A fighting fund has been launched by the Save Manly Oval Alliance in a bid to stop the Manly Oval car park development for which a successful tenderer was selected by Manly Council on 12 April in an extraordinary meeting closed to the public. The DA for the carpark has been lodged today with the Joint Regional Planning Panel. It will be on public display for 28 days for comment.
Independent traffic studies have clearly shown that the proposed 500 space car park this will result in traffic chaos in Manly's CBD and surrounding areas of Fairlight and Balgowlah. The car park, which is possible due to the 99 year lease of the Whistler Street car park and Library sites for redevelopment, will only provide a minimal number of additional parking spaces, further away from the CBD.
It is a high-risk and expensive plan that will change the character of our historic Manly Oval for ever. The old car park and Library in Whistler Street are to be demolished for shops, apartments, offices and a new library on the 5th & 6th floor resulting in a major loss of ground floor community space.
FUNDS ARE URGENTLY NEEDED TO:
1. Take legal proceedings in the Land & Environment Court challenging the validity of Council's tendering process for the Manly Oval car park and the Whistler Street car park and library site.
2. Challenge the Development Application for the Oval Car Park. Experts in traffic, heritage, hydrology and the environment will be engaged to prepare expert reports for the Joint Regional Planning Panel who will be making the decision on whether the project proceeds.
3. Pay legal fees to the Environmental Defenders Office to pursue these cases.
Your support will save our Manly Village and unique Oval.
TOGETHER WE CAN STOP THIS!
Please help by Making A Donation - NOW.
WHO IS BEHIND THE FIGHTING FUND?
The challenge will be mounted by the Save Manly Oval Alliance (SMOA) which is an incorporated community association.
President: Jack Steggall, former local solicitor
Vice President: Jeremy Bingham, former Local Government Lawyer & former Lord Mayor of Sydney
Secretary: Roger Freney, economist and formerly Commonwealth Treasury
Treasurer: Ian Jones, Chartered accountant
Supporters include: Three former Mayors of Manly (ie Peter McDonald, Sue Sacker & Judy Mellows); former Local Member of Manly, David Barr; John Ferrarin former Director of JWT Partnership to name a few. See list here .. its impressive.
Candy Bingham, Deputy Mayor & Manly Ward Councillor on Northern Beaches Council. Background in marketing, public relations and community engagement. Author of five business books. Former Lady Mayoress of Sydney. Aka Candy Tymson.