The City of Sydney last week agreed to support the community’s fund raising effort for the litigation against Foster’s and Planning Minister Frank Sartor over the CUB site in Chippendale.
Cr Chris Harris, who is actively supporting the case, had requested that a $20,000 grant be made to FOCUS - a Chippendale community group - to help meet the $40,000 estimated costs.
After debate, the majority of councillors decided that council match the Legal Aid grant together with funds raised by the community up to a limit of $20,000, subject to some legal provisos.
The vote was 7-3 with only the three Labor councillors (including Assistant Environment Minister Verity Firth) opposing. (See resolution passed, below)
“This is great news for Chippendale,” said Cr Harris.
“The litigation is a last-ditch attempt to have the community and the environment considered in a long-term project that will triple the population and car ownership in this charming inner Sydney suburb.”
“It is a real message to Frank Sartor that his takeover of the site using the unpopular part 3A planning laws is anti-democratic and that the concept plan that he approved is unsustainable.”
Outstanding Legal Counsel
Strong Legal Counsel for the community has been confirmed. Francis Douglas QC is one of Australia’s leading barristers. Junior counsel Jason Lazarus is a rising star in the legal profession and an expert in Land & Environment Court matters.
Cr Harris has written to Frasers, the developers who recently purchased the site from Foster’s, requesting a meeting to discuss what the developer needs to do to create an environmentally sustainable development.
Supporters of the case can help kick it along at a fundraising event to be held on 11 July at the Guthrie Theatre, UTS (6.30-8.30pm, Lebanese finger food, drinks available for purchase, $30 contribution, enter off Harris Street).
Speakers will include Ian Kiernan AO from Clean Up Australia, Green bans legend Jack Mundey, Chippendale resident and sustainability expert Michael Mobbs, Cate Faehrmann, Executive Officer of the Nature Conservation Council and Caroline Pidcock, past president of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Around $5,000 in public donations has already been received and further pledges indicate that the fund raising drive will reach its target before the case on 25 July.
Recycle your dead mobile phone and help raise some money for the CUB case
Local reside Amy Kelly will collect all previously loved mobile phones at the fundraiser event and recycle them. Each phone will raise $5 towards the case.
Contact Amy Kelly on 0405 978 756.
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