The newly elected Leichhardt Council has passed a resolution about the Callan Park site that could have serious implications for the operations of the proposed urban farm in the Callan Park Masterplan.
The resolution asks the Planning Minster Brad Hazzard to “consider allowing for additional multi-purpose playing fields on that waterfront area of Callan Park identified as the Veterans Field site in the originally exhibited Draft Master Plan of February 2011″
This is a large area that includes the northern section of the proposed Callan Park Farm, as well as many trees and buildings that are slated for re-use.
Sydney City Farm supports the Masterplan being implemented without amendment.
We have sent a letter to Planning Minister Brad Hazzard advising him that We are concerned that the area identified in the request for extra sports fields, would encroach on the proposed site for an urban farm and severely impact on its operations.
In the letter and our media release we say that we are not opposed to sporting fields in Callan Park, but point out there are already five sporting fields included in the Masterplan – four of them on the fore-shore.
The final Masterplan has carefully balanced all of the community needs and concerns, including the balance between active and passive recreational space, to provide an outcome that serves the whole community’s interests best.
Download section of Masterplan that refers to the Urban Farm here
Full Masterplan: http://callanparkyourplan.com.au/index.php
Friends of Callan Park campaign: http://www.callanpark.com/
What you can do:
Write to Minister Hazzard stating your support for the Callan Park Masterplan to be implemented without amendment. And your concern that the request for extra sporting fields could severely impact on the operations of the proposed Urban Farm.
Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
The Hon Brad Hazzard, MP
Governor Macquarie Tower Level 31,
1 Farrer Place
SYDNEY NSW 2000
fax: 02) 9228 5721
If you live in the Leichhardt LGA, please write to your local Councillors stating your support for the Masterplan and your concern for the impact on other elements of the Masterplan, like the proposed Callan Park Farm of adding additional sporting fields to the five already in the plan. Especially Mayor Darcy Byrne, Dep Mayor Linda Kelley and Councillors Emsley, Breen, Manika, Constantino and Jobling.
Their contact details are on the Leichhardt Council website: http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/Councillors.html