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Why WestConnex and proposed MetroLink for Bankstown lines are big mistakes! No transparency, not going to fulfill promises of reducing traffic congestion, or, carry more people to where they want to go. Budget blow outs. Safety concerns. Fewer jobs. 12 months without a railway. Who benefits? Developers.
Mehreen Faruqi MLC, Janice Hall Canterbury Greens, David Shoebridge MLC, Jim Casey Greens Candidate for Grayndler, Brent Heber Greens Candidate Barton, Katherine Calman Community Speaker WestConnex, Alex Claassons Bus & Train Union were giving us vital information and arguing for a whole of Sydney solution. A solution that is transparent, costed, sustainable and in the community interest, not developers. Green supporters were not the only ones impressed. People are disappointed with their current political representatives.


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Col Hesse interview. The message was clear from Tim Williams from the Committee for Sydney on Radio Skid Row 88.9 FM this morning: the discussion around how we live in Sydney requires that the business case for WestConnex must be released before the State Government lets the contracts. Tim Williams observed that the debate on Sydney’s planning is moving quickly, and that easy access to federal road funding may be about to disappear, thus making is more difficult to build poorly planned roads.
Planning is a big issue too in Canterbury, and Greens Councilor Linda Eisler expressed great concern that plans by the State Government to massively increase density in the Canterbury LGA have not been consulted with the community. Clr Eisler was also concerned that Council was ingnoring resident concerns about development and the absence of much needed infrastructure to support increased density, including public transport, schools, healthcare and open space. There’s a public meeting in Earlwood this Sunday to discuss how respond to these challenges.

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Cooks River Day Out at Gough Whitlam Park Earlwood. What a fabulous day! All the important environmental groups were there from CRVA; Mudcrabs; Wolli Creek Preservation Society; Cooks River Alliance. Taronga Zoo; Travel Bugs; Support for Container Deposit Legislation groups were there too. Also the Titans were there in support providing a fabulous bbq! Cr Eisler’s favourite was the echidna.

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From the Canterbury Bankstown Express 14th April 2015:

By Chris Georgakopoulous

HIGHRISE apartments will help Canterbury accommodate more than 35,000 people over the next two decades.

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

Highrise apartments have been approved for parts of the Canterbury LGA

The council has approved about 50 development applications for highrise apartments for Canterbury town centre and the Canterbury Rd corridor since 2014.

Those developments will mean the council meets its target of an extra 25,000 people by 2031 set out by the Metropolitan Strategy.

But in Padstow, residents are fighting a proposal by Bankstown Council to rezone 30 streets for developments of three to eight storeys.  Some residents say it would destroy the village feel of the suburb.

Greens councillor Linda Eisler said the area needed funding invested into public transport to cope with the population boom.

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

Canterbury Councillor East Ward Linda Eisler in front of a block of land on the cnr of Bamboo Ave and Undercliffe Rd , Earlwood

“I believe we need to build more public transport so we can get less cars on the road,” Cr Eisler said.


“I think we need to work with the community on this to make sure there is enough green space as well.

“It’s great to have accommodation but keeping apartments ­affordable is also very important. ”The council and the Roads and Maritime Services need to do a traffic study to ease further congestion on Canterbury Rd.

Canterbury Council general manager Jim Montague said more than 10,000 dwellings were needed to meet targets.


“By 2026 there will be approximately 26,650 more people living in (Canterbury) than in 2011, which implies there will be a need for an additional 10,950 dwellings,” he said.

The targets are based on approved DAs since 2011.

Developers have up to five years to act on a development application after receiving approval.

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Residents believe that Canterbury Council needs to rethink their plans for Canterbury Bowling Club in Close St Canterbury. They claim plans for thousands of new apartments on the site is gross overdevelopment and unnecessary.

They believe the site would be better suited to community gardens; child care centre; community centre; green space. 18th January 2015 143

Cr Linda Eisler attended today’s meeting and offered her support to their opposition to any sell off.18th January 2015 134 18th January 2015 137 18th January 2015 141

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