• Petitioned Tony Burke MP

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Tony Burke MP

Tony Burke MP: Save Australia's FIRST and OLDEST town square from destruction

    1. CAWB Community Action for Windsor Bridge
    2. Petition by

      CAWB Community Action for Windsor Bridge

      Sydney, Australia

Thompson Square, dating from 1795, is the oldest civic space in Australia.  It is the heritage heart of Windsor, the third-oldest place of British settlement in Australia. Windsor is about an hour and a half from Sydney's CBD.  The NSW Government plans to demolish the existing historic Windsor Bridge and replace it with a high, modern bridge structure. Their plan, known as Option One, includes bulldozing a major arterial approach road  through Thompson Square. The Government has declared the project to be State Significant Infrastructure (application SSI-4951). This means that heritage and environmental protections are effectively 'switched off' for this project. Thompson Square is an important part of the shared Australian story and our nation's history. It is a rare, tangible example of our colonial origins. Its survival affects ALL Australians. An alternative, such as a town bypass, must be considered in preference to this disaster. The signatories of this petition therefore urgently call upon the Australian Government to act to protect this nationally important site, to ensure its preservation and protection for future generations.

 ***NOTE*** If you signed our paper petition addressed to the NSW Legislative Assembly we also need you to sign this one too! Our online petition targets the Federal Government. We want the whole of Australia behind Thompson Square!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,000 signatures
    2. Save Thompson Square Rally! April 14th, 2013

      We'd love you to attend a rally in Australia's oldest Public Square - Thompson Square! Join us to listen to guest speakers and live music as we protest to save this special Australian place!

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. 11,000 Signatures for Paper Petition

      With your help CAWB has obtained 11,000 signatures on our paper petition to the NSW Legislative Assembly. The Legislative Assembly has strict rules with regards to petitions and would only accept paper petitions with original signatures. CAWB will be delivering this petition to Parliament soon! We hope to obtain even more signatures with our new online petition and we are now targeting the Federal Government by directing our online petition to Tony Burke MP. We are going national! We want the whole of Australia voicing their outrage.


    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Edwards AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      I grew up in the Hawkesbury and the square is a major part of Windsor's history. I understand the need for infrastructure but not at the cost of heritage.

      • 11 months ago


    • Ina Leach AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Heritage of Windsor

    • steve chillmaid AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      This area is a part of the Hawkesbury and Sydney history. Leave it alone

    • Jane Povey SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Australia is a young country, if we destroy all our heritage for the sake of ease of vehicle we lose something irreplacable.


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