Calling all Strathfield residents - take a selfie snap to save Enfield Park

Residents and local politicians are being urged to join a mass rally to help those living in Enfield win back recreational land they believe is their compensation for living next to a major transport hub.

The protest is aimed at putting pressure on the State Government and NSW Ports to deliver “Enfield Park”, a 5ha site next to the Enfield Intermodal Centre.

The centre, scheduled to open officially this year, can handle as many as 600 trucks a week as well as rail movements. It is designed to be a transit centre for the city and Parramatta.

Mayor Daniel Bott is encouraging residents, federal and state MPs and councillors to join the protest at a date to be announced.

He is also encouraging a novel form of picture protest, suggesting residents take pictures and selfies with the sign that has been erected outside Port Enfield.

Last month, Strathfield Council erected the notice board which says: “Welcome to ‘Enfield Park’. Home of the Green and Golden Bell Frog. Closed due to State Government rezoning”.

Cr Bott is asking protesters to upload their photos with the sign onto Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media outlets and launch an online campaign.

“Both Bankstown and Canterbury councils have got on board with the protest and will be joining forces with us” he said. “We have got the support of Auburn MP Barbara Perry, Bankstown Mayor Khal Asfour, shadow minister for ports Ron Hoenig and Member for Lakemba Robert Furolo.

“We are sick and tired of waiting around and we need to get as many supporters as possible for this protest. We need to be able to show the State Government and NSW Ports that we want something done now.”

The southern side of the site was originally designated by Strathfield Council in its Local Environmental Plan, as recreational green space.

A year ago, state planners overruled that designation and rezoned it industrial.

Residents were devastated at the news that up to 600 trucks a week would now clog up their roads.

The land was suppose to be compensation for bearing the brunt of the damage to their neighbourhood for a centre that will benefit the entire state.

“There needs to be plenty of attention drawn to this issue because we just want the park back. It is only a small price that the residents have to pay before this becomes a full blown out industrial area which will be full of trucks and pollution,” Cr Bott said.

Council also plans to letterbox drop residents to encourage them to attend the community rally.


Comments

Population is increasing & more consumers are in cities. If we reduced our consumption & do some individual research on our carbon footprint, we may perhaps alter the way transportation of goods affecting our suburbs?! It involves more than green space. How many residents in the inner west are prepared to read the govt policies? :) http://www.aph.gov.au/~/media/wopapub/senate/committee/sgfm_ctte/submiss... * http://www.colliers.com.au/~/media/Files/Corporate/Research/Speciality%2...

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