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After more than three years of catastrophic planning by the NSW Government, Council is formally seeking an advisory role in developing the Planned Precincts, within the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor.
The decision comes after City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, sought greater Councillor representation in planning for the Precincts in Canterbury-Bankstown, which includes Canterbury, Campsie, Belmore and Lakemba.
"In June last year, the NSW Government announced their tragic plans, which involved the possibility of constructing 25-storey residential buildings in these local communities," Mayor Asfour said.
"What they proposed was preposterous and unsustainable, and they did this before any of the 15 Councillors, who actually live in the area, were elected - giving us no chance to advocate on behalf of our residents."
In October last year, Mayor Asfour wrote to the Minister for Planning seeking Councillors be formally recognised as a key advisory group, and that regular workshops be organised between Council and the Project Control Group.
Mayor Asfour said he was optimistic about the potential new arrangement.
"It’s a step in the right direction. We should have had a seat at the table from the very beginning, but it’s better late than never," Mayor Asfour said.
"I’ve never been opposed to progress or growth. In fact, I am the first to support renewal, but not when unrealistic targets are being forced upon us.
"Establishing this new group gives us an opportunity to help plan our City and accommodate properly for the expected growth in housing, residents and employment."
The Councillor Group will represent the community and provide input prior to the review and endorsement by the Project Control Group for the Planned Precincts.
"I’m hoping these meetings are designed to develop, challenge and refine the concerns and aspirations of the community," Mayor Asfour said.
The Councillor Group will also be pressuring the NSW Government to deliver on its obligations to identify project delivery, as well as funding mechanisms to cater for the anticipated housing and employment growth.
Furthermore, Council will engage with representatives from local organisations through the Sydenham to Bankstown Special Working Group, in addition to the Community Voice Panel - established to engage with our community on the future of Canterbury-Bankstown, along the corridor.
"With Council facing unprecedented levels of change across the City, as a result of major projects and strategies being driven by the NSW Government, it’s essential we have the opinions of community groups included," Mayor Asfour said.
"Over the next six months, this Working Group will meet to discuss their apprehensions and vision for the corridor, which will assist Councillors in making further representations to the NSW Government."
9/05/2018 1:41 PM