Council throws weight behind Save Marrickville Rally
Inner West Council is supporting a rally against overdevelopment in Marrickville, organised by the Save Marrickville group.
The public rally will be held on Saturday 24 February at 12pm in the Marrickville Town Hall forecourt. Comedian and social activist Tommy Dean is lending his voice to the fight and will be emceeing at the rally.
Inner West Mayor Darcy Byrne said that the community needs to send a clear message to multinational developer MIRVAC.
“We won’t stand for their absurd overdevelopment proposal for Carrington Road,” he said.
“Marrickville is facing an unprecedented level of overdevelopment, with MIRVAC’s proposal for 2,616 new units.
“Those towers could be up to 35 storeys in height.
“It’s coupled with the State Government’s Sydenham to Bankstown strategy resulting in 6,000 new dwellings for the Marrickville Station Precinct.
“Our Council is determined to fight alongside the community to prevent the State Government from turning the inner west into a developer’s playground.
“With the future of Marrickville at stake, we call on the community to turn out at the rally if we are to have any chance of forcing the State Government and MIRVAC to back off.”
Council is concerned that the Carrington Road proposal will lead to:
- Complete elimination of industrial land in the precinct, including the loss of nearly 150 businesses and 1,440 jobs.
- Loss of heritage and local character.
- An established precedent for high-density residential development on our side of the Cooks River.
- Massive increases in traffic movements throughout Marrickville and Tempe.
- The potential decline of businesses on Marrickville and Illawarra Roads due to the huge commercial and retail component of the development.
- Unsustainable pressures on already heavily used active and passive recreation spaces.