Thursday, 6 March 2014

More Blacktown City reserves earmarked for sale

More Blacktown City reserves earmarked for sale

Emerton residents in Helena Avenue successfully campaigned to get the road island off Blacktown Council's small reserves list earmarked for sale. Picture: Helen Nezdropa

Time will tell if more of these signs (pictured) soon pop up at small reserves.
Blacktown Council has conducted its third and final review of 152 reserves less than 0.15 hectares.
A report recommends an additional 32 small reserves be added to the list earmarked for possible sale and rezoning.

Sites include 
Durham Street in Mount Druitt, 
Buring Crescent, 
Bunker Street and 
Minchin drive in Minchinbury, 
Hyatts Road and Aquilina Drive in Plumpton, 
Nauru Crescent in Lethbridge Park and 
Gracilis Way in Bidwill.

The report estimates the council will immediately save almost $20,700 if the 32 sites are sold by removing 15 contractors from the serving program.

It’s recommended six proposed sites with play equipment be only partially rezoned or another local playground be created nearby.
The completed review means 85 sites are now recommended to be progressed for planning proposal, which will involve community consultation and a public exhibition period.
The process is expected to take 18 months.
Proceeds from the parks sale will go towards ‘‘mega parks’’ in each of the five wards.
Reserves on the original rezoning list but later taken off are among 67 removed from further consideration.
Labor Councillors had the numbers last week voted not to proceed with the small reserves sale and for individual site reports be returned to the council following community consultation. 
With three councillors absent, the Liberals are expected overturn Labor’s motion next week.
Councillors have previously reiterated reserves won’t be rezoned if their respective communities demonstrate a need for them.

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