Following months of extensive campaigning, consultation and consistent communication with Georges River Council, an Interim Heritage Order has been placed on the Glenlee property.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said that this is a fantastic win for the entire St George community as well as the Georges River ecosystem.
“This Interim Heritage Order will lapse six months from the date that it is made, with the option for Council to extend the order via passage of resolution. This will allow for an appropriate assessment of the historical and Indigenous significance of the site,” Mr Coure said.
“There is more work to be done and I will be doing everything that I can over the six months to ensure that this space can be handed to the community as an intergenerational community hub.”
A Development Application was submitted to Georges River Council on 6 May 2021, proposing that the site be subdivided into 31 individual lots.
“Ever since the application was submitted, I have been campaigning to ensure that this development does not occur. The Lugarno foreshore is not an appropriate place for large scale development and we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a positive decision that will benefit generations of local residents to come.”
“I want to thank the more than 1300 local residents who have signed my petition to showcase that the community will not stand for this development.”
“Almost half of the property is covered by undisturbed tall blackbutt eucalypt bushland, which has been classified as possessing high ecological value. This site also acts as a filter to protect the Georges River from stormwater run-off and is home to locally rare echidnas, swamp wallabies and other wildlife.”
“When you assess the environmental, social and heritage significance of the Glenlee property, it becomes clear that this land must remain as open green space.”
While the Local Planning Panel is the consent authority, the matter has been appealed to the Land and Environment Court by the applicant and is currently under review.
“While this application is under legal review, the community sentiment is clear and we need all levels of Government to come together to act in the best interests of local residents.”
“I also want to thank the Minister responsible for Heritage, the Hon. Don Harwin MLC, for his advocacy and support in enacting this Interim Heritage Order.”
To sign Mark Coure’s petition on the Glenlee precinct, please visit: https://forms.gle/XaRXbhm5fvADE7jY7