THE ONLY WAY TO SAVE WILLOWGROVE IS TO OBJECT TO THE PARRAMATTA POWERHOUSE PROJECT – NOW!
It has become increasingly clear as reports and documents have become available under pressure from community, museum professionals and heritage experts that Parramatta is not getting a museum it was promised but a monster flexible event space with residential level that will demolish our already diminishing heritage assets with WillowGrove and St Georges Terraces.
We recommend you read this analyses on the designs the government has on display which clearly outline we are not getting a Museum at all – read here
There are thousands of pages of consultants reports in the EIS on display (for only 28 days) but NPRAG along with professionals we have sort opinions of have put together a simple guide on how to make a precise and effective objection to this project.
YOU ONLY HAVE TO JULY 7th to make a SUBMISSION to SAVE WILLOWGROVE please act today!
Whether it is because you want to save the heritage, or you believe its the wrong location due to the flood risks or it isn’t the museum you think Parramatta should have. All points are relevant and we need as many unique voices from all over NSW to be heard.
NPRAG have been strongly campaigning for the Museum of NSW to be created in the Fleet Street Heritage Precinct instead of closing the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. You can read our rationale document here – and learn about our alternative site here
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SUBMISSIONS NEEDED IN SUPPORT OF NATIONAL HERITAGE LISTING FOR PARRAMATTA FEMALE FACTORY PRECINCT
We know many of you would have written in to support the inclusion of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct in the assessment list for National Heritage Listing last year and we thank you as it made it to that stage.
HOWEVER, the battle is not over.
Now the Heritage Council is assessing whether the Female Factory Precinct is the most significant for its ability to tell the stories of women and children in care or confined in institutions over the course of one hundred and fifty years of Australian history.
The precinct might also have the potential to yield information that will contribute to an understanding of the lives of convict women in early colonial Australia and institutionalised children during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For the purposes of National Heritage listing, the Council is also considering whether the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct has a special association with Forgotten Australians and Stolen Generations, or whether institutionalised women and children have outstanding importance in Australia’s cultural history.
IT IS VITAL THAT YOU ALL TAKE THE TIME TO ADDRESS THE TWO CRITERIA THAT THE FEMALE FACTORY PRECINCT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS HAVING AND SEND A LETTER OF SUPPORT TO:
Please provide any written comments by 23 September 2016 to:
Australian Heritage Council
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click MAP of area under consideration to view
To Learn more about the history of 9ha of grounds that is being considered for National Listing go to Parramatta Female Factory Precinct National Heritage Selected History
To understand the submission criteria go to Parramatta Female Factory Precinct National Heritage Fact Sheet
WESTERN SYDNEY STADIUM PROPOSAL
On July 21st Venues NSW owners of Pirtek Stadium lodged an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for a new Stadium Concept Design and DA for the demolition of the existing stadium and the Parramatta War Memorial Pool. This can be found HERE
We urge you to make a submission objecting to the current proposal by the deadline of August 19th. We have prepared points that we suggest you include in part of your submission, however it is important to include your own personal thoughts and outline issues that concern you as well. NPRAG and the community strongly believe that a new stadium can be designed within the current Stadium Trust land and can continue to co-exist with the Parramatta War Memorial Swimming Pool. This is not, and never should be an argument of whether we can have one or another.
There is far more proposed than just another 7000 seats to the stadium. The application also notes some ‘20,000sqm of future use ancillary development” with no indication of what this could actually be!
As far as we can ascertain submissions CAN ONLY be lodged on line via Department of Planning website portal HERE. We have asked if the Department will take mailed submissions but yet to get a response.
MAJOR CONCERNS to include in your submission are:
- The SEARs Report issued by Department of Planning states under Consultation that “During the preparation of the EIS, you must consult with the relevant local, State or Commonwealth Government authorities, service providers, community groups and affected landowners” The Consultation Report lodged by Venues NSW reports under Community Consultation “Two Fan Forums were held on 18 January and 9 February 2016. The forums included representatives from the NRL teams – Bulldogs, West Tigers and Parramatta Eels, the Western Sydney Wanderers and from Football Federation Australia” Therefore we believe Venues NSW did not comply with the Department of Planning SEARs report by consulting with community groups during the preparation of the EIS. The EIS is premature and should be pulled from exhibition and meaningful consultation with community groups be carried out and a new consultation report submitted again with a new EIS submission.
- The Parramatta War Memorial Pool currently leases land from the Parramatta Park Trust; this is Crown Land that was not identified in the EIS. Further the proposed change of use of Crown Land or land that is vested as part of the Parramatta Park Trust Act 2001- did not go through the statutory notification process as per the Crown Land Act.
- World Heritage Listed Old Government House and its Vistas will be compromised by a stadium height of 42.5 metres. This size of development is inappropriate for surrounding historically sensitive area.
If you need any assistance please don’t hesitate to contact NPRAG Committee at email@example.com
CROWN LAND INQUIRY
In June 2016 with the lobbying of community groups an upper house inquiry into the mismanagement of crown lands in nsw from public use and privatised for commercial purposes. This submissions are now being received and the deadline of 24 July has been given. Please take the time to make a submission – you can draw examples to the Parramatta Park Trust land that is threatened by the State Governments proposal to take the land currently leased by Parramatta City Council for the public swimming pool for a Stadium Precinct with proposed commercial buildings to be placed on the site under the UGNSW development.
Another area under threat is the Parramatta Girls Home known as Kambala on the Crown Land Register. This is part of the Female Factory Precinct on Fleet Street. It is also under threat from the State Governments Development Arm Urban Growth NSW to be leased to private business use and with limited public access.
Submissions can be lodged by:
- the committee’s website at www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/crownland
- email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- letter to: The Director, General Purpose Standing Committee No.6, Legislative Council, Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000.
Submissions are confidential until the committee decides to publish them. Once published, submissions are usually placed on the committee’s website. Please note that personal contact details will be removed. If you would like to request that all or some of your submission be kept confidential, including your identity, you need to state so clearly in your submission. The committee will consider your request.
If the committee accepts your submission, it will be protected by parliamentary privilege. Anyone who republishes a committee document may be subject to the laws of defamation.
Submission guidelines can be downloaded from our website
The North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group (NPRAG) remains committed to a campaign for a better vision for the Cumberland and Sports & Leisure Precincts.
If you’d like to get involved…
If you are wondering what you can do as a concerned individual here are some suggestions:
1. Lobby your local Parramatta Councillor
On the 7th December, Parramatta Councillor James Shaw successfully passed a Motion in Council Chambers shown below. This Motion has been contested by Councillors Abood, Lloyd and Dwyer and will be heard on Monday 14 December. See Council supplementary business papers HERE. Included in these papers is a report on Council’s intended submission to the Australian Heritage Council supporting National Heritage Listing for the Female Factory Precinct, due December 18.
To know who your Councillor is CLICK HERE
Comments must be in writing, and must address one or more of the following: (i) whether the place meets any National Heritage criteria; (ii) if the place meets any National Heritage criteria, a statement about how it meets those criteria; and (iii) whether the place should be included in the National Heritage List.
Comments must be restricted to issues of criteria. These can be found at: http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/about/national
Mail to: Australian Heritage Council, GPO Box 787, CANBERRA ACT 2601
3.Write a letter to the editor
Letters to the editor are an effective way to reach out to other local members of our community. They don’t need to be long – less than 300 words. There are some great tips on how to write a letter to the editor HERE.
Parramatta Advertiser: email@example.com
Parramatta Sun: submit your letter via their website
Sydney Morning Herald: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Telegraph: submit your letter via their website
3. Contact Member for Parramatta, Dr. Geoff Lee
Ask Geoff Lee what he thinks about PNUT (aka PNUR) and why there cannot be a better vision.
Geoff Lee – State Member for Parramatta
90 George Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
email@example.com (02) 9891 4722
4. Contact the NSW Government Ministers responsible for heritage and planning
Mark Speakman – Minister for the Environment and Heritage and Assistant Minister for Planning
firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 8574 6390
Rob Stokes – NSW Minister for Planning
email@example.com (02) 8574 6707
Greg Hunt – Federal Minister for the Environment
5. Donate to North Parramatta Residents’ Action Group
Unfortunately or fortunately we are just residents and community members and the flyers, posters, banners, rooms for meetings and events all cost money. Bank Details HERE
CONTACT US at firstname.lastname@example.org