Duffy's Forest, NSW, Australia
Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation is dedicated to the preservation of the Iconic home of Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, and the location of the hit 1960’s TV series. Located at Duffy’s Forest in Sydney, this beautiful 13 hectare property is under constant threat of development. Our group is dedicated to making sure that this does not happen. We do not want to see another piece of Australian history lost to development. As one supporter has aptly said “Knocking down Waratah Park would be like knocking down the Opera House”.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

A very moving Video

This was emailed to me by one of the friends of Waratah.
I moved me to tears..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLRhGekzdmY&feature=fvw.

Penny

Thursday, October 15, 2009

3 Newspaper Articles

http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/preservation-proposal-for-skippy-park/

http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/council-seeks-to-acquire-lease-of-waratah-park/

http://manly-daily.whereilive.com.au/news/story/request-for-no-cost-lease-to-save-park/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Copy of Last nights Council Meeting Speech.

Last nights council meeting went well. I presented a case to council to lobby governemnt for Waratah park..


Good evening, Mayor, councilors and members of the Gallery 
My name is Penny Edmonds and I’m heading up the Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary support Group. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank coucillors for their time this evening and to the members of the gallery who have come along to show their support. 
Waratah Park was once home to Skippy, and is a magnificent 12-hectare sanctuary adjoining the spectacular Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which recently achieved national heritage listing for its outstanding biodiversity values. Waratah Park won international recognition as the quintessential Australian wildlife setting and served a crucial role as an ambassador for Australia's biodiversity and extraordinary natural environment. 
Tonight we ask council to investigate the opportunity for the inclusion of Waratah Park and the iconic rangers cottage into the State Heritage Register. At the very least I urge Council to heritage list this local historical site within the new LEP. 
We also ask council to call on the State Government to explain why a property development company has been able to acquire a lease on a ‘Tourist Nature Park’ without ministerial consent following liquidation of the previous conservation company Earth Sanctuary Pty Ltd. 
Council should notify the Minister for Lands, of its strong opposition to Waratah Park being privately acquired with the intention of any future subdivision.  
If the current lease is not valid and was obtained without ministerial consent as the EDO has advised is probably the case, the minister should be urged to refuse any application of assigning the lease of a former animal sanctuary to a property developer, particularly a company whose managing director is considered a fugitive by the Dubai authorities and is to be tried in his absence on fraud charges.  
We ask that council Declare to the Minister an interest in acquiring the lease at no financial cost and extending the lease for Waratah Park for the purpose of public recreation and environmental protection as stated in the draft proposal I have presented to council. Similar action was recently successful with Leichart Council acquiring a 99 lease over 40 hectares of the Callan Park site.  
The group urges Council to request the Minister immediately terminate the lease with Prudentia Investments due to its failure to  conduct activities in accordance with the purpose of the lease that is as ‘Tourist Nature Park’.  and hat Council will explore opportunities for a sustainable future for Waratah Park.  
We require that you do this quickly as time is of the essence and Prudentia are in the first stage of presenting a businesss case to the Minister.   
We believe that if Warringah Council were to be gifted the Park, it could be a wonderful place for our community, & visitors from around Australia and the world to visit once again. Unlimited possibilities exist.

We urge that council do all they can to not let this become another unwanted housing development and destroy an iconic piece of Australian history.  Our Bushland is fast being taken up by greedy developers without any concern for our native bushland or animals. 

Our group with the support of the Duffys Forest Residents Association will do all that we can to prevent an inappropriate development on this site.
We are greatly encouraged by Councils proactive approach in this matter.
Thank you.

Waratah Park Nature Reserve Foundation