26 February 2019
Infrastructure NSW has failed to assess the condition of adjacent homes and the Victoria Barracks in heritage Paddington or Busby’s Bore in the parklands in its pre-construction dilapidation report even though major vibrations from demolishing the 30-year old stadium are expected. Redevelopments of this nature normally ensure a wider assessment but only property immediately surrounding the stadium has been looked at. If cracks in walls or foundations of homes for example are suspected as a result of the works, it will be difficult for property owners to get compensation. I don’t believe Infrastructure NSW is complying with its pre-construction dilapidation assessment consent conditions and have asked the planning minister to urgently intervene before demolition commences. Read my letter HERE.
Meanwhile the advocacy group Local Democracy Matters has a court case seeking to halt the demolition, with a temporary injunction imposed over the weekend.