You would be forgiven for thinking that TCorp (part of NSW Treasury) had given the Manly 2015 Plan the tick of approval - after all, all of Manly Council's promotional materials, including their Fact Sheet, brochure and 2015 website stated: "Manly2015 has been independently assessed by KPMG and TCorp" .... not so!
Thanks to the hard work of the Good For Manly team, Council has now had to withdraw this statement and when asked is stating: "TCorp did not independently examine any of the business cases or financial assumptions of the individual projects". But that's just the beginning.
Recently a meeting of all eight resident Precincts Executives on 19th August, 2013, resolved: "The precincts are opposed to Manly 2015 Masterplan in its current format and they want Council to:
1. Explore other options for the car park and library redevelopment
2. Include all major prospective developments, including Royal Far West, Manly Hospital & Manly Village Public School projects to fall within a more comprehensive Manly Masterplan.
The Precincts expressed concern about the major technical, environmental and economic risks associated with the proposed car park as well as the potential for a serious negative impact on the future rates of Manly residents relocating the Whistler Street car park to under Manly oval.
The movement against the car park under the Oval is growing despite Mayor Jean Hay's assurances that all proper processes will be followed.
Good for Manly's financial experts have found that the budget figures for Manly2015 are flawed. For more on this, watch the quick video below:
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.