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Keneally joins Ashmore backlash

posted 8 Mar 2012, 13:46 by Friends of Erskineville   [ updated 14 Mar 2012, 05:05 by Friends of Erskineville ]

Author:Georgia Fullerton / Original taken with permission from alternativemediagroup

Labor MP and former NSW Premier, Kristina Keneally, has joined the fight against overdevelopment of the Ashmore Estate in Erskineville.

In a speech before parliament on February 22, Ms Keneally said the Ashmore dilemma spanned beyond the realms of local council.

“Many of the issues in relation to the Ashmore development site are the responsibility of the City of Sydney council. However, there are State implications,” she said.

The controversial proposal will take two decades to complete and will see 40 buildings and at least 3,200 new units added to the area.

City of Sydney Greens Councillor Chris Harris has welcomed the support of Ms Keneally, but said her intervention is overdue and by blaming the City, hypocritical.

According to Mr Harris, it was while Ms Keneally was premier that her then Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, instructed the Council to increase the building heights from 35 metres to 60 metres and the floor space ratio from 1.75:1 to 2.75:1.

“We knew the traffic and transport impacts would be totally unacceptable and that schools and other facilities in the area didn’t have the capacity to accommodate the 6000 new residents that the upsized plans would introduce. But we had to follow the instructions of Keneally’s government,” Mr Harris said.

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