Media Release – Council tramples on residents’ rights

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Therese Doyle, Greens candidate for Ward 2 in the September Newcastle council elections, called on Newcastle Council to withdraw its demand that a local community group put up a surety of $70,000 for Council costs in the NSW Land and Environment Court in a landmark decision due from the court tomorrow.

“It’s a travesty that Newcastle City Council is demanding a surety from the Friends of King Edward Park, who are in the NSW Land and Environment Court to defend the Council’s own Plan of Management for King Edward Park.

“This case will be a test of whether NSW residents have any effective rights in this court,” said Ms Doyle.

The Friends of King Edward Park are objecting to the development, approved by Newcastle City Council that hands over the old Newcastle Bowling Club site to private interests.

“This is despite council’s stated commitment in their own Plan of Management that ‘these places and any facilities on them, should not be alienated from public access and use’.

“Not only will the new development exclude the public, it will prevent Newcastle residents being able to enjoy some of the most iconic views of Newcastle’s spectacular coastline” Ms Doyle said.

“Just last night (Tuesday 15 May) at the council meeting it was revealed that the council’s own proposal to commercialise the Stockton coastline was rebuffed by Stockton residents in a further demonstration that Newcastle people do not want their developed in this way. In the case of Stockton, the council at least paused in their deliberations. Why not with King Edward Park? ”  Ms Doyle asked.


For more information or comment, contact Therese Doyle (Greens candidate for Newcastle Ward 2) on 0434 257 892

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