Princes Trust Development Glebe – Media Release

Media release
21 November 2019

Prince’s Trust Plan for Glebe Rejected

With homelessness up 13% and the waiting list for public housing blown out to 60,000, Hands off Glebe Inc is appalled by an agreement between NSW Land and Housing Corporation and Prince’s Trust Australia to build 75 affordable, social and private homes over two blocks next to Wentworth Park in Glebe.

The present buildings are on public land and are neither old nor in complete disrepair.  They already house people and housed even more before the NSW Government gradually cleared them out.

NSW Property Minister Melinda Pavey said the agreement will deliver new housing for the most vulnerable. Apparently, the Prince’s Trust is going to evict vulnerable people from the buildings in order to help other vulnerable people.  The result will be less public housing units than at present.

Cutting public housing and alienating public land in the midst of a housing crisis is a serious breach of the NSW Government’s responsibilities.

The Berejiklian Government claims that the Australian arm of a charity founded by the Prince of Wales aims to create a mixed-income community. However, the area is already mixed as the proposed development is close to Westend, a new development where penthouses are selling for $2 million.

It is clear that mixed-income development is really a code word for gentrification of our suburb or social cleansing.

Hands off Glebe Inc demands that the whole site remains dedicated entirely to the public housing which is so urgently needed.

 

 

Glebe Ferry Service – Yes we can! p4 Glebe Grapevine

By Jamie Parker MP

Excellent public transport is at the heart of a liveable city that is so-cially just and efficient. Instead of pushing an agenda of destructive and expensive tollways we have been pressing for more ferry ser-vices to reduce road congestion and pollution.

Along with thousands of residents, we are campaigning for new ferry stops for Glebe, Annandale and White Bay and the return of services to the West Balmain ferry wharf.

Over 5000 locals have already signed a petition in support of our plan and a feasibility study completed by my office shows the proposals will work.

Our city needs more publically owned public transport. I’ve already met with the Minister for Transport to present the case for new local ferry services and I’m confident these efforts are making an impact.

We’re pushing for a service that is compatible with the current Opal system to provide more direct routes into the city.

Even if we can win a trial service, I am sure it will be a success and can then be integrated into the wider fer-ry network. Watch this space.

 

 

 

The Bays Precinct – Planning Disaster pp 2-3 Glebe Grapevine July 2019

postcard against State Significant sites

By Cllr Jess Scully

I’ve only lived in Glebe for six years, and even in that short time, I’ve witnessed the confusion that surrounds the big plans for the Bays.

Many of you with longer memories than mine have masterplan fa-tigue: for 20+ years NSW Governments have stopped and started with plans for the Bays Precinct.

A 2014 report commissioned by the City of Sydney documents a long and checkered history, noting that “over the past 17 years there have been a myriad of strategic plans, policies and Master Plans developed for the Bays Precinct area which have set out various principles, ob-jectives and actions for the future redevelopment of the predominantly publicly-owned land.”

Five years later, there’s no sign of progress or greater clarity. Plans for the Sydney Fish Market – surely a crucial part of the Bays – are scheduled to be released before any masterplan. Community groups have been assured they’ll be released any day now.

Before the Fish Market is moved, or any other Bays projects devel-oped, we must call on the NSW Government to not start from scratch, but to go back through the masses of consultation for the Bays and to commit to the principles that have been repeatedly championed by the community: accessible open public space including sports fields, affordable housing, public transport options and pedestrian and cycle access, to be delivered using a holistic and strategic approach.

State Significant Precinct

As a “State Significant Precinct”, the Bays Precinct is subject to state planning controls, rather than Council oversight. This is part of a disturb-ing trend – more than 274 hectares of land in the City of Sydney alone have been carved out as State Significant Development (SSD).

The new NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, has spoken out against spot rezoning, saying “It’s no surprise that people get angry when things happen that they didn’t expect.” Swarms of SSD in our neighbourhoods are having the same impact: we must call on the Minis-ter to bring certainty back to the planning system and end the over-reliance on SSD.

Glebe, Ultimo and Pyrmont will soon come under siege by a number of major projects. In 2019, despite years of planning and masterplan-ning, there is no overarching vision, and these proposals fail to con-sider the cumulative impact of other state-led developments on our local area.

For over 15 years, the City has demonstrated our ability to plan, coor-dinate and assess large-scale development to balance growth and the amenity of residents. And what we see now is the gradual, but unmis-

takable, erosion of our role and planning responsibilities as a local government authority. It is deeply disappointing that residents can’t have the City of Sydney and our expert Central Sydney Planning Committee reviewing these large-scale developments on their behalf.

To echo the sentiments of Lord Mayor Clover Moore “We must work with our community to demand that the NSW planning system is over-hauled and reformed, that transparency and consistency are reintro-duced as guiding principles, that the same rules apply to all and for an end to the rampant overdevelopment that has been allowed un-checked.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO

Please write to the NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, Rob Stokes, and the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian calling for an end to State Significant Precincts and State Significant Devel-opments so that planning controls may be returned to local over-sight.

They can be contacted at the NSW Government Minister website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/your-government/ministers/ or

The Hon. G. Berejiklian, MP GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001

The Hon. Rob Stokes, MP GPO Box 5341 Sydney NSW 2001

 

Should you have any other con-cerns or ideas for improving our community, please reach out to me at jscully@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Glebe Grapevine July 2019 – Page 1 on homelessness

Lord Mayors plan action on homelessness

We need the Federal and State/Territory Governments to take real action by increasing funding for social and affordable housing, particu-larly in inner cities,” Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said at the meeting of the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors in Brisbane on 10 July.

“We need to work together to reduce the number of people experienc-ing homelessness and housing stress in cities across Australia. As Mayors we want to work together with State and Federal Govern-ments to create a national homelessness strategy. The summit will help fast-track our efforts and bring national attention to the homeless-ness we’re seeing far too often on the streets of our major cities,” said Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp.

Lord Mayors resolved to organise and host a na-tional homelessness summit in the next few months to bring together decision makers from all levels of government to address this growing is-sue.

The summit would seek agreement to create a national homelessness and housing strategy to take urgent action to address the homelessness and affordable housing crisis in Australia’s cities.

April 2019 Grapevine – Waterloo model

A better way for Waterloo

The Grapevine enthusiastically supports the Sydney City Council (SCC) alternative proposal for redevelopment of the Waterloo public housing estate. The Council model is a great improvement on the Cowper Street development.

The Government wants to triple the number of apartments on the site at a scale we have not seen before – from 2,012 to 6,800 in towers up to 40 storeys. On the adjoining metro site, they are proposing another 700 homes and towers of 25, 27 and 29 storeys.

The Council plan is for 50% public housing, 20% affordable and 30% private. This compares with the Government’s pitiful proposal of 35% social and affordable housing.

The SCC proposal ensures residents will have access to a community centre and a 2.2 hectare park, drenched in sunshine for most of the day, every day. The park would be surrounded by shops and cafes, the metro station and streets.

The Waterloo Housing Estate is on public land and Sydney Council is demanding that the land be used for public good and that the State retains public ownership of the land rather than selling it off to the highest bidder.

Council is also calling for planning authority of the site to be returned to the City, allowing consultation with residents to ensure any redevelopment responds to community needs.

More details at: www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/vision/changing-urban-precincts/waterloo-precinct

 

April 2019 Grapevine – Is Glebe Pt Rd dying?

A Renewed Focus on Glebe Point Road

Is Glebe Point Road slowly dying? – Walk its length and you will see over 15% of all shops are closed. The impact of Broadway Shopping Centre, Tramsheds, and the yet to open relocated Fish Markets will only accelerate this demise without community focus and action.

Glebe has been recognised for its vibrant and diverse culture. Without a buzzing and healthy Glebe Point Road, we are at risk of losing the heart and vitality within our community.

There doesn’t seem to be enough currently being done to address this downward trend. The annual Glebe Street Fair has vanished. Excellent positive initiatives such as the recent Vegan Day Out in Glebe are few and far between.

Glebe has a wonderful diversity of residents with incredible skill sets. We are all busy juggling our lives, but if you have ideas and skills that could contribute to driving our community and Glebe Point Road forwards, perhaps it’s time to step up and do something about it.

If you have ideas, get in touch with us.  Lets come together to create something exciting.

April 2019 Grapevine – Fish Market

 

Fish Statue in Ulladulla NSW

More on the fish markets

Hands off Glebe Inc held an information evening on 13 February about the fish market development. Over 70 people attended and discussed the many community concerns. UrbanGrowth NSW then sent Hands off Glebe a letter responding to some of these issues (see pages 2 & 3). Unfortunately the letter does not answer many of our concerns about traffic congestion, Wentworth Park, noise, contamination of the bay and more.

Curious

The letter from UrbanGrowth NSW includes replies to “masterplan questions from Hands off Glebe”. But the “questions” are in fact community views that came out of a survey. The survey results were sent to UrbanGrowth on three occasions but they denied ever receiving them. Now UrbanGrowth has apparently got the survey results but has turned our views into “questions”. Very curious.

If you want a copy of the survey results, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

UrbanGrowth NSW replies to community concerns about the fish markets

UrbanGrowth NSW wrote to Hands off Glebe with the following comments on the issues raised at our public meeting. Below we publish extracts from this letter.  If you would like a full copy of the letter, email us at glebegrapevine@gmail.com

Wentworth Park

There will be no development on Wentworth Park or impact on the existing Fig trees. Wentworth Park will remain as public open space managed by the City of Sydney.

Visual connections between the park and Blackwattle Bay will also be improved at the Bridge Road intersections of Wentworth Park Road and Wattle Street so you can see the water which is currently blocked by industrial structures.

Bridge Road and traffic

The traffic lanes on Bridge Road will be widened to current standards and will accommodate drop off zones. A new footpath, which will be approximately 12 metres wide on the same side as the fish market, will include shared cycle lanes and provide safer access for pedestrians.

The new market will have greater light rail access with three stations within 400 m, as well as a ferry service. We are working with government and a range of stakeholders on a precinct-wide parking and transport mobility strategy for the future, which includes improved bus services.

Contamination

There will be no dredging, instead a piling method with a cofferdam and silt curtains will be used. Piling is preferred over dredging in most Sydney Harbour projects to minimise interface risks associated with existing pollutants. It is successfully used for most wharf structures in Sydney Harbour.

Relocating the Fish Market

The NSW Government’s vision is to create an authentic, rejuvenated fish market on Sydney’s inner harbour that will be dynamic, sustainable, and sympathetic to the local area. This vision has been informed by the community’s aspirations and feedback from the extensive public consultation that UrbanGrowth NSW has undertaken since 2014.

Glebe Grapevine comments:

The Glebe Grapevine does not think that the UrbanGrowth responses adequately answer the many community concerns about the fish market development.

We recommend that readers go to Issue 1 of 2019 of the Glebe Society newsletter which has an excellent article on the fish market by Lesley Lynch.

Go to www.glebesociety.org.au/publications/bulletin to access the article.

Glebe Grapevine January 2019

 

 

January 2019

Happy New Year!

The Glebe Grapevine sends its best wishes to all our readers and supporters for a healthy and happy 2019.
We look forward to another year campaigning with you for the interests of our community.

Can you spare a minute …

The NSW Government is selling off public housing stock and transferring other homes to community housing providers – without tenants having any choice – at an alarming rate.

Have you heard of any plans or rumours of more sales and/or transfers?

If you have, please contact the Grapevine (details below) and let us know.

We will let the community know about these developments and try to develop campaigns to protect and expand public housing and to encourage the NSW Government to adopt policies which prioritise decent housing for all members of our community, protection of heritage, ending over development, and providing public transport and green space.

 

Some questions about the fish markets proposal

In late November last year the NSW Government unveiled its plans for the new fish markets located on a 3.6 hectare precinct in Blackwattle Bay on Bridge Road in Glebe and planned to open in 2023.

However, there are many outstanding matters of concern. Readers might contact the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Anthony Roberts, the NSW Minister for Planning and ask them the questions below.

If you get answers please let us know so the Grapevine can share the information across our community.

Funding

The original cost of $250 million for the development is widely expected to increase significantly. How is the government going to pay for this?

Traffic congestion

With an expected 6 million visitors a year, what is being done to mitigate the potential traffic and parking congestion in the area? Where will the increased number of tourist buses park? What steps are being taken to mitigate traffic heading to and from Westconnex?

Housing

The high rise development of up to 2760 new apartments (much larger than Harold Park) on the old site had been excised from any consultation. Why? What are the numbers and types of dwellings for this small sliver of land?  What will the numbers of a) private b) affordable and c) social housing be?  What extra infrastructure will be available for schools, hospitals, parkland and other services?

Retail space

How will the government deal with increased traffic and parking pressures as a result of the planned 3,000 square metres of extra retail space?

Noise

There are concerns about the noise impacts in the area.. What noise abatement plans, if any, does the government have? How will the distraction of shopping, cafes, etc right next to Glebe Secondary College be dealt with?

Contamination

The development will extend over 140m over the water. This will require dredging and other construction work in Blackwattle Bay which is heavily contaminated. How will the government deal with these pollution issues?

What impact will pylons 140 metres out into the bay have on: tidal flows? Will rubbish collect under the markets?  What is to stop a stagnant area created under the markets becoming a pollutant?

Parkland

The proposed building will fill most of the waterfront along Bridge Road between the Wentworth Road and Wattle Street inter-sections, leaving a small plaza at the eastern end.

At 4 storeys high (about as high as the fig trees across the road), it will almost completely eliminate any visual connection between Wentworth Park and Blackwattle Bay. Is this an acceptable sacrifice for residents and park users?

Local MP Jamie Parker comments:

“The details of the new fish market development … are designed to deliver public waterfront land to property developers at the expense of our local community….

The much-needed renewal of Sydney’s waterfront must not come at the price of community access to publicly owned waterfront land or the liveability of our city.”

 

 

 

You are invited to an

INFORMATION EVENING

Answering your questions about the Fish Market plans

Wednesday 13 February

84 Glebe Point Road

6pm

Speakers have been invited from the ALP, the Greens and the community

 

The Night Economy

Plans are well under way for Glebe Point Road to become a special area for the city’s night economy.

The plans mean Broadway can become a special zone with 24 hour trading and businesses in Glebe Point Road from Broadway down to about the Ancient Briton will have the right to open from 7am till 2 am.

You can see the plans in the Glebe Library.

The community should have a view about such a major change in trading hours. Send your ideas to Council — but be quick!  Submissions close on February 8. Contact Julie Prentice Specialist Planner on 9265 9333 or at jprentice@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.  Ms Prentice will accept late submissions if individuals ask her for more time.

Visit: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/your-say/sydneys-late-night-trading-draft-planning-controls

Glebe Grapevine Sept 2018

We need a genuine strategic vision
for the Bays Precinct

 

By Jamie Parker MP

In 2015 the government released their ‘Transformation Plan’ for the Bays Precinct which promised to turn the area into a bustling hub of enterprise, activity and beautiful spaces. But rather than transformation, we’re now seeing a list of ad hoc developments that are being pushed independently without any consideration of their cumulative impact on our community and wider Sydney.

In the last year, the government has announced plans to turn sections of White Bay into a massive construction site and dumping ground for their Western Harbour Tunnel. There is also a plan in place to ramp up industrial activities on Glebe Island with a new multi-user facility and the relocation of the Hanson Cement batching facility from the current site at Bridge Street. Some of these new facilities will operate 24/7 with associated noise, air pollution and truck movements.

What we don’t have yet is an idea of the cumulative impact that all these various proposals will have on our roads, air and waterways.

We need a genuine strategic vision for the Bays Precinct that prioritises public transport, green space and employment, rather than more short-sighted schemes that will only impact the liveability of our suburbs.

 

What will be the cumulative impact of all these proposals?

KEY

  1. The new Fish Markets – a 3 story building that protrudes into the bay further than the existing wharf. Construction starts 2020.
  2. Mixed use (residential and commercial) develop-ment, including 2760 apartments. Construction starts 2020.
  3. Multi-use facility at Glebe Island 24 hour, 7 days a week bringing building materials into Sydney by sea. Construction starts 2020.
  4. Hanson Concrete batching facility. To move to Glebe Island in 2020.
  5. 3 smoke stacks. Each WestConnex tunnel smoke stack will be 35 metres tall. The smoke will be unfiltered. A green space is currently under construction adjacent to the proposed smoke stack location.
  6. Sydney Metro West. Construction commences 2022. Underground.
  7. Western Harbour Tunnel. Construction commences 2020/21 and due to open in 2025/26. Underground.
  8. WestConnex tunnel exit. Tunnelling planned to commence 2019 and cease 2021.
  9. WestConnex M4-M5 Rozelle Interchange. Tunnelling planned to commence 2020 and cease 2022. Interchange due open in 2023. Underground.
  10. White Bay Power Station renewal. Details of ‘renewal’ are not available to the public. ‘Renewal’ commences in 2020.
  11. Rozelle Bay. Rozelle Bay is included in the Bays West project. Future status of this site is currently unavailable to the public.
  12. Wentworth Park. The park has been integrated into the Bays Market District development to falsely meet the ‘green space quota’. Integrating Wentworth Park in the Bays Market District’ begins 2020. Details of what this means is not available to the public.
  13. White Bay. White Bay is included in the Bays West project. Part of White Bay will be utilised as a car park and heavy vehicle marshalling area during the construction of the WestConnex tunnel. The future of this site is currently unavailable to the public.

Get active!

Don’t allow this attack on our community and our environment to go ahead. Join Hands off Glebe Inc and join the fight back.

Our next meeting will be held at the Old Fire Station in Mitchell Street at 6pm on Wednesday 17 October. You are warmly invited to attend.

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The “Build to Rent” Con

The NSW Government plan to hand over to a developer, free of charge, public land at 600 Elizabeth Street, Redfern must be stopped. Social Housing Minister Pru Goward claims this is a great development but it is con.

The “Build to Rent” model gives a lease, with no charge and no land tax/  This new version of using public land to enrich private developers is expected to produce 400 to 500 dwellings. Of these 70 per cent will be earmarked for renters at market prices and 30 per cent will be social and affordable housing.

The developer will benefit from the profits made from rents, can borrow against the property and extend the lease under a different government in 2058. What benefit does the public get?

The government says all land and dwellings will be returned to the NSW community after the lease expires. But even if the property is actually handed back after 40 years it will be in need of repair and ready for demolition.

Keep public land for public housing!

The Grapevine calls on the government to shoulder its response-bilities and to spend some of the billions it gets from land tax and stamp duty to build public housing on this public land – no private developments for private profit.

The “market” should no longer be allowed to determine the availability of shelter for our people — the common good is superior to the right of private property.

SIGN OUR PETITION

Please go to change.org public lands in public hands and sign