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