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You may come across a Marrickville Greens flyer advertising a public meeting about the proposed DA for the Marrickville RSL site. I have posted a couple of times about this development application because it is the first of many such high-rise buildings which will change Marrickville as we know it forever & not for the better in my opinion. Many residents are very upset & angry with the RSL site DA & Marrickville Council’s Draft Local Environment Plan (LEP).
I am not unhappy about the return of the RSL. I never went to the old one, but many of my elderly neighbours went on a daily basis. It gave them an affordable hot meal & some social activity, which benefited them on a number of levels.
The problem with this particular development is that at 9 storeys it is too high, almost double the height of the latest developments on Marrickville Road. It will include 128 units. One could realistically would anticipate at least 2 people would live in each unit. This is a lot of people on such a small piece of land housed less than council’s own restriction of 30 metres from a railway line.
There will be 398 parking spaces & a supermarket twice the size of Woolworths. The supermarket will be open from 7am – midnight Monday to Thursday & 7am -1am on Saturday through to Sunday morning & from 8am – 11.30pm on Sundays. This supermarket will be open more hours than closed.
5 loading docks will operate from 6am – 10pm Monday to Saturday & 7am – 9pm on Sundays.
There will be phenomenal traffic to the supermarket, the residential units & the RSL Club. The developer anticipates 590 vehicles an hour. Illawarra Road & surrounds is barely coping with traffic during peak hours now. Blind Freddy can see that large amounts of traffic will spill into surrounding streets resulting in more noise & pollution. I know this to be true, as traffic in my street has tripled since we moved here. Marrickville already suffers from noise from planes, trains & automobiles. When will Council & the State Labor Government think we have reached our limit?
The Draft LEP passed by Marrickville Council last month agreed to high-rise development (7-9 storeys) along Marrickville Road in the Dulwich Hill & Marrickville shopping areas & along Illawarra Road from Marrickville Road to Warren Road. Most of the block between Illawarra & Petersham Road will also be similar high-rise development.
Many shop owners attended the council meeting that passed the draft LEP & they definitely approved of this plan if the amount of clapping at cheering was an indication. Apparently 38 shops along the Marrickville strip are currently empty. I suppose they think with 4150 new residents, business will improve. I would guess that business would be good for the supermarket at the RSL site, but unlikely elsewhere. Smaller grocery stores will be competing with 2 big supermarkets & I am not including Banana Joes.
Development has to happen because Sydney is growing at a phenomenal pace & not everyone wants to live in the newer outer suburbs, nor should they have to. The Labor & Independent councillors repeatedly stated during last month’s meeting that they preferred high-rise in the town centre rather than building residential units in our suburban streets. So do I, but such comments might be interpreted as threatening the residents & manipulating the issue: Shut up or multi-storey units will go up in your quiet street.
I can’t see any green space or trees in the RSL site plans. With a development of this size it is imperative that open green space is available for the residents & their children. The closest park is at the bottom of Byrne Street & it is small & lacking in facilities. The DA intends to remove the pedestrian crossing to this park for greater access for their trucks.
The Marrickville Greens will be holding a Public Meeting on – Wednesday 23rd September 09 @ 7pm @ Herb Greedy Hall –79 Petersham Road, Marrickville.
Regardless of your political preferences, please attend this meeting & hear what the issues are in more detail. Attendance will send a message to Labor & the Independents that the residents are prepared to take a stand on this, not just sitting back while their community is ruined.
PS The lights were back on again in Mackey Park when we went for a walk a couple of nights ago. Thanks to whoever is responsible.
Yesterday I wrote the deadline for submissions re the DA at Marrickville RSL site had been reduced from 30 to 14 days. I also wrote to all Marrickville Councillors & to Council asking that this be extended. I have received a reply from 3 councillors who say – “the period for submissions was always 14 days. Council will accept late submissions & it would be best if you rang or emailed Council to say you are intending to put in a submission, but it will arrive late.” Apologies to Marrickville Council – my information was incorrect. Jacqueline