Land grab ridiculed

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | October 11th, 2017

A REZONING proposal for Marrickville could transform the Carrington Road precinct into "Wolli Creek on steroids" and mean the loss of industrial land supporting 223 businesses and 1,800 jobs.
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said the proposal by multinational developer Mirvac would destroy the creative and industrial precinct.
"The scale of this overdevelopment is enormous," he said.
"It would allow for approximately 2,600 new residential units in buildings of up to 35 storeys."
Inner West Council has written to Mirvac stating that the proposal is unacceptable.
"It is crucial that we protect and retain key industrial land and promote creative industries. This proposal does exactly the opposite," Mayor Byrne said.
"The ridiculous scale of this development shows what the Government's Sydenham to Bankstown strategy is really about - giving developers the green light while destroying existing suburbs and industries."
State Labor MP for Summer Hill, Jo Haylen, is also highly critical of the proposal.
"The Marrickville community will not stand by and see Mirvac turn Carrington Road into Wolli Creek on steroids," Ms Haylen said.
"The proposed heights are just absurd and the only benefit would be to developers' pockets. Building more multi-million dollar apartments does nothing to fix our housing affordability crisis and the mass rezoning of our suburbs will see a loss of industrial and creative spaces, and key jobs along with them.
"We need more open space and critical investment in schools, child-care centres, hospitals and parks."
The council will host a public meeting about the proposal at Marrickville Town Hall next Thursday, October 19, at 7.30pm. Ms Haylen and Federal Labor MP for Grayndler, Anthony Albanese, will be attendance.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 131872 | Viewcount: 11131