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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release December 2005

Are they teetering?

Are they?

One of our contacts maintains that the high-density bullies are on the "tipping point". A good push now and they will fall over he says. What is the evidence?

  1. As mentioned in our last week’s email, The Australian newspaper reported that the Victorian State Government, under pressure from forthcoming Council elections has announced "dramatic" changes to its high-density planning policy.
  2. The SA Government has responded to pressure by proposing, for the first time, to rezone some rural land to urban currently outside the Urban Growth Boundary to ensure adequate long term supply .
  3. The urban consolidation policy in NSW is obviously in deep trouble. We have seen a change in the Planning Minister and the departure of the Director-General and other key figures in the Planning Department. Deadlines come and go without being met.
  4. More notice is being taken of our views. In June I had an article published in the journal People and Place. Sydney Sustainability Commissioner Professor Peter Newman responded in the September edition and I shall have a further article published in the December edition replying to his response.
  5. In the Domain section of today’s Sydney Morning Herald (3-4 December, page 4A) we are quoted in the cover story:

    Tony Recsei, president of Save Our Suburbs – a group formed by residents to fight rezoning and overdevelopment in Sydney – says if the community wanted higher-density living , it should have been left to local councils to make that decision.

    Why does the State Government have to interfere in such a draconian manner?" Recsei wonders. He says residents prefer individual villas to apartments and believes the Government has failed to prove the benefits of apartment living to the community. "High density means higher traffic congestion" he says. "There are lots of downsides and the government hasn't really proved the upside."

  6. Most importantly, election results are giving the major parties the jitters. Independent Alex McTaggart’s astounding victory in Pittwater has made them realise that they cannot always take the community for granted.

What do you think?

WE MUST MAINTAIN THE PRESSURE! If they are somewhat unstable we must not falter. Letters, media contacts, demos are the way. It all adds up. Our latest opportunity is:

The proposed 900 unit overdevelopment on the Royal Rehabiltation Centre in Ryde

This matter is beginning to generate a huge controversy.

The proposal is for a six storey 900 unit development at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre in Ryde (bounded by Victoria Road, Morrison Road and Charles Street). There are currently 1500 residences in this area (Putney) so this will represent a 60 % increase. No infrastructure upgrade is involved, the traffic will spill into the surrounding streets. Community debate has been stifled by Frank Sartor declaring the proposal of "state significance" under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

400 people turned up at a rally at an initial rally opposing this. They have also been attending Parliamentary sittings. The group say:

When the RRC development is added on to the proposed Primrose Hill outrage (200 apartments), the waterside monoliths still under constructions at Meadowbank, and the proposals for the Channel Seven site and the brickworks at Epping , it's blatantly obvious what we are facing - the destruction of our area and our way of life - grubby private profit with outrageous socialised losses. It's totally disgusting and all those involved should be ashamed of themselves.

Click for a flier calling for a further protest for 11 am on Sunday 11 December 2005 at the Putney Public School, Parry Street, Putney.



Tony Recsei

President, Save Our Suburbs

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