Parkland not for private groups

Parry Park in Lakemba (top) will be transformed into a major recreation destination and sports hub (above).

Story appeared in: Torch | January 3rd, 2018

TWO Canterbury Bankstown councillors have questioned why the United Muslim Association's proposal for a "community hall and youth centre" on Lakemba's Parry Park, has not been included on a new master plan.
Canterbury Bankstown Council has a draft master plan for Parry Park on public exhibition for comment until Tuesday, February 27.
Mayor Khal Asfour said Lakemba was long overdue for a highly accessible and functional open space precinct for the 30,000 community members who would be using the area, and encouraged community feedback. He said the park had the potential to become a major recreation destination and sports hub.
However, Deputy Mayor Nadia Saleh and Roselands Ward councillor Mohammad Huda pointed out at the last meeting of council that a previous proposal to locate the United Muslim Association at the park was not part of the current plan. The former Canterbury council had identified the south-western corner of the park as a suitable location for the UMA's hall in 2014.
Cr Saleh says she is looking forward to seeing the feedback from the community to guide her decision when it comes back to the council. Cr Huda said he also supported the masterplan for the site.
"The development of a plan will ensure there is a coordinated approach that aims to meet the needs of all groups now and (into) the future," he said.
Cr Linda Eisler says Canterbury Bankstown has limited green space and any facilities in parks should be council owned and run for the whole community.
"In my opinion private groups, whether community run or private, should first look to acquire their own land before asking council to hand over scarce and valuable parklands for nothing," she said.
The draft master plan can be viewed at, Council's customer services centres and libraries.

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