Clover Bulldozes Residents On Path

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Clover Bulldozers Residents on Path


MEDIA EVENT - 7.15 AM PROTEST --   30 MARCH 2009 -

WOOD STREET, FOREST LODGE


Three City of Sydney Councillors and more than 30 local

residents will be stagingwill join angry residents in stagin

staging the g a protest at the Orphan School Creek Gully,

Wood Street, Forest Lodge at 7.15am on Monday, 30 March

2009. 

The occupation of the this site has been ongoing for over a

week and police have had to physically remove protesters.


The week long occupation of the site, which has seen police physically remove

protesters, was sparked when At the final hour, the Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney,

Clover Moore, used her casting vote to bulldoze residents concerns along with their

native bushland.


The mayor’s decision has reneged on an approved DA for a large space of public land in

Forest Lodge near Glebe in Sydney and has lead to . She used her casting vote to ensure

earth moving work would start on the site. In so doing she has bulldozed residents

concerns and substituted trees with concrete. 

an extraordinary general meeting of Council being called at 1pm Monday. 


The issue will be the subject of an extraordinary general meeting of Council at 1pm

Monday and residents will demand an inquiry into the process. 



Located on the grounds of the former Camperdown children’s hospital, the Orphan

School Creek Gully has been ear-marked as native habitat for over 10 years. The DA of

August 2007 approved this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and promised a forest and

native bushland. Instead the council has jeopardised this vision by suddenly changing the

plans to include a 130 metre, concrete, zigzag path through its very heart.


According to young mother and community spokesperson, Michela Noonan: “We

demand an inquiry in this process."”


"“\

The Lord Mayor and IIndependent Tteam have been claiming green credentials and

saying they’ll support the native habitat plan, but now they want to carve it up with

concrete.”


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"“It seems the Mayor and the Council just ignores community’s concerns. Council never

showed anyone the plans with these massive changes. When we found out about it we

immediately contacted them. A meeting of council resolved to investigate the issue last

November but instead they just ignored us for three months and then started building the

path”. 


The Lord Mayor's Clover Moore’s decision to bulldoze the Wood Street site and then

not re-forest the area is againstflies in the face of what the Council’s commitment. the

DA promised. We had a whole forest of trees that were destroyed because we believed

we were getting something better. Now we are not getting that forest back”. 


“For years the Lord Mayor and Independent Team have been claiming green credentials

and saying they’ll support the native habitat plan, but now they want to carve it up with

concrete.”


“To not inform of us of these massive changes is terrible. Then to ignore our concerns is

a disgrace. I can’t help but feel they have totally lost touch with what the people want.

Are they only there to serve themselves and the developers?”


“We are deeply concerned about the sneaky politics being played by the Council and the

Mayor. They claim they are acting in the interests of people with disabilities but they

failed to ask disabled residents in the area,” said Ms Noonan.


Clover Moore has turned her propaganda machine against her own people, claiming we

oppose access for the disabled, which is just shameless and untrue.  The planned pathway

is pointless and poorly located, even for people with disabilities.,.” 


said, 



Anne Marie Howarth, a wheelchair user living opposite the site, is disappointed by the

actions of the Council. “The path is over 130m long, it is impractical for both wheelchair

users and people with trouble walking.”  

 

“It’s a simple matter of physics. I have addressed the council and the facts are not in

dispute. One look at the aerial photo of the path makes the extent of the impracticality

very obvious”.


“The Mayor is claiming that the path is about access for all, the disabled, the elderly, but

this is just media spin.”


“1000 neighbours in City Quarter could only access the path via a steep path with steps,

so that excludes wheelchair users and families with prams.” 


“I hope the Council will consult with disabled residents in future developments, so that

solutions aren’t merely legal, but also practical and usable.”

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Michela Noonan says “This pointless path will destroy the whole community’s ies’

enjoyment of a unique bushland and wildlife habitat. The whole intention of the DA has

been lost. We don’t want it. Why is the Council insisting we have it?”


The issue will be the subject of an extraordinary general meeting of Council today at 1pm

and residents will demand an inquiry into the process. 




Media Inquiries


Michela Noonan 0413 242 406 and

Anne Marie Howarth 0402 425 642


Background Information

Located on the grounds of the former Camperdown children’s hospital, the Orphan 

School Creek Gully has been ear-marked as native habitat for over 10 years. The DA of

August 2007 approved a forest and native bushland. Instead the council changed the

plans to include a 130 metre, concrete, zigzag path through its very heart.









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