ACT NOW TO SAVE CURRAWONG!
Don't let this precious jewel of Pittwater be subdivided and developed for a few rich people, another slice of history and nature pulped for profit. If you believe that Currawong should instead be acquired by the State and added to the National Park, you need to act now.
Many of you would have been following the sad Currawong story for years, but I'll repeat the main details for those who aren't in the picture.
History &skip if you know the background.
Currawong is the 20 ha site nestled between Mackerel Beach and the Basin. Pittwater laps on its beach and it is surrounded by Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. It is an accident of history that it became private land, which in 1949 was bought by Unions NSW to celebrate the winning of the 40 hour working week by providing cabins for an affordable holiday in an idyllic location.
Fast forward Unions NSW no longer felt it was part of their role to provide members with cheap holidays and eventually sold it to developers, Eco Villages, in February 2007. $1 million deposit was paid and the remaining $14 million was to be settled in December 2007. When they did not complete the sale, Unions NSW gave them a six month extension. There have been various odd things about the process such as the NSW Gov offering $11.3 million to buy it, but then withdrawing the offer.
The Heritage Council of
New South Wales says the entire Currawong site should be listed and that
it meets an exceptionally high five out of seven of the criteria
required for listing. An item need only meet one to be successfully
What is happening now?
The Eco Villages proposal
for 24 new homes at Currawong, plus the refurbishment of the eight
cabins, is now on exhibition at Pittwater Council or on the NSW
Department of Planning website
How you can help
Planning Minister Frank Sartor has appointed a Ministerial Panel to provide advice on the recommendation by the Heritage Council for the listing of the Currawong site.
make a submission -
in writing or in person - to the Minister
of Planning's panel which is holding a public hearing beginning on
Wednesday 4 June 2008 at Mona Vale Surf Lifesaving Club, Mona Vale
It is open to the public.
To make a submission and/ or speak to the panel:
· Email submissions to the Currawong Ministerial Panel. firstname.lastname@example.org
· Call Paula Poon at the Secretariat on 9228 6516 by the 23rd May 2008 to book a time for a presentation.
· Send a copy of your submission in writing to: Director, Strategic Assessments, Department of Planning, GPO Box 39 Sydney NSW 2001.
3. Talk to others and get them to also act.
4. To be involved in an ongoing way or to get more information, contact Jenny Cullen on 9997 8536 or email@example.com
Some Points to include:
· risks to sensitive ecology at Currawong, the adjacent Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and local waterways.
As offshore residents, we know firsthand that no matter how hard we humans try, we're still bad news for the natural environment and the many other creatures who once lived around here. We know about the problems of bushfire, water supply, wastewater, weeds, vehicle use, declining native flora and fauna, building and commuting offshore.
Don't stand by while this marvellous opportunity becomes a tragic alienation of the Pittwater landscape!
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