Monthly Archives: July 2016
Transport and Traffic matters were again dominated this year by the WestConnex project.
The Glebe Society was also involved in opposing a series of changes proposed by IPART to the fares structure for NSW public transport, including a suggested increase of the daily fares for seniors from the current $2.50 a day maximum to $9 a day maximum.
Mangroves, local fruit and vegetable suppliers, community renewable energy, Johnstons Creek Parkland Masterplan and Council’s Draft Environmental Action plan, 2016–2021
Bidura, Affordable Housing, Legislative Changes, Councillor Robyn Kemmis, Progress of Developments and the National Trust
Over the last twelve months the Heritage Subcommittee has sought to improve the protection of Glebe’s heritage through providing information, working to improve understanding and through advocacy. including Bidura, Bridges, Anzac Centennary, Rearviews in the Bulletin, Old Maps for the Website and Other Conservation and Maintenance Matters
All members of the Society, and especially new members, are cordially invited to attend the Annual General Meeting of the Society at Glebe Town Hall, St Johns Rd Glebe on Sunday 28 August at 11am.
A very successful public meeting was held in Glebe Town Hall on 20 June. A panel of experts focused on providing information. They covered governance, transport, geology, health and the City of Sydney’s opposition to WestConnex.
The Society is continuing to push for the protection and adaptive re-use of the Glebe Island Bridge:
The controversial Bidura development proposal, including any amendments and heritage recommendations, will now be determined by the Land and Environment Court. Council will hold a meeting with the objectors, and because there are quite a few, that meeting will be held in Glebe Town Hall on Monday 8 August at 6pm
Members of The Glebe Society will have differing views about whether greyhound racing should be banned, but I think we can all agree about what should happen when the dogs leave Wentworth Park. Since at least 1878, Wentworth Park has been dedicated in perpetuity as ‘a park or place for public recreation’
The Heritage Subcommittee has considered many different options for celebrating and focussing attention on this aspect of our Victorian and Federation houses.
We have decided that the Glebe Society website offers the best medium for showing off the glorious colours and designs of some of Glebe’s beautiful leadlights. We envisage including on the website a selection of pictures of leadlight styles, mentioning the street, but without identifying the specific house pictured.
The Society has received a letter from Anna Playford, President of the Glebe Public School P&C asking for assistance with replacing playground equipment.
On 15 June, the Glebe Society made a further submission in relation to the Stage 1 DA for Bidura. One matter that was not dealt with by our original submission was the possible retention and adaptive reuse of the Remand Centre.
A very well attended public meeting unanimously passed a resolution calling on the State Government to immediately cease all work and all contract negotiations on WestConnex until the findings of the Australian National Audit Office which is now investigating the project are announced.
However on 9 June UrbanGrowth announced none of the proposals received for the renewal of the highly significant White Bay Power Station complied sufficiently with the Government’s evaluation criteria and that as a result, UrbanGrowth would itself become the master developer for the site.
I think UrbanGrowth has given up on the community process. However, I am still on a wait and see.