Monthly Archives: November 2012

Annual general meeting date set

We’ve set the time and date for our annual general meeting. We’d love members and supporters to come along.

Where: Seaview St Hall, Seaview St, Dulwich Hill (next to the library and pictured left)

When: 7.30pm-9pm, Tuesday 11 December 2012

This meeting is an important opportunity to re-cap on the year’s events, plan for the year ahead and to also appoint the office-bearers (convenor, treasurer, secretary and committee members). As an incorporated association, we’re required to hold an annual general meeting.

Please come along and take part in discussion about our important work.

In conjunction with the inner-west’s local councils, we’re achieved some major GreenWay benefits during the last year, including the erection of signage through the corridor and securing government commitments to construct small elements of the GreenWay as part of the light rail construction. But much more needs to be done to get the GreenWay built.

Help out at our Dulwich Hill community fair stall

The Dulwich Hill community fair on December 2 will be the last opportunity for us to push the GreenWay during 2012 at a major inner-west festival.

The Friends of the GreenWay will be sharing a stall with the Inner-West Environment Group. We’re seeking volunteers to run the stall during the festival from 10am-4pm.

If you’re able to come along for as little as an hour, please let Jennifer know by either emailing her on 0417044618 or calling mhcdi1@bigpond.com

Our Marrickville Festival stall was very popular. We’re happy to give all volunteers a full briefing on the GreenWay and we’ll have lots of brochures and information to give out to people.

More information about the Dulwich Hill stall is available at http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/community/events65140/dulwichhillfair.html?s=1993489781

Consultations a chance to push GreenWay message

Inner-west residents were today urged to push the GreenWay message before vital decisions are made on the Summer Hill flour mill development and the light rail extension’s detailed design.

The Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday 20 November before deciding on the Summer Hill flour mill development. Additionally, Transport for NSW is undertaking consultation until 15 November on light rail design elements, including the layout of nine proposed stops and construction of a new Parramatta Rd bridge.

Both issues have the potential to provide important components of the GreenWay vision – allowing it to be built in stages even if the entire length is not funded by the government.

Inner-west councils have previously called for the flour mill site developer EG Funds Pty Ltd to make a contribution towards the 300m section of the GreenWay which runs alongside the site.

 Unfortunately the development:

  • Doesn’t make any financial contribution to the GreenWay
  • Opposes the GreenWay path being built within the development site, despite this having the potential to increase the rail corridor area which could be re-generated as bushland;
  • Will over-shadow the GreenWay, with new 10-storey buildings and extra storeys on the silos to block its afternoon sun (see diagram on this page showing the mid-winter 3pm shadow)
  • Won’t include any bush care sites, despite this being requested by environmental groups during the public submission process

 The PAC meeting is being held at 20 November 2012 at the Petersham RSL Club, 7 Regent Street, Petersham, with residents talking needing to register by November 14. Further details are available at www.pac.nsw.gov.au

In regard to the Transport for NSW consultation, the detailed plans contain both good and bad news for the GreenWay.

It’s promising that a small 100m section of walking and cycling path will be constructed near the Dulwich Grove stop between Hercules andNew Canterbury Rd, consistent with the GreenWay plan.

“However, if a GreenWay path can be constructed here, then it should be constructed in other parts of the corridor,” Friends spokesperson Jud Agius said.

Furthermore, access to a new pedestrian crossing alongside the western side of theParramatta Rdover-bridge will be via stairs – rather than a ramp which is more bike-friendly – while no bicycle lockers are being placed at any of the stops.

Transport for NSW is seeking feedback until 15 November on the line’s detailed design elements. Further information can be found at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/lightrail-program/inner-west-light-rail-extension Read our full media release here