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Submissions opposing the Marrickville Metro expansion were due by 27th August, but I am pleased to say a 2-week extension has been granted by the NSW Department of Planning. Marrickville Council initially requested an extension of 30 days to allow the community 2 months to campaign against the Metro expansion.
The deadline for submissions is now Friday 10th September 2010.
Their e-mail is – Plan_comment@planning.nsw.gov.au It is called – Major Project – MP_0191 – 34 Victoria Road Marrickville.
To read about the issues & the potential loss of 142 healthy trees – http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2010/08/15/marrickville-metro-expansion/
This week I counted the following trees around the current Marrickville Metro & the block where they intend to expand.
67 Fig trees, 9 Brush Box trees, 3 Camphor laurel trees, 8 Eucalypts, 4 Palm trees, 1 Canary Island Palm, 2 Melaleuca trees, 8 Bottlebrush trees, 4 Peppercorn trees, 10 Wattle trees & 26 unidentified species of trees.
TOTAL POTENTIAL TREE LOSS = 142 trees
There are another 24 medium trees on site that may be included in the development bringing the potential total tree loss to 166 trees.
AMP Capital say the Fig trees only have an average 5-15 years left to live. In ideal conditions, Figs live 150-200 years. Although these trees are not in ideal conditions they are very healthy. To replace the trees they plan to plant 28 Eucalyptus paniculata (Grey Ironbark) along Murray Street & low level accent, grass & groundcovers “to ensure that general safety, sightlines & CPTED principals are maintained.” – meaning all signs & the building will be very visible as if the height of the new buildings is not enough.
I think losing these trees will be a huge loss for the community, for air quality, for beauty of the area & for urban wildlife. Currently most of Marrickville Metro is hidden behind large beautiful, healthy trees. I cannot imagine the area without them. Most of these trees are mature & took decades to grow.
The Metro expansion will also result in a 65-68% increase in traffic from an estimated extra 4 million customers a year. It will destroy our local shopping strips & remove much of the individual kind of shop that make the Inner West unique.
I asked a taxi driver standing outside Metro what he thought, thinking he would be for the expansion as it would bring him more business. He replied, “It will kill the local shops in Marrickville, Enmore & Newtown. I don’t think it will be good for us.”
AMP Capital also want to purchase Smidmore Street from Marrickville Council. I think there is a big chance that Council will sell Smidmore Street to help with their financial situation. In last Wednesday’s Sydney Morning Herald –
Council sources said a figure of $8 million has been discussed for the purchase of Smidmore Street, along the shopping centre’s southern boundary, but that no formal offer has yet been made. Several councillors told the Herald the council is united in refusing to sell Smidmore Street ”on principle”, but would not comment on whether that position would change if the project gained approval. http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/mall-goes-a-street-too-far-opponents-say-20100811-11zqg.html
In return for traffic gridlocked streets, parking problems, much more noise, air pollution, visual pollution & the potential loss of at least 142 beautiful trees, AMP Capital will give us many more shops like we can get at close-by Roselands, Eastgardens or Broadway shopping malls. They are also offering a small library & a community education board.
We already have a number of fabulous & free-to-use libraries courtesy of Marrickville Council & a public education board is nothing to get excited about.
The expansion to double the size of the current Metro makes me wonder where the customers are going to come from. Around 2-3 years ago, all the shops in Metro were required to do a specific renovation as part of sprucing up Metro & their rents were raised. A number of shops were struggling to meet this cost & some moved out to set up shop elsewhere. Since then, there have always been vacant shops in Marrickville Metro.
I am of the belief that AMP Capital would not be investing millions to do the expansion if they weren’t absolutely sure they will make bucket-loads of money.
Right now the area is classified as a village, but if the expansion goes ahead, the Department of Planning may be within their rights to reclassify the area as a ‘Town Centre’ simply because of the size of Marrickville Metro. This will mean that development in the league of Bondi Junction & Hurstville will be allowed.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see the industrial-zoned areas around Metro being rezoned residential. Once that is done, a ‘unit city’ can be built very close to Metro. Then, to cope with the massive increase in traffic, the M6, an arterial road that is planned for Edgeware Road may one day be built. Edgeware Road is already often bumper-to-bumper. The Marrickville Transport Action Group say – Cardigan St, Edgeware Rd, Liberty St & Kingston Rd are key to the F6 plan.
Who knows if my theories have any weight, but it does make more sense as to why such a huge shopping mall is being planned when there are not enough current customers & it constantly has a number of empty shops.
The proposed Metro expansion is going to have a massive impact on Marrickville & surrounding suburbs in terms of traffic & pollution. To my mind, it is not just an issue for residents who live nearby & shop owners, although it is an appalling prospect for them. The expansion is an issue that will affect many of us because:
- it will choke many of the roads that are at capacity now
- it will likely weaken our shopping strips reducing choice & this often negatively affects variety of products & price
- it will reduce competition
- it will bring more 19-metre long semi-trailers to our narrow suburban streets &
- it will take away the community feeling that shopping strips help create, because these are public spaces where we retain all our rights as citizens, whereas shopping malls are private spaces under the control of developers/corporations.
Unless the community come out in great numbers & say they do not want the Metro expansion, it will happen.
If you are against any aspect of the planned expansion, please send in a submission to the Department of Planning by Friday 27th August 2010. Their e-mail is – Plan_comment@planning.nsw.gov.au
It is called Major Project – MP_0191 – 34 Victoria Road Marrickville. If you would like a draft submission please send me an e-mail.
Community group Metro Watch are having a public meeting -
- this Thursday 12th August 2010
- Herbert Greedy Hall 79 Petersham Road Marrickville.
The plans for the massive expansion of Marrickville Metro are now on public exhibition & will be presented. There will be a range of guest speakers – Marrickville Mayor Sam Iskandar, Federal Greens Candidate for Grayndler Sam Byrne, some Marrickville Councillors, some local business owners & the Metro Watch secretary.
- this Saturday 14th August 2010
- Gather at the BBQ spot Enmore Park at the corner of Black Street & Victoria Road Marrickville
After a 15-minute update, the group will walk together 100 metres to Marrickville Metro to attend a community consultation session held by the AMP project team & Elton Consulting.
Resident action group Metro Watch say they have communicated with over 1,000 local residents. Almost everyone was under the misconception that Marrickville Metro Shopping Centre was undergoing ’revitalization’ & that revitalization meant a cosmetic face-lift of Marrickville Metro.
AMP Capital is planning everything but a cosmetic facelift. More than 4 million extra shoppers & a 65-68% increase in traffic is not a cosmetic facelift. Nor is the removal of more than 100 trees, (how much over 100 trees is not known as yet), many of them big, beautiful substantial trees.
The community has this perception because the term ‘revitalization’ is used in all of AMP’s community newsletters. Oh the power of words.
Please come to both these community meetings. Children are welcome.
The deadline for submissions to the Department of Planning is Friday 27th August 2010. I will be writing more about this development & will write a draft submission that I can e-mail to you for you to change as you like.
We do not stand a chance against this corporate giant unless the community joins with Marrickville Council, Marrickville Councillors & local shop owners in our shopping strips that are saying a loud “NO!” to this development. We also need to help the people who live in the 11,430 homes within 1km from Marrickville Metro. They will be the worst affected, but traffic problems tend to spiral outward, especially now that the new IKEA in Tempe is just around the corner and more massive high-rise housing development is planned.
To read past posts about the proposed development – http://savingourtrees.wordpress.com/2010/05/16/marrickville-metro-expansion-the-trees/
An old Port Jackson Fig (ficus rubiginosa) near the rocket play area in Enmore Park Enmore is up for removal. We went to have a look today. The Fig has a cavity in the trunk where it meets the soil. It would make a perfect home for a small animal in a forest location.
Marrickville Council employed a consulting Arborist, who performed a Resistograph. This test uses a ‘smart drill’ to record timber density, which can then be graphed onto a scale model showing how much hard wood is left in the
trunk. Unfortunately 70% of the base of this particular tree has decayed. The hollow has also travelled 67% up the stem of the tree. Both factors make it a high risk of falling, particularly if placed under stress like high winds.
The report does say the tree can be pruned to remove weight, but says the tree would have to be topped with the side branches lopped & kept in this condition. Therefore, it would never regain a full tree shape again. Erecting a fence around the tree to protect the public was also an option. Neither of these actually would improve the look of the tree & amenity of the park, so the advice is to remove the tree.
Marrickville Council intends to replace the tree with an advanced Port Jackson Fig at the same location.
I am pleased Marrickville Council made the Tree Report freely available to the public with the Notice of Removal. The Notice of Removal on the tree had clear information about the reasons for removal. Unfortunately, they nailed the signs to the tree, which is a bugbear of mine. Council recently started using tape to secure the notices on the trees, but has returned to old habits.
All in all, the information provided to the community is thorough & I thank Council for this. At the very least, it helps people like myself understand why this tree needs to be removed. The Tree Report was also written in a way that was easily understandable & was in itself, a great learning resource.
The period for submissions is only 2 weeks & closes Friday 7th May 2010. SoT will not be putting in a submission.
Update – IKEA Fig trees – I have been on the search for information about the Post Jackson Fig & the 2-3 massive Hills Figs on the grounds of the new IKEA development, Princes Highway Tempe. As this was a DA, Parks & Gardens did not know what has or is intended for these trees. They gave me the contact details for an officer in Planning who told me that the only tree which was referred to in the DA requirements was the Morton Bay Fig tree. This tree is to be relocated outside the staff recreation room. This explains why the tree is sitting perched up on the original soil with the surrounding areas outside the tree line excavated.
As to what happened to the 2 or 3 massive Hill’s Figs, no one knows. I would presume they fell victim to the chainsaw, which makes me very sad. Judging by the amount of birds that roost in the 2 Mackey Park Hills Figs, these trees would have also been the homes for thousands of birds. Now, they are most likely lost to concrete & bricks & mortar. I guess it depends on one’s priorities, but I don’t think trees feature highly in development. Trees get in the way. It’s as simple as that.
I will try to contact Marrickville Council’s heritage expert to see if I can find out more about these trees. Marrickville Heritage Society is also concerned about the Morton bay Fig, but was unaware of the presence of the Hills Figs. Most of us were similarly unaware, because they were hidden behind 2 storey buildings for decades.
Update: Bandicoot habitat Lewisham – The trees that were due to be removed as part of renovations at the St Vincent’s de Paul Head Office in West Street Lewisham are still standing. I did read in the Inner West Courier about 1 month back that they were working with local WIRES to help keep the Bandicoot habitat. It’s excellent to see an organisation making an effort in response to the community’s concerns with regards to threatened species.
Marrickville Council approved their DA & they could have legally gone ahead with the destruction of this little group of Bandicoots’ habitat.
We had a look today & saw other church properties that are filled with large trees. It made me realise just how important these old established grounds are in built-up urban areas. Over the years, we have lost so many large trees from front & back gardens, from streets, from properties that have been knocked down & rebuilt & from areas that were once vacant space. While suburban environments have changed, places like the grounds of St Vincent’s de Paul still function as a green oasis in what is becoming predominately bitumen, cement, bricks, glass & steel.
Callan Park in Leichhardt LGA is also a prime example as the grounds are still as they were 50 years ago, except the trees have grown to become magnificent. To lose these green places will be devastating in more ways that one & not just to the urban wildlife.
Last week residents of Wilga Avenue Dulwich Hill were given a grant of $1,000. See Report from the Gallery – 20th April 2010. Photo below.
I’m a bit late with this, but I have just read Marrickville Matters. I always like this magazine. They have a nice article about trees on page 5.
For those of you who don’t know, Marrickville Council has launched My Place 2021 & they are asking the community to have a say about the new Community Strategic Plan. The plan covers many areas including environmental & development issues. It hasn’t closed for comments & I’m not sure when this will happen. Don’t let this opportunity to have your say regarding how you think Marrickville LGA should be over the next 10 years. There have been a few comments, but not such that I would call great community involvement. You can comment anonymously if you like. I’ve yet to add my 2 cents worth. http://myplace2021.com.au/
The DA for the old Marrickville RSL site corner of Illawarra Road & Byrne Street is back like the gift from our Auntie that we don’t like. According to people I have spoken with, this newer version just brims with problems, including 5 areas of non-compliance. Frankly, the community are angry that their concerns have not been taken notice of by the developer & freaked out that it will be approved by the JRPP when it goes before them.
It’s all a matter of personal taste, but having looked at the plans, I think the building is ugly & without doubt, totally out of character for the area. It’s like the developers don‘t take the community seriously. “You are going to get modern so live with it!”
It looks like something from Pyrmont & despite this being an issue last time, there is NO minimal GREEN SPACE.
Are the developers thinking that this will be start-up housing before people move onto better accommodation? If so, then in my mind, they are creating a future ghetto for Marrickville. The developer says this development fits into Council’s future vision for Marrickville. This belief is another reason why it is important to leave your opinion on My Space 2021. Both the Councillors & Council staff need our input when designing our future.
There will be 3 buildings at 6, 7 & 9 storeys meaning it will tower over the neighbourhood & block city views from Schwebel Street. It will also bounce train noise from 3 rail lines back to Schwebel Street & the housing on the hill. The people who live here say it is already very noisy, especially during the night. The goods line is about to commence operating 24 hours a day.
The plans intend 17 studio units (I would have thought this type of housing wouldn’t be allowed anymore), 73 one bedroom units & 90 two bedroom units, a total 180 units. The previous plans were for 128 units. The community thought this was too big so they have returned with a plan for 180 units.
It has parking for 171 vehicles so they expect owners will not have cars. There is 663 sq metres of retail floor space, enough for a supermarket, so I wonder where the shoppers are going to park.
It appears they have removed the RSL from the plan because of concern having shoppers & kids able to see drinking & gambling from the shops & added another 3 metres to the overall size.
There is a petition going around with hundreds of signatures & I urge you to sign it. Once I know where it will be I will post the locations and date/times. If you would like a draft submission, you can send me an e-mail & I will send you the draft which was sent to me.
You can download a copy of the DA at Marrickville Council’s website -http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/p190800/eproclaim/index.asp?request_url=ptgeApplications/ptgePublicNoticeAppsList.asp It is 12 down in the list for 359 Illawarra Road Marrickville. You can also view in hard copy at Council’s Citizens Service Centre during business hours.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday 15th April 2010.
You will need to quote DA201000115, your reasons for objecting & provide your name & address (preferably your email address) & a contact phone number.
I sincerely hope that many people take the trouble to send in a submission. This development is regarded by many as the test run. If it gets through, then it signals what is okay for Marrickville LGA & we will get a lot more developments of this kind. It won’t take long before our Inner West area is changed for the negative with ugly high-rise & masses of traffic congestion.
Everyone I have spoken with acknowledges development & housing is needed. They just want it to blend into the neighbourhood, be greener in outlook, creative & not create towers & canyons that they feel will ruin the area. I agree.
While I was writing this I watched the news which was outlining the proposed massive increase in population in NSW. Isn’t it interesting how this topic has become accepted in our language in just a few months. Everything else has followed, including the pushing of high-rise throughout Sydney’s suburbs. From an idea, it’s become a ‘must.’
3 new street trees are up for removal by Marrickville Council, this time in Station Street Petersham. One tree is a Eucalyptus scoparia (Wallangarra White Gum) outside number 45. Marrickville Council’s notification says: Tree is dead. It will be replaced with Melaleuca linariifolia (Flaxleaf Paperbark), a native with perfumed, white flowers in early summer & creamy white papery bark.
A second tree is a Eucalyptus sideroxlon (Ironbark) is outside number 67B Station Street Petersham. Marrickville Councils notification says: “Tree is in decline with significant amounts of dieback in the canopy. Exceeded its Safe Useful Life. Council intends to replace it with Gordonia axillaris (Fried Egg Plant). This tree has dappled, orange/brown bark & large white flowers (10cm or 4″ across) with prominent golden stamens. It flowers from autumn to spring & has glossy, dark green leaves with red tips in winter.
There are no details for the tree outside number 59 Station Street because of an error with the pdf. I have notified Council about this. I will post about this tree once I have the details & post photos of the trees after I have visited them.
The deadline for submissions is 12th April 2010.
Last week I saw a street tree in dreadful condition on the corner of Station & Brighton Streets. I would bet it is one of the above. It had a large chunk of bark stripped from its trunk & had other deep gashes from repeated hits perhaps from close parking by a truck.
In past weeks I have written about Richard Pennicuik & his tree sit-in to save a street tree outside his home in Thornlie Perth. Last week he came down after spending 110 days & nights in the street tree. At 2 am on March 29th 2010 Cameron Johnson & another man climbed the street tree outside Mr Pennicuik’s house vowing to remain & continue the protest to save this street tree. All 3 men dispute Gosnell Council’s assessment that the tree is dangerous.
Personally, I don’t know understand how City of Gosnells Council can continue to say this tree is dangerous after it managed to remain undamaged & standing after last week’s extraordinarily ‘once in every 50 years’ severe storm, but perhaps it’s a matter of principle in their minds. The City of Gosnells Council’s insistence that the tree be chopped down says a lot about how much influence they allow the community who disagree with their ideas on how to manage the area.
Surely Gosnells Council has other alternatives than simply chopping the tree down? Why can’t a couple of truly independent Arborists come & assess the tree? Perhaps they have but I have not seen reported news about this. At least with people sitting in the tree, it is less likely that someone will vandalize the tree to ensure it needs to be removed.
Richard Pennicuik’s action has attracted a massive amount of threatening, aggressive comments from anonymous public on news web-sites. I fail to understand why one man’s commitment to a tree results in such hatred & vilification from people who don’t know him, the tree or the history of this tree. His action was non-violent & this itself is deserves applaud.
It would have been a different story if he had sat in the tree armed with bazookas threatening to kill anyone who came near the tree. He didn’t. All he did was sit in the tree for 110 days & nights. The fact that others who came to visit behaved in a way that distressed the neighbourhood was not Mr Pennicuik’s fault.
I admire the passion & commitment of Richard Pennicuik & the new people who have taken up the fight to save this tree. I doubt there would be many people who would do this, even if they were totally against the removal of a tree. Mr Pennicuik says he is seriously thinking of standing for the next council elections. http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/6995779/new-thornlie-tree-protest/