Today, December 19, is the deadline for submissions about proposals for the North Parramatta Urban Renewal site. An urgent email from Bonney Djuric of the Parramatta Female Factory Precinct asks everyone to sign a petition requesting that the deadline be extended, at least until February 27, 2015.
She writes – “Proposed changes to planning controls pose a very real threat to the historic sites of the CUMBERLAND PRECINCT including the Parramatta convict Female Factory & Penitentiary for 1821 -1848 and the Parramatta Lunatic Asylum (now Cumberland Hospital); the Roman Catholic Orphan School – Australia’s first purpose built orphanage for Catholic children established in 1844 and re-purposed in 1887 as the Parramatta Girls Home and later as the Norma Parker Periodic Detention Centre for Females (1980-2010); Parramatta Gaol operating from 1842 until decommissioned in 2011.
“Changes to planning controls will allow the NSW Government to declare Parramatta North a site of State Significance effectively nullifying heritage and environmental protections enshrined in State Legislation. With these protections ‘switched off’ this would pave the way for excessive and unsympathetic development with rezoning for mixed use, commercial and residential development.”
Click here to sign the petition circulating through change.org.
In the photo above, Dr Geoff Lee, state MP for Parramatta, left, with Bonny Djuric and Professor Paul Ashton of UTS.