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Save Our Sydney Suburbs (NSW) Inc.
News Release May 2004

Only if you are invited

Hi SOS Members

Yesterday's press release bore fruit. On page 7 of today's Sydney Morning Herald Ann Davies writes under the heading:

Have a say on Sydney's future, but only if you are invited

But as the event (the Sydney Futures Forum) kicked off yesterday at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern the ordinary people were thin on the ground.

The first of the forums was an invited guests-only affair made up of planners, bureaucrats and professional representatives of organisations such as the Property Council and the NSW Council of Social Service.

There will be other forums, but this two-day affair will be the most influential in setting the agenda.

Save Our Suburbs, a group that advocates the politically unpopular cause of retaining the quarter-acre block as the fundamental building unit in Sydney was not invited.

"If future community cooperation is desired with the outcome of the planning process, then community participation should be encouraged at an early stage so that the community can feel some ownership with the result" its convenor, Tony Recsei, said.

Tony Recsei
Save Our Suburbs (SOS)

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