Don't Block the Rocks
(Community Recognition Notices, 9 November 2022, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I commend the Millers Point Resident Action Group and local residents for their successful community campaign 'Don't Block The Rocks' to prevent harmful overdevelopment at Central Barangaroo. The community's challenge to careless planning proposals, overdevelopment and opaque decision making has helped protect historic public land on Sydney's harbour foreshore, including important views between the harbour and both Observatory Hill and Millers Point. The Don't Block the Rocks campaign effectively informed key representatives about the impacts on heritage, local residents, parkland and community. They were able to demonstrate the poor outcomes of the latest modifications to the planning scheme to government, media and community. The failure of this proposal is a testament to the campaign's success. This public land and urban heritage can now be enjoyed by current and future Sydneysiders. I make particular mention of contributions by Anne and Martin Crabb, Cormac Champion and Bernard Kelly.