By June Bullivant OAM and Suzette Mead
The Granville and Parramatta communities have had an enormous shock.
We have been involved in the area since the 1970s in that time we have become known to hundreds of people, we are known for our love and passion for the area, we research, record, collect and then we teach, we are answering phone calls, talking in the queue for the teller, the super market, in the local club and coffee shop there is worried discussions.
People are afraid. The person that they elected at the last local government elections has now been removed from his or her office, and they have lost their phones, their office, also their access to the local information. It is like an operation that has amputated a leg or an arm. We have never seen the level of unrest since WW2. People are fearful of what is happening to the area that they have called home for years. They are watching the giant blocks of units rise from the ground and wonder if they will be swallowed in the process.
And what is all the more terrifying is that strangers are being put in charge, who have nothing to do with the area, do not know the history, and what is more worrying is that they have the final say in what happens to our suburb. They are not historians, they are not planners, they do not know or care about the environment, and they have been carefully selected to do the most harm they can before they will allow elections to take place. They are UNELECTED STRANGERS hired to push through the Baird Government plans.
We are all waking up to what this state Liberal Government is up to – the amalgamations are designed to facilitate liberal domination hence a free-for-all for developers – Sydney is being trashed by the big end of town who donate to the Liberal Party – payback time has arrived and developers won’t have to deal with troublesome local councillors or residents, businesses and visitors.
Overriding local planning rules, removing councillors, and giving access to council assets and services is all in the plan. It is a cynical and well-planned strategy to exploit Sydney’s desirable geography and ignore existing communities, human values and the huge amount of work put in by councillors, officers and the wider community.
Democracy has become meaningless in NSW, and indeed Australia.