Park safe from developers

Residents celebrate their efforts to stop the planned sell off of Gascoigne Reserve.

Story appeared in: Torch | June 19th, 2017

FORMER Bankstown councillors Alex Kuskoff and Jenny Golledge, who together with Birrong residents successfully campaigned to save Gascoigne Reserve from being rezoned for residential use, have finally celebrated their victory.
At the final meeting of the former Bankstown Council held on May 11, 2016, the night prior to the forced merger with Canterbury, Mr Kuskoff and Ms Golledge successfully moved a motion to retain Gascoigne Reserve as open park space.
The Draft North Central Bankstown Local Area Plan proposal to sell off Gascoigne Reserve, faced significant community opposition from residents who did not want to lose their cherished park.
The Department of Planning and Environment recently made a Gateway Determination upholding the former councillors' motion to save the reserve.
The residents, including Donna Pearman, met at Gascoigne Reserve last Friday to celebrate their victory.
"This is a real win for the community," Mrs Pearman said.
"What's come out of this battle is talk of the formation of a residents action group to formulate practical uses for the park.
"There been a few suggestions, including a community garden."
Mr Kuskoff said residents were relieved about the decision.
"I'm pleased to have been able to play a role in helping save Gascoyne Reserve from development," he said.
"It's important that planning decisions reflect community interests."
State MP for Bankstown, Tania Mihailuk, says local open spaces and reserves are a significant asset for in the community and congratulated Birrong residents.

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