‘A COVID-19-struck community with severely limited open space has been asked to review a plan to increase the number of homes by more than 70 per cent while enduring the strictest lockdown the city has seen.’
Mayor Khal Asfour:
‘As Mayor, I am dedicated to building stronger ties between Council and the community; … I intend to continue to lead the advocacy on important matters, such as sustainable development and infrastructure support, to make our City an even better place to live, work in and enjoy. ‘
HOW are these fine words reflected in what is proposed for Campsie?
WHEN Campsie residents are faced with a density increase from 24,500 to almost 40,000 dwellings by 2036
With little increase in public space under a Masterplan that will be put to a planning panel in a week’s time in a blueprint:
-allegedly to make Campsie more environmentally sustainable, affordable and connected to the Cooks River
-Beirut’s 2021 population is now estimated at 2,434,609
–Sydney’s 2021 population is now estimated at 4,991,654. In 1950, the population of Sydney was 1,689,935.
Greater Sydney population
In 2019 the Estimated Resident Population for Greater Sydney was 5,312,163.
As with the established pattern of NSW INC residents were only given days’ notice to provide feedback on the draft at the same time as outdoor recreation is heavily policed, and children limited to playing at the front of apartment blocks, and in driveways!
Campsie is already overcrowded with the Council having to resort to the Belmore Sports Ground to account for a third of the open space in the plan!
It is proposed to upgrade existing parks, create small pockets of open space and improve street amenity.
Will the river foreshore escape redevelopment?
Campsie will remain stuck with the overhead high-tension power lines as their removal is not a given.
ICAC previously investigated attempts by Daryl Maguire to increase the height of buildings for a developer friend, and NSW government’s 2017 plan for Campsie was shelved following community backlash.
So under the Cover of Covid, it appears, that NSW INC and the Council are proposing this huge redevelopment knowing full well that the community is too stretched to cope with this!
Canterbury MP Sophie Cotsis said:
“I’ve made representations to the council and the NSW Planning Minister to withdraw this proposal, which will have a significant, adverse impact on residents and their properties.”
Contrary to the council spokeswoman a pattern has been established under the Cover of Covid with the push for high immigration, and increased development already underway! And to fill the carriages of the Metro …
-from Singapore … China … India …
There is a disconnect with Australian home buyers currently faced with a housing shortage, and priced out of their communities!
Since 2012 thousands of alleged sets of engagement and community consultations have proved meaningless for many Sydney communities. Especially when one hears the buzzwords : ‘ …. To become a strategic centre, a cultural and lifestyle centre’