Residents to make rezone plea to council

Report backspark rezoneRESIDENTS are hopeful that one final plea to Bathurst Regional Council will save Alec Lamberton Park from being rezoned.
Nanjing Night Net

A report to be considered by councillors at a meeting on Wednesday night recommends a partial rezone of the disused playing fields on the city’s south-west entrance.

White Rock Progress Association president Max Wilson said there was a “strong community reaction” to council’sproposed changes.

But the community’s hopes for it to be left as open space, oralternatively create a nature reserve/botanic garden with an Aboriginal cultural focus, have gone unanswered.

“I was a bit taken aback that they had moved forward with this operational classification,” Mr Wilson said.

“To rezone it as industrial could make it look like a messy backyard, backdoor entranceto our city.”

The report to councillorsby acting environmental, planning and building services director Richard Denyer assessed the land in “three distinct levels” and recommended some rezoning.

“I just don’t believe it preserves the integrity of the recreational land,” Mr Wilson said of the report’s recommendations.

“What concerns community people and other interested environmental groups is the re-classification suggestion that 70.1 per centwill be reclassified as operational.Operational means council has the overarchingright to sell or lease the land.

“This casts a shadow of doubt over the future of this site as councilhas the ultimate power to determine the future of the land.”

At Wednesday night’s council meeting, Mr Wilson said he will have three minutes to “pleadmy case” to councillors before they vote.

“It’s the last throw of the dice,” he said.

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