Coolaroo petition

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Three hundred resident recently petitioned Willoughby Council in opposition to a proposal to limit through traffic on Coolaroo Road, Lane Cove North. Their petition prayer included “restricting access through this road will force local residents into the already congested traffic on Mowbray Road“.

Traffic problems in the ‘Mowbray’ precinct are well know by Council. There has been a traffic study and report prepared but Council is dragging the chain in holding a public meeting on the traffic issues in the area.

AFL v The Dogs

Recently a problem has emerged with the shared use of the O H Reid Oval in Chatswood West.

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For decades this oval has work very well with all sorts of sports (soccer, cricket etc.) sharing the space. The sporting groups leave enough room around the perimeter of the playing area for dog owners to exercise their pets.

Recently, schoolboy AFL players from a private school hired the oval for the season. They have insisted on commandeering the whole of the oval area, telling dog-owners that they have an exclusive right.

Local dog owners have met with Mayor Giles-Gidney who is taking the matter up with the General Manager.

It is hoped that common sense will prevail with a return to the shared use model that has worked for years.

AS an aside, it has been suggested that another off-leash park be established on the Greville Street Oval. This will likely be part of a city-wide review of off-leash areas.

Currey Park: Land grab?

The following information was supplied by a local resident.

‘Sign’ the on;line petition to save Currey Park.

CurreyParkAt least 10 trees in Currey Park – along with plants and gardens – are about to be sacrificed for a few extra car spaces added to Westfield Chatswood Carpark. The trees to be destroyed include a Forest Red Gum and a Water Gum. Both of these are magnificent mature trees, at least 40 feet in height and classified by Council as of high retention value. The loss of these significant specimens will be of severe detrimental social impact to the community – including loss of shade for recreational users, loss of privacy (from the carpark) for nearby residents and visual degradation for everyone. Their potential loss will also contribute to a loss of Currey Park’s cultural and historical significance.

Until last Wednesday (Aug 5) I was unaware of their imminent destruction.Upon enquiring to Willoughby Council I was advised that notifications were sent out sometime in 2014 with no submissions received. Determination of the “Development” occurred on Oct 27 2014. I placed on record that I am a long term resident of Parkside Lane, Chatswood – overlooking Currey Park and the closest residential building to the Westfield Carpark – and did not receive any notification. Nor, to the best of my knowledge, did any of my neighbours.

Irrespective of notification or otherwise, it is hard to reconcile how this development application was ever approved, when the gains of a few extra car parking spaces are weighed against the substantial loss of public recreation space and amenity. Every day children, couples, families and groups enjoy the peace and serenity of Currey Park. It is an escape and an oasis behind a very busy CBD – something the noisier recreation area on the edge of Chatswood Oval cannot provide. The larger trees are irreplaceable, their canopy treasured. Together with another 8 endangered medium size ones their proposed loss is too great to ignore.

Let us hope that commonsense will prevail at all levels. The community deserves it.

Even Council appears to contradict itself in the Development Application Document when it states: “the proposed additions to the … Car Park will require minor modifications of the existing landscaping within Currey Park”. Can I urge you to take every possible action in reversing or modifying this particular part of the Development Approval before it is too late.