We have now reached 106 signatures! Your support is inspirational!
Our Community Meeting went really well today - around 65 attended which was great seeing it was a working day. Lots of inspiring speakers, David Shoebridge's talk was great, also Kate Mackaness from CAWB (Community Action for Windsor Bridge - check it out, the campaign is inspirational!!) and my dear friend John Hunter was so good! Also lots of really relevant and creative signs! It took place in Mulgoa Park, amongst the beautiful aged Eucalypt and Ironbark trees. Sorry I can't add photos, still learning but I have heard they are on Facebook.
To: Penrith City Mayor and Councillors
Save Mulgoa Heritage Valley from Fernhill Estate development
Dear Mayor and Councillors. Please do not approve the proposed development, Fernhill Estate in Mulgoa Heritage Valley. Mulgoa Valley has important heritage cultural significance, endangered and critically endangered flora and fauna, crucial wildlife corridors that should not be destroyed by development. This development is not in the Public Interest, does not comply with many conditions in the Local Environmental Plan (Penrith LEP2010) and other controls and does not provide Intergenerational Equity - the rights of our children, grandchildren and future generations to their heritage. If you ignore these rights and approve this development under Clause 5.10(10) Conservation Incentives you will be approving a development that sets a precedent in NSW, with the real potential to enable an unprecedented amount of development of Heritage Listed properties throughout all of NSW. Please answer our questions: Why does a developer need to subdivide more than 61 blocks (conservative market value over $35 million dollars) to raise $3 million dollars to conserve one heritage property for only 20 years? Conserved for less than one generation? How could you justify this to your community and the residents of NSW? Who will really benefit from this development?
Why is this important?
If the Fernhill Estate development is approved under the Heritage Conservation Incentive Clause it will set a precedent in NSW which could be used to apply for more subdivision approvals of Heritage listed properties throughout the whole of NSW. What will be left for our future generations if we do not prevent this type of subdivision? As Elders we need to be Custodians of this land and prevent developers from robbing our future generations of their history, their heritage and their environment. "When something precious is lost it is gone forever". PLEASE ADD YOUR VOICES SO WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!