Windsor, and if so who will benefit. Somewhere in the papers of the NSW Government, somewhere there lays the answer. Follow the money trail.

One may also ask why the politicians elected to represent the Community get away with putting the development before the people they represent, on person has moved to another electorate, the decision taken because of a change in the electoral boundaries, but is this the only reason, in our opinion this was only a minor part of the decision, we let you the reader make the judgment.

For more information see http://www.cawb.com.au/about-us.html

June M Bullivant OAM

Crown Land Our Land.

http://www.crownlandourland.org.au/windsor-bridge–.php