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Protecting North Sydney parklands for future generations
According to media reports, the NSW Government is proposing to place a ventilation building and smoke stack for the Western Harbour tunnel in St Leonards Park. The ventilation building will take over a large portion of the park.
The proposed building's location is in front of North Sydney Bowling club, on parkland facing the harbour heavily used by residents, families, for New Year’s Eve fireworks and by dog walkers and boot campers and will block the views of the harbour and restrict any public free usage of that part of the park.
While we appreciate that the motorway has many benefits, it should not come at the expense of our parkland and open space, in particular public land with beautiful harbour views.
St Leonard’s Park is one of the oldest parks in NSW, of the same vintage as Centennial Park and with a largely untouched layout from 1836. It is considered a rare and fine example of a nineteenth century park and has retained most of its original land and pathways. It has outstanding aesthetic values derived from its landscaping, including: remnant indigenous trees, magnificent plantings of native figs, other rainforest species and a wide variety of ornamental trees, together with active and passive recreational spaces, internal vistas and panoramic views to Sydney Harbour. The park contains many structures and, as an early example of its type, is relatively rare and remarkably intact.
The park is listed on the NSW Heritage Council register and the National Trust Register.
Please STOP the development of our beloved St Leonards Park and consider an alternative solution.
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