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To: MARRICKVILLE LOCAL COUNCIL
DO NOT ACCEPT RECENT OFFER TO BUY OLD MARRICKVILLE HOSPITAL AND BUILD HIGH RISE APARTMENTS
At the meeting on 17-03-15 Council unanimously rejected the offer. But we are not off the hook as yet. We must be vigilant as other offers may be forthcoming...
Dear Marrickville Councillors,
We, the undersigned, residents of Marrickville Council are extremely concerned about the recent offer to buy and therefore privatise the old hospital site on Marrickville Road. We understand that the site was earmarked for the new library and community hub and a new developer wants to turn it into massive high rise apartments.
We understand that a vote is scheduled to be held at Marrickville Council's meeting on Tuesday 17 March 2015. To our concern, we have learned that the treatment of this issue will be done in close session. Why? If you are genuinely interested in representing the community, why do you have to resort to a close session, keeping the general public away and ignorant of your reasons to make a decision?
Needless to say, we urge you to reject this proposal.
We live in and love Marrickville. It is a place which grows more beautiful as people connect, support and learn from one another. Accessible places to interact, learn and just be with nature are crucial to us, the residents of Marrickville.
The offer to steal and sequester the old hospital site on Marrickville Road is offensive in many ways. It is a totally unsolicited bid to purchase the site. It is entirely separate from the current tender process for the library project. If Council accepts this bid, the tender process and the library project will be abandoned. This is not what we, the residents of Marrickville, want.
Although we are not privy to what mechanism the Council will chose to vote on this offer, we understand that Council would be bound to proceed with the deal if it accepts the offer on Tuesday night. We, the undersigned, are totally opposed to this. We are also opposed to this item being treated in a closed session. We want transparency and we want to know what our local representatives think about this and how they vote to protect either ours or other interests.
If Council votes to accept this offer, this will be a giant breach of trust and duty of care with the community that they represent, given that the majority of councillors have committed many times that the library will be built on this site. Selling the site has never been an option discussed and accepted by the Community, so why consider it now?
The old hospital site belongs to us and must be used for the benefit of residents, not the benefit of affluent developers to increase their profits at our expense.
The proposal to create very high rise apartments is also at odds with the Marrickville Council's public commitment to facilities and green space for residents. Most significantly, because it puts development ahead of the desperate needs of a growing and vital community.
We want our library, community hub and parkland. We do not want more high rising buildings in our Municipality. We do not want to lose heritage listed buildings in order to accommodate to spurious developments. We want to retain the historical and architectural soul of this municipality, in all its suburbs.
We are immensely grateful to the Green Councillors for indicating their support to reject the offer for privatisation of this crucial community asset. Theirs is a show of courage and determination that will not go unnoticed at election time.
We call on ALL Marrickville Councillors to reject the unsolicited, unconditional offer to sell/privatise the old hospital site on Marrickville Road and wish to register our opposition to this extraordinary plan. This eleventh hour offer contradicts the project which was originally accepted by us, the community.
Silvia Levame - Marian St, Enmore (2042)
Why is this important?
If Council votes to accept this offer, this will be a giant breach of trust and duty of care with the community that the Councillors represent, given that the majority of Councillors have committed many times that the library and community hub will be built on this site. Selling the site has never been an option discussed and accepted by the Community, so why consider it now? We urge you to reject this offer.