Accept Our Thanks For Voting to Protect the La Perouse Market Gardens
  • Petitioned Councillor Kiel Smith
  • Responded

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Randwick City Council
Councillor Kiel Smith
Randwick City Council
Councillor Paul Tracey
Randwick City Council
Councillor Margaret Woodsmith
Randwick City Council
Councillor Robert Belleli
Randwick City Council
Councillor Charles Matthews
Randwick City Council
Councillor Alan White
Randwick City Council
Councillor Murray Matson
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Randwick City Council
Councillor Bruce Notley-Smith
Randwick City Council
Councillor Tony Bowen
Randwick City Council
Councillor Bradley Hughes (DEPUTY MAYOR)
Randwick City Council
Councillor Scott Nash (HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR)
Randwick City Council
Councillor John Procopiadis
Randwick City Council
Councillor Anthony Andrews
Randwick City Council
Councillor Geoff Stevenson
Randwick City Council
Councillor Ted Seng
General Manager
To the 15 Councillors of Randwick City Council, NSW, Sydney, Australia

Accept Our Thanks For Voting to Protect the La Perouse Market Gardens

    1. Gregory Olsen
    2. Petition by

      Gregory Olsen

      Booker Bay, Australia

Council to rezone the 150 year old, heritage listed La Perouse Market Gardens so they can take over 60% of it’s 7 ha site, raise the ground level and use it for burials.  These are a remnant of the gardens that fed Sydney since it’s early days.  They are currently viable, supplying Sydney with fresh, locally grown food.

 

On Tuesday, July 24, Randwick City Council voted for Option 4, eight to six, and refused the planning proposal, returning it to the applicant, Botany Cemetery.

 

Let’s now thank Randwick City Council for voting to save and protect the La Perouse Market Gardens.  Thank you to all the residents, City members, wider community, who worked tirelessly to campaign for this noble cause, and this petition signatories.  Next step is to get the NSW Stare Government on board.  I will start another petition at the appropriate time.

 

We understand that there IS a real issue with finding burial sites for the ever increasing demand while available land is becoming scarce.  What supporters of the Market Gardens want is a complete re-evaluation of the NSW Government’s burial policies that allow retrospective, limited tenure on unused, disused or vacant gravesites and work with local authorities and cemeteries to find other appropriate land, NOT FOOD PRODUCING LAND, for new burial grounds.  Old industrial areas, and contaminated sites ate just two possibilities.

 

Efficient, modern and environmentally sound burial practises MUST be instituted NOW to maximise the already available land for burials. Forward planning can achieve this and protect irreplaceable farming land at the same time. Let’s work together to facilitate and expedite these measures.

 

The Academics from the University of New South Wales have noted the site's importance to the urban food security debate because the site provides fresh vegetables to eastern Sydney (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtkNaQxIQwI&feature=relmfu ).

 

The site is valued by Sydney’s Chinese community for its ongoing use by Chinese gardeners. It is listed on the State Heritage Register RLEP Schedule of heritage items for its 150 year history of use as a market garden, firstly by Europeans and then by Chinese.

 

If the spot rezoning goes ahead it will undermine a recent stand taken residents that saw the Council decide in May this year to apply a “RU4 – Primary Production Small Lots” to allow continued agricultural uses.

 

Here’s a link to the Director City Planning Report on the La Perouse Market Gardens contained within the Business Paper for Tuesdays meeting: http://laperousemarketgardens.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/council-report-for-24-july-2012.pdf

For further info visit: http://www.laperousemarketgardens.wordpress.com and http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheLaPerouseMarketGardens

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Threat of Rescinding Motion Removed - Hooray!!!

      Gregory Olsen
      Petition Organizer

      I've just been informed that there will be NO Rescinding Motion next Tuesday. Council has voted for the protection of the La Perouse Market Gardens (for the second time in two months) and now it's up to the NSW State Government to deal with this issue and ratify Council's decision. Well done everyone involved!!

    2. Rescinding Motion Planned For Tuesday 31!

      Gregory Olsen
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday, July 24, Randwick City Council voted eight to six in favour of Option 4, and refused the planning proposal, returning it to the applicant, Botany Cemetery. It appears now that supporters of destroying the Market Gardens within Council are planning a Rescinding Motion for next Tuesday, July 31.

      Unfortunately it appears that THE BATTLE HAS NOT YET BEEN WON even though Council has already (twice in fact) voted to save the Gardens! If this motion is called and is successful, because Market Garden supporting members of Council are unable to make this extraordinary meeting, this will truly be a perfidious action.

    3. Application Defeated, Gardens Saved .......

      Gregory Olsen
      Petition Organizer

      OK folks, we won the vote this time, 8 to 6!! I say "this time" because there may be a rescission motion next Tuesday because one Councillor was overseas. In any case, unless one of the Market Gardens' supporters changes their mind, we still have the majority.

      There are now 1,048 signatories! I've been asked by one Councillor to close the petition once the vote was decided but I will not do that until I am certain there will be no further vote on this application.

      I was also dismayed at the behaviour of one of the Councillors and I will be writing to the Mayor about the matter.

    4. I'm At the Council Meeting Now!

      Gregory Olsen
      Petition Organizer

      I have delivered my address to Council and asked a few questions. I believe I made my points well. The boss of the cemetery also spoke. It's now up to the Councillors. Thanx for your support in this. I will close this petition after the result of the vote is announced. However, we may need your help at a future time if the matter goes to the NSW State Government. STOP PRESS! The meeting has closed for a ten minute recess and then Council will commence it's deliberations.

    5. Reached 1,000 signatures
    6. Decision-maker Councillor Murray Matson responds:

      Councillor Murray Matson

      I will vote according to the Randwick-Botany Greens position of opposing burials on the site.


    7. Reached 50 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Norman AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      It would be a disgraceful decision to remove a section of the working community which has such an extraordinary history apart from the delight in retaining innercity market produce which can only be a benefit in these times of energy efficiency.

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    • Merriann Beecroft WARRAWONG, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I grew up in the La Perouse area with the gardens being there my whole life my father grew up there with the gardens and my grandfather was the local police officer. La Perouse was a beautiful sea side suburb with a country feel . My grandparents used to have John Ung i think his name was deliver fresh vegies to their door. Stop ruining the area leave some parts the way they have been for decades before the place becomes as sterile as Maroubra and Kingsford. PLEASE LEAVE THE GARDENS ALONE.

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    • Lyn Ferguson MATRAVILLE, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      A good food supply is vital for any region. Market Gardens may provide cheap, accessible food compared to other options. I'm not sure but wonder if the 2 fruit and vegetable shops in Kingsford are supplied by them? The gardens have been there for a long time and surely there are other options for the cemetery.

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    • Ray Hare BULLI, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      I was born in the area, it's Australian Heritage to protect, to supply fresh vegeatables and herbs; employment and renumeration in a healthy envireoment.

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    • Kerrie Gorman NSW, AUSTRALIA
      • about 2 years ago

      My family came from this area and I don't want to see it damaged, people need to eat...keep the market gardens!!

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