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.
Tonight we ask council to investigate the opportunity for the inclusion of
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. Waratah Park
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 ‘
’ without ministerial consent following liquidation of the previous conservation company Earth Sanctuary Pty Ltd. Tourist Nature Park
Council should notify the Minister for Lands, of its strong opposition to
being privately acquired with the intention of any future subdivision. Waratah Park
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
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 Waratah Park site. Callan Park
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 ‘
’. and hat Council will explore opportunities for a sustainable future for Tourist Nature Park . 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
and the world to visit once again. Unlimited possibilities exist. Australia
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.