Community unites to fight Ku-ring-gai rezoning plan
- Hornsby Advocate
- May 10, 2013
A PUBLIC campaign has been launched to save a preschool, a counselling service and the town hall after Ku-ring-gai council voted to rezone 23 sites to fund a new council chambers building.The $22 million fire sale of council assets, to fund the council’s acquisition of a new administration building at 828 Pacific Hwy, Gordon, includes Gordon Community Preschool, Lifeline crisis support service and Culworth Ave carpark, Killara. The sites have been described as “under-utilised council assets”.
Thirteen residents pleaded to have the controversial parcels of land removed from the hit list of sites to be reclassified from community to operational land at last week’s meeting.
But it was to no avail as Ku-ring-gai Mayor Elaine Malicki used her casting vote to break the deadlocked vote and defeat the motion.
Councillor David Citer said the preschool was fundamental to building the resilience of the next generation in Ku-ring-gai.
“Are the dollar signs more important than creating the next generation of Ku-ring-gai residents,” Cr Malicki said. “I think not.”
Cr Malicki told the council that the idea they were selling off the farm was “simply unfair”.
“It’s to rationalise council assets so that we have the best use of community assets,” Cr Malicki said.
Gordon community preschool has launched a campaign to save the preschool and held a meeting on Tuesday night for supporters.
Supporters have collected more than 700 signatures for a petition calling on the councillors to oppose the sale of their preschool, which has 148 students on its books.
The site in Park Ave, Gordon is earmarked for high- density residential.
Preschool director Felicity Barclay said she was disappointed with the council decision.
“Obviously, as you would imagine, the parents are very concerned and upset,” Ms Barclay said.
“The support we have received is extraordinary.
“It’s absurd to think this would happen to pay for council comfort.”
SELLING THE FARM
■ Ku-ring-gai Council has voted to reclassify 23 parcels of community land in a bid to fund the $22 million purchase of a new council administration centre
■ The sites earmarked for sale include Lifeline crisis support service, Gordon Community Preschool, Ku-ring-gai Town Hall and the Pymble playgroup centre
HOW THEY VOTED
■ FOR THE REZONING: Councillors Malicki, Pettett, Fornari-Orsmond, Anderson and Ossip
- Cr Malicki used casting vote
■ AGAINST: Councillors McDonald, Szatow, Armstrong, Citer and Berlioz