crag newsletter -
august/september 1996

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Reserve Proposal

CRAG's July meeting saw a good attendance and allowed the lineal park development proposal to be finalised and accepted.

The proposal has now been delivered to the Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning, Mr Craig Knowles. Copies have also been sent to our local state and federal MPs, the Premier, Blacktown City Council, Fairfield City Council, Holroyd City Council and the local ward councilors, asking for their assistance in having the proposal implemented.

To refresh your memory the proposal document identifies the following uses for the land:

- back fill the canal and create a shallow naturally flowing creek
- create a bicycle/walking track along the existing canal maintenance road
- protection of a number of historic areas, the primary one being the aqueduct
- native plant regeneration
- haven for fauna
- outdoor education area for local schools.

For anyone interested in the finer detail of the proposal there are a number of copies available for viewing/reference at Merrylands, Greystanes and Wentworthville council libraries.

It is now up to the Government to fully honour their pre-election promise to provide funds to preserve the sections of heritage value and establish a 'linear' park.

We now need everyone to help the lobbying effort by telling the Government that we want the proposal implemented in the short term.

Your help is needed...

Please write to the responsible State Government Minister (details below) indicating that you would like to see the land uses embodied in the CRAG document entitled 'Prospect Lower Canal Lineal Park Development and Management Proposal' implemented by Christmas 1996.

Mr Craig Knowles
Minister for Urban Affairs and Planning
Level 33,Governor Macquarie Tower
1 Farrer Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 9228 4499
Fax: 9228 3717

To further help the cause please also write to the following MPs requesting that they make representations to Mr Knowles for a speedy resolution of the matter.

Janice Crosio
Federal Member for Prospect
PO Box 802
Fairfield NSW 2165
Phone: 9726 4100
Fax: 9724 6115

Mr Bob Carr
Premier of New South Wales
GPO Box 5341
Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 9228 5239
Fax: 9228 3935

Mr Carl Sculley
State Member for Smithfield
PO Box 86
Fairfield NSW 2165
Phone: 9726 8668
Fax: 9728 4824

If you require any more information please contact one of CRAG's Executive Committee members listed overleaf.

The next CRAG meeting will be held on September 18, at 7:30pm at Widemere Public School (Staff Room), Nemesia Street, Greystanes. All are welcome.

Write to the Ministers listed here - TODAY!

If you can assist CRAG with ideas or leg power and enthusiasm (to help deliver leaflets) or if you are interested in more information please contact one of the CRAG Executive Committee members.

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