19 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Stephan Knoll

Reverse John Rau's Legislation to stop Destruction of Adelaide's most beautiful Buildings

Adelaide is the world's 5th most liveable city, and much of it is due to our enviable built-up environment:  a healthy mix of beautiful heritage buildings, parklands as well as the modern.This balance between our heritage and modernity was developed successfully for over a century by the community working together: local residents and local councils deciding collectively.This was changed suddenly by former Minister John Rau who stripped residents and even councils from having a say in what is built with his new draconian legislation.  For major projects, now only a tick from bureaucrats in state government and their consultants - many of whom do not even live in Adelaide - is needed.Many fine buildings and parks have already been destroyed, and now Calvary Hospital in North Adelaide wants to demolish a grand 1850 heritage-listed home and gardens at 306 Ward Street, and replace them with mostly just a car park.This is a test case for 'Large Institutions' having free reign in the city or not.  If this is not stopped, there is nothing to hold back Calvary and other major institutions from spreading like a cancer, gobbling up neighbouring homes and shops, and turning loved suburbs in to barren acres of high rises and desolate car parks.This petition asks Minister Stephan Knoll, the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Local Government, and Minister for Planning to IMMEDIATELY reverse the John Rau's legislation and allow us citizens and councils to again have a say in what is built in our communities.More information is at and

Fans and Residents of North Adelaide
526 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mick Gentleman

Campbell, ACT historical ‘neighbourhood’ concept lost to rezoning

Please sign this petition if you are willing to support my appeal for reconsideration of suburban rezoning regulations in Campbell to protect Australia's first designed ‘neighbourhood-style’ suburb THE SUBURB CAMPBELL, ACT: home to a diverse community, a situation brought about by its urban design, links to with the military (Duntroon), proximity to the city centre and multi-purpose residential accommodation.  Campbell, designed in 1951 by Trevor Gibson and Constance Jackson is the first neighbourhood-style planned suburb in Australia.  Current residential rezoning is threatening its historic character.  THE ‘NEIGHBOURHOOD CONCEPT’ STARTED IN CAMPBELL:  Campbell was a little renegade for its time.  Town planners were implementing a more orderly suburb design.  Campbell, however, took a new turn and adopted urban planning principles from the British and US.  The vision was to create a neighbourhood to accommodate a diverse community with: 1.      Major arterial roads and through traffic that do not pass through residential areas. Instead these streets provide boundaries of the neighbourhood. 2.      Interior streets use curvilinear layout, culs-de-sac and light duty surfaces patterns to encourage quiet, safe, low-volume traffic movement and preserve residential atmosphere 3.      The population of the neighbourhood to support about 4000 people (currently >10,000 people) THE HISTORY:  Mr Alan Foskett has captured the depth of Campbell’s history in two books, “The Campbell Community” and “The Campbell community revisited”.  His dedicated research takes us back when the suburb of Campbell was named.  Foskett’s research share photos of residents, houses, businesses and schools. He recounts memoirs spanning over sixty years.  He describes how in 1951, town planner Trevor Gibson designed Campbell making it Australia's first neighbourhood-style suburb.   WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW:  The revised residential zoning in Campbell allows a maximum of four dwellings to be built per block.  In the past two years, the number of single home demolitions nearly tripled making way for the construction of multiple dwellings on a single block.  Campbell was designed to host about 4000-5000 residents.  This community has spilled to more than 10,000 people.  This petition is to support the conservation of this historical suburb by switching the residential zoning code from allowing four dwellings to maximum of two dwellings per block.    A BALANCE HAS BEEN REACHED:  An adequate mix of single to multi-development dwellings has been achieved in Campbell.  With the addition of six major apartment blocks on Campbell5 and constitutional avenue, Campbell’s ratio of single dwellings to apartments and townhouses is now approximately 50:50. These new developments complement our existing public housing located near the Campbell shops, enabling low to medium density to co-exist.  Further infilling, allowed by the current residential zoning only serves the purpose of over-developing the area and further compromising the intended neighbourhood characteristics of the suburbs.  AN EXAMPLE, JACKA CRESCENT: A 180 meter stretch of Jacka Crescent has eleven blocks of which three are already multiple dwelling the rest are single dwelling but approval has been given to four of these blocks to be filled with a total of 14 dwellings, thereby completely changing the intended character of the street.   MY APPEAL TO PRESERVE THE HISTORIC SUBURB OF CAMPBELL AND SUSTAIN THE INTENTED NEIGHBOURHOOD CHARM: by signing this petition you will be supporting my appeal to Yvette Berry, Minister for suburban Development and Mick Gentleman, Minister for Environment and Heritage requesting the zoning in Campbell be reduced to allow a maximum of two dwellings to ensure further change and transformation of the street is minimised, the intended neighbourhood characteristics of the suburb are maintained and public safety is prioritised.   

Luisa Capezio
409 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Robert Emerson, Alicja Batorowicz, The Hon Gabrielle Upton, North Sydney Council, Mayor Jilly Gibson

SOS - Save Our Stairs (before the 11th March 2018!)

North Sydney Council has planned a major upgrade of the stairs leading from Waiwera Street to Watt Park. This has been done without recent community consultation or notifying local residents; with Council justification being simply that the current stairs are no longer BCA compliant. We are unsure if the proper procedures (as outlined in the Local Government Act 1993) have been adhered to; as no-one who is across the project is available to provide the community with further information until after the date the project is due to commence, despite repeated requests. Given the recent independent Public Inquiry into North Sydney Council, and the Performance Improvement Order issued in 2014, this is of particular concern. These stairs are within a park that is heritage listed, encompassed within a Conservation Area. The landscape contains both a natural sandstone amphitheatre and a number of mature trees; and is home to various species of native Australian wildlife, most of which are protected by law (including the Australian brush turkey, bats, magpies, parrots, and possums). North Sydney Council's proposal to remove the current concrete and sandstone staircase, in favour of a suspended steel staircase, will irreparably damage the beauty of this park. Additionally, the council has (currently undisclosed) plans for adding retaining walls, removal of overgrown planting, provision of additional planting, and installation of handrails and lighting. This will destroy the aesthetic of the park, which currently has a natural Australian bushland feel (unusual for the high density area that is North Sydney, and different in character to other parks in the area). This is part of what attracts visitors, particularly those from overseas, to the park. Residents who live around the park are also likely to be impacted by changes to the staircase, including the ability for the general public to see directly into surrounding apartments. Waiwera Street is already a narrow, one-way street; this modification could also adversely affect local traffic. Watt Park already has several points of access, including via Lavender Crescent (vehicles and access for those with limited mobility); via staircases adjacent to Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden; and level access via the boardwalk near Luna Park. Additional access to the Lavender Bay foreshore is also available in the form of BCA compliant steps at the bottom of King George Street (a 150m walk from the Waiwera Street steps). We are calling on North Sydney Council to immediately halt planned major works (scheduled to commence on 15th January 2018); and perform a minor safety upgrade only to the current stairs after consultation with the local community. These stairs should retain their historical character; and remain an access route that blends in to the surrounding natural and built environment.   

Belinda Campbell
821 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, John Sidoti MP

Save our historic Drummoyne Reservoir

Last year the City of Canada Bay wrote to the NSW Government calling on them to unlock Drummoyne's Reservoir and Water Tower by dedicating it to Council to be used for public recreation and much needed open space. Tragically, Sydney Water this week has announced that they intend to move forward with the sale of the iconic Inner Sydney landmark, located on Rawson Avenue Drummoyne. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transfer this valuable site to our community, as once the site is sold it is lost to the public forever. Drummoyne Reservoir is only reservoir with its tower surviving in Sydney and is listed both on the State Heritage Inventory and in the NSW State Heritage Register. It's been a part of the Drummoyne's history since 1913 and it is up to us to make it clear to this State Government that we don't want it sold off to the highest bidder. The sale of the site on the open market could lead to a number of undesirable consequences. In the worst case scenario it could result in significant residential development. I ask all residents, local businesses and visitors to our area to sign our petition calling for Premier Berejiklian to: Retain Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower as a public asset by bestowing it to the City of Canada Bay Council. Provide sufficient funding to restore and remediate the Drummoyne Reservoir and Tower, recognising Sydney Water's legacy obligation as an owner of the historic site. Support the City of Canada Bay Council’s proposal to: Develop a Conservation Management Plan for the adaptive reuse of the reservoir, and for the residue land to be used as a public park following handover, Repurpose the land for use as a public park following handover.

Mayor Angelo Tsirekas
1,575 supporters