What Do I Stand For?
My Vision: Planning and Urban Growth

We are told that our population is to grow by nearly 40% over the next twenty years.

State Government and Council planners simply must look beyond the next election.

It’s not rocket science – consider, for example, what Dr John Bradfield achieved for NSW commuter transport in the first quarter of the last century by building most of the suburban train network.

It’s not smart for State Governments and our Council:

  • To sit back and watch traffic volumes grow on our backstreets and then express surprise when gridlock occurs;
  • To restrict the number of parking spaces in new developments to one space for two apartments and then wonder why on-street parking is at a premium and often inadequate;
  • To think that decades of planning inaction and ineptitude can be solved by painting exotic lane markings and erecting complex road signs;
  • To claim accuracy in population forecasts and then be shocked when overcrowding occurs in the schools and race around erecting portable classroom;
  • To ignore the axiom that open space is vitally important in the development and sustainability of communities and then be amazed at the lack of parks and sporting facilities;
  • To allow infrastructure to fall in to wrack and ruin for declaring not enough money is available for maintenance whilst sitting on large property holdings that could be sold off to cover the capital shortfall.

Matters that are directly or indirectly relevant to Wollstonecraft Ward

  • North Sydney Olympic Pool:
    • rebuild it;
    • address the traffic problems that will flow from an increase in usage from around 300,000 to 600,000 patrons each year; and
    • ensure noise management takes into account the residential character of Milsons Point.
  • Cliff Street (Harry’s Park extension/Northcliff Park) – complete and extend it over the remaining cliff top area.
  • Plans of Management – do not allow ad hoc defeatures to satisfy narrow populist agitation.
  • Zoning:
    • Reduce the permitted uses in the “B4” zone (Milsons Point and Neutral Bay) to those that are sensibly compatible with the residential character of the areas;
    • Resist ad hoc approaches to changes in zoning that invariably lead to sudden and unexpected changes to the character of the area the subject of the change with a flow on affect to a larger area. 
  • Luna Park:
    • require compliance with planning codes;
    • have the 1998 Plan of Management made prescriptive;
    • drive the release of 2016 ‘secret agreement’ between State  and Government and Luna Park (Multiplex).
  • Bradfield Park South. Investigate the development of underground tourist bus and car parking facility with parkland.
  • Harbour Bridge cycle way:
    • Reintroduction of barriers for bicycles using western side of Harbour Bridge in order to reduce accidents caused to pedestrians; and
    • Bar any addition to the cycleway that takes from Bradfield Park.
  • Additional garbage bins at waterfront locations at Milsons Point and parklands with sufficient clearances to prevent overflowing.
  • The Peter Kingston sculptures – secure heritage recognition.
  • Wendy’s “Secret” Garden:
    • council to acquire and, 
    • in consultation with Wendy Whiteley, put in place a long-term management plan that ensures Wendy’s great work is not degraded or lost.
  • Sydney Harbour High Line – encourage the Government to fund and facilitate its construction.
  • 1 Henry Lawson Avenue – drive the State Government to purchase the site and include it in Blues Point Reserve.
  • Berry’s Bay redevelopment: 
    • Have unused land transferred to North Sydney Council for foreshore parkland;
    • Support for organisations such as The Sydney Heritage Fleet to establish a presence in the bay and to investigate the use of Woodley’s boat shed;
    • Have the State Government finalise the transfer to the Old Quarantine Station buildings to North Sydney Council;
    • Have North Sydney Council and the Waverton Precinct to develop an overall plan for the Waverton Parklands including Balls Head; and
    • Support North Sydney Council request for the State Heritage Commission to list the Coal Loader Complex as “A Heritage Site”.
  • St Leonards Park & North Sydney Oval – review options for each area and push for State Government grant for the proposals that are widely supported by the Community.
  • Repurpose Cammeray Golf course for the benefit of a wide range sporting activities following its shrinkage course by the Bridges tunnel complex
  • Future use of airspace above Metro Stations – Victoria Cross (Miller Street) McLaren and Miller Streets and Crow’s Nest (Tunks ward).

EDUCATION

Retain and acquire land for educational purposes.

MEDICAL SERVICES

Conduct an audit of the delivery of health services to ensure they are aligned with community needs and delivered in a cost effective way.

AGED CARE

Areas above the Metro station at Crows Nest may be retained for much needed aged care facilities.

URBAN PLANNING

Plan sustainable cities recognising the importance of green spaces to human and environmental health. Keep public land off developers’ tables.

WENDY'S GARDEN

Wendy’s Secret Garden should permanently be designated as a public space. The Government should commit to retaining valuable public spaces such as this.

HERITAGE FLEET

The Heritage Fleet needs a home – a place to moor some of its amazing vessels that’s accessible to the public. Berrys Bay, with its long association with the maritime industry and connection to the Sydney Harbour Highline offers a perfect spot and it’s available now.