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Momentum grows in Sydney against State Government’s Parklands Exposure Bill

By DANIEL LO SURDO The NSW Government’s Greater Sydney Parklands Draft Exposure Bill has been largely opposed throughout the state, with public parkland representatives fearing that the approval of the Bill may result in over-commercialisation and development across the National Parks and Nature Reserves of the city.  The State has been seeking community feedback on […]

Council and community oppose state government plans to privatise Callan Park

By EVA BAXTER A new draft Bill from the state government has proposed a series of amendments to the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002. The Act disallows any private or commercial uses on the site. The Bill’s amendments to the Act include permitting 50 year potentially commercial leases in the heritage buildings, removing council […]

Callan Park dispute resounds regarding mound

By EVA BAXTER The Waterfront Green revitalisation is underway. This is the first stage of parkland upgrades for Callan Park funded by the NSW government planning to transition Callan Park into an iconic urban parkland comparable to other iconic parks across Sydney. Tyrrell Studios is the principal landscape architect responsible for designing the works at […]

One size fits all model for Sydney parklands draws criticism

By EVA BAXTER Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes released at the end of May a white paper for public consultation which proposes to legislate the Greater Sydney Parklands (GSP). GSP is a NSW government super agency established last year to oversee more than 6,000 hectares of parklands, Centennial Parklands (Centennial, Moore and […]

Communication fell with trees at Callan Park

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Residents were appalled and saddened to learn that on the 26th of February, 10 trees were felled at Callan Park’s Glover Street Oval for what the Inner West Council justifies as for “sports fields.” In their 2021 announcements, Inner West Council wrote online that 10 trees were removed from leased land “as […]

Callan park cash boost a “historic achievement”

By ALLISON HORE Callan Park advocates are celebrating the announcement of a further $4 million in funding for park upgrades which the NSW Government hope will transform the park into “one of the true jewels in Sydney’s crown.” The funding announcement comes as the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment released their final Callan […]

Callan Park’s convictions under consideration

By EVA BAXTER 2020 may be the beginning of the end for Callan Park as a shabby hub for artists and mental health services. The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) released a draft Landscape Structure Plan (LSP) in July announcing Callan Park’s potential as a large urban parkland comparable to other iconic […]

A park too far

By JOHN MOYLE The Berejiklian government’s creation of a new super body has been met with a mix of doubt and cautious optimism. Greater Sydney Parklands will oversee more than 6,000 hectares of public space across the Sydney Metropolitan area and will include Parramatta Park, Western Sydney Parklands, Centennial and Moore Park and Callan Park. […]

Historic walkout defers plebiscite demerger vote

BY JOAN HENSON A historic walkout of Inner West councillors has deferred a vote on whether a plebiscite should undo the council’s amalgamation. On Tuesday 26 March, Mayor Darcy Byrne used the first council agenda item to request a retraction and apology from two colleagues for alleged Facebook comments made last July. At the time of […]

Callan Park at breaking point

By Hall Greenland The future of Callan Park is back on the political map and is set to become a state election issue. Friends of Callan Park successfully lobbied MPs on Tuesday as the first step in a campaign to persuade the state government and state opposition to take immediate action. They held a short […]