North West Sydney
Labors Western Sydney population con job. PM called on to fund a new Western Sydney Green Belt
The other hand of the con job is that, running parallel to Julia Gillard's rhetoric on slowing down population growth in Western Sydney, we have Peter Garrett colluding with Tony Kelly, the NSW Planning Minister, on a Federal Government Strategic Assessment of the Sydney Growth Centres that if allowed ensures even more development and population growth. If Garrett supports Tony Kelly by approving this Strategic Assessment it rips $280 million in conservation funding out of Western Sydney which was originally promised by the NSW Government to be spent acquiring for conservation some of the last great remnants of bushland. Conserving land means less development, more breathing space and therefore less population. Development equals population. Developers are the main advocates of increasing Australia's population. Developers are typically in bed with politicians. The rip off of this $280 million, through Garrett' imminent approval, sends the signal that the Australian Government has joined the NSW Government in giving up on Western Sydney's environment and its open season for developers to rape and pillage what's left of the Cumberland Plain.
The hypocrisy demonstrated by Julia Gillard and Peter Garrett is truly amazing.
The Western Sydney Conservation Alliance met with David Bradbury the Labor member for the marginal seat of Lindsay and presented him with a letter to take to his Party leaders. It calls on the ALP to not rip off Western Sydney but to invest $100 million to assist protect in perpetuity the Cumberland Conservation Corridor, a new Western Sydney Green Belt. WSCA has called on the Australian Government to commit to the $100 million funding as it is a tangible outcome to prove its commitment to Western Sydney and an ecologically sustainable population for Australia. The WSCA letter includes numerous other suggestions that the ALP should take up.
The local Greens have joined WSCA and called on the ALP to honour this election commitment to Western Sydney
Read the full WSCA letter to the ALP here http://www.wsca.org.au/federal_election_...