Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The future of the Harold Park site

What are the most important issues that Council should be considering when planning for the renewal of the site?
It is essential that there is no corruption. That the decision is made transparently. The pressure from the Paceway to be compensated for $760m is laughable. They themselves agree that within 5 years they will have no patronage from the public. The area is a valueable geographic area that traces old creeks from Grosse Farm on Petersham Hill down to its entry in the harbour. This should be paramount in the redesign.

How can the Harold Park Site be used, and how can its renewal positively contribute to life in the local area and wider Sydney?
Revert the land as much as possible back to its original shape. Reforest and regrass. The land should be turned over mostly to passive recreation use: no ovals, no apartment blocks, no shopping centres, no parking lots. There could be an amphitheatre serviced by the trams and ferries for the performance of music and drama. There should be an extension of the lite rail over to White Bay and along Wigram Road to Booth Street then Johnson Street. This should be combined with public ferry routes to Glebe Point and The Crescent. The tram sheds should be restored as a historical museum to the working class of early Sydney (1788 - 1939). This should be done by the people from the Loftus Tramway Museum. There should be no apartments built because this would only be afforded by the well-heeled and that is not the heritage of the area.

The Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy and the State Government's Draft Subregional Strategies set out some objectives in relation to housing, transport, the environment, community and culture. How do you think the renewal of Harold Park can contribute to these objectives and to Sydney becoming more "Green, Global and Connected"?

Waterfront housing only brings out the greed in us, so it is to be avoided at all costs. Extending the lite rail and the ferries is a green alternative to the car.
Reverting the land to its original shape and reafforesting it is environmentally friendly in the long term. The local community retains a valueable greensward and passive recreation area that slopes down to the harbour. The amphitheatre and the Working Man's Museum pay deference to the culture of the area.

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