Develop the Kilkenny Bianco site and rebuild community

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Pinda Street in Kilkenny is a dead end street leading to a car park. In the street you often find dumped stolen cars, asbestos sheets broken off from the nearby derelict Bianco site, illegal tags, needles, condoms and rubbish. This makes for a perfect spot to conduct prostitution, take and deal drugs, vandalise and set illegal fires in council bins, the Bianco buildings and abandoned vehicles.

Just adjacent to this car park are tennis courts, a kids' play ground, public toilets, open access fields and the Outer Harbour cycling Greenway. The two worlds often unsafely collide as students walk to school, people walk their dogs and children play. McInerney Reserve should be the jewel of Kilkenny with safe green spaces... but its not.

The Bianco site needs to be demolished, remediated and developed. The argument against development comes predominantly from O-I Glass; concerned any development would threaten their business and jobs. Given the factory coexists right next door to Kilkenny Primary School with over 320 pupils attending every week day and emissions have been assessed by the EPA as safe, any housing development in the area should not be an issue. Right?

The people of Kilkenny and surrounding areas support the continuation of the O-I Glass business and their contribution to the community and to jobs. However, we request this area get cleaned up, developed and made safe for the community to live in more safely and peacefully.

After over a decade, signatories of this petition have had enough. Ministers Rau and Hunter, approve the site for development and work with the owner, Peter Gregg, and the Charles Sturt Council to develop the site and rejuvenate the area. If not housing, then a marketplace, cafes and bars, a community garden, a park, a play-space, a sporting complex, a bike park, a skate park... just do something that creates a place and space for community to come together without their health or safety being put at risk. 

Thank you in anticipation.



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