crag newsletter - february 1996

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Did you think that the canal land was now protected from development?

Did you think you would be able have use of the land for passive recreation by now?

Did you think that your property value was enhanced by living near such a beautiful open reserve?

Unfortunately, even the NSW Premier, Mr Carr, cannot confirm the future of the canal land. Sydney Water is still compiling options.

What is clear, is that Sydney Water, will not allow water to flow in the canal again, citing health and wastage objections.

Sydney Water have had over two years to make their intentions for the land known. It would appear that our battle to stop development on the land may not be over.

To attempt to bring the matter to a head CRAG is currently developing a proposal to request Sydney Water to turn the canal into a shallow naturally flowing creek, to landscape the area, preserving the rare flora and to create a walking/bike track to follow the canal route.

The land should then be returned to the community, just as Sydney Water did for the residents of the eastern suburbs by landscaping a tip area adjacent to the Malabar Sewage Treatment Plant.

As Holroyd City Council have previously pledged their support for this project, they would be the most logical custodians of this natural corridor, especially given their ability to maintain it along with other parkland in the area.

If you would like to help with, or have input to, the development of a professional proposal to the relevant authorities please contact one of the CRAG Executive Committee members listed on this leaflet.

What you need to do straight away...

To ensure the authorities realise we are still determined to protect the canal land please contact (preferably in writing) the Sydney Water Executives, NSW State Ministers and Federal Representative listed below.

Ask them why a formal proposal for the canal's future has not been forthcoming.

Also remind them that you expect the promise for this land, made before the last state election, to be fully honored.

Sydney Water

Mr Paul Broad
Managing Director
Sydney Water
115-123 Bathurst Street
Sydney NSW 2161
Phone: 350 5000
Fax: 392 3100

Mr Murray Percival
Group Property Manager
Sydney Water
115-123 Bathurst Street
Sydney NSW 2161
Phone: 350 5024
Fax: 350 5667

NSW State Government

Mr Bob Carr
Premier of New South Wales
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 228 5239
Fax: 228 3935

Mr Craig Knowles
Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning
Level 33
Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 228 4499
Fax: 228 3717

Federal Government

Janice Crosio
Federal Member for Prospect
PO Box 802
Fairfield NSW 2165
Phone: 726 4100
Fax: 724 6115


to everyone who has contributed to CRAG's fighting fund. To date over $1,800 has been raised. Major expenditure items are indicated below:

Protest T Shirts $310
Protest Balloons/Gas $700
Advertising $245
Stationery $160

Other incidental costs such as postage, facsimiles, photography and bank charges have reduced the overall remaining funds to less than $300.

If you can assist CRAG with ideas, expertise (in areas such as drainage engineering, environmental landscaping) or leg power and enthusiasm (to help deliver leaflets) or if you are interested in more information please contact one of the CRAG Executive.

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