Parramatta Chamber of Commerce support motion to reverse rezoning proposal

Parramatta Chamber of Commerce president Michael Mekhitarian said the chamber was of the view the current proposal for the North Parramatta development was not the best possible outcome for the area and Parramatta City.

Mr Mekhitarian said the chamber would support Cr Shaw’s motion for the council to request the state government reverse its decision to rezone the precinct.

“We believe this is a one-off opportunity to get the regeneration of one of Australia’s most significant sites of colonial history right.”

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Sydney Water decides to put Caloola Rd Reserve sale on hold after community protests – NPRAG assist residents in Constitution Hill

PUBLIC land at Constitution Hill has been saved — for now.

Sydney Water had planned to sell the historical piece of land at Caloola Road Reserve for low-density residential development.

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Constitution Hill Residents meet with Mayor Paul Garrard, Clr Julia Finn, Shadow Minister Water Mick Veitch, National Trusts Brian Powyer and NPRAG President Suzette Meade at Caloola Road Reserve. Notable resident former NSW Premier Nathan Rees also attended.

But last week it announced it would put the sale on hold while it explored further options for the site, sparking a sigh of relief among the community.

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Parramatta Clr Julia Finn and Shadow Minister Water & Lands MP Mick Veitch stand where irish convicts did over 200 years ago looking into Parramatta from Constitution Hill

“Not only is this historically significant park important to Australians but to the Irish in our nations colonial beginnings,” Ms Meade said.

“With our society leading increasingly sedentary lifestyles, open parkland and green space is vital, not only for physical but mental health of the community — once its gone its gone.”

Parramatta Lord Mayor Paul Garrard said the site was of vital importance to the city and nation’s heritage.

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