Media release from David Shoebridge
11 May 2015
A proposed private function centre on historic King Edward Park has been defeated today following a landmark Land and Environment Court decision. The decision declared the function centre’s development consent, as well as an amendment to the Park’s Plan of Management that had been used to support it, invalid.
The decision provides much needed support for communities across NSW who are seeing governments on all levels pushing to privatise Crown land for short term public returns and long term private profits.
Greens MP and Planning Spokesperson David Shoebridge said:
“This is an important community win because it says once Crown land is set aside for a public purpose, then neither the Minister nor a local council can just hand it over to private interests.
“The Court has clearly said that a private function centre, which can and will exclude the general public, is not permitted on land reserved for public recreation.
“This is a win not just for King Edward Park, it will give strength to communities across the State who are opposing the privatisation of Crown land in their patch.
“Whether it is the Talus Trust land in Willoughby, the Paddington Bowling Club or one of countless reserves up and down the coast the pattern is the same, with Crown land being eyed off by private interests for private profits.
“We all owe the Friends of King Edward Park a huge debt of gratitude for their four and a half year struggle to protect this historic public park,” Mr Shoebridge said.
The decision can be found here: https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/decision/554ac56ce4b0fc828c996ed4
Media contact: David Shoebridge 9230 3030 or 0408 113 952