Camden Council Election 10 Sept 2016: STOP the BLOC

Stop the Bloc! 

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On Saturday 10 September 9 Councillors will be elected, three in each of the  Central , North  and South Wards.

Your vote may save Camden’s heritage, as well as going towards restoring democracy and removing bloc voting and partisan politics from Camden Council (1).  The significance of the old town of Camden, founded in 1836, is not understood by the existing party-political voting bloc . Anyone with an understanding of Camden’s rich history and place in the story of Australia would not :

  • consider undoing its heritage protections, as Camden Council earmarked our money for at its Ordinary Meeting of 28 June 2016;
  • gone to press extolling the virtues of a development proposal that did not comply with its own planning instruments on height, heritage and flooding (2);
  • ignore its own consultants reports on traffic and parking (3);
  • consider building a decked car park in a heritage precinct, and certainly not one that is to be constructed to take additional decks in the future in contravention of the height limit;
  • ignore the community’s views and make decisions behind closed doors before any consultation (4);
  • produce a Vision (5) supposedly based on community consultation and paying lip service to heritage and community views  but also stating that heritage and height protections constrain economic activity. This Vision does not cite any evidence for its statements about needing to investigate heritage and height planning provisions and is indeed against the official submission (6) and publicly stated views of the Chamber of Commerce about the competitive advantages of retaining and enhancing the rural and historic character of Camden (7).

 

(1) Blog (2015) The Bloc. How voting changed under this new council Available at http://camdencommunitynsw.weebly.com/blog/how-voting-changed-under-this-new-council

(2) Willis Ian (2016) More Developments at the Camden Milk Depot Camden Vale Milk Depot Saga DA 2016/169 Available at http://camdenhistorynotes.blogspot.com.au/2016/06/more-developments-at-camden-milk-depot.html

(3) Consultant Studies:

Brown (2014) Multi Storey Car Park Study April 2014 Reference Number: X13060.01. Available at  http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/Major-Projects/2015/Camden-Town-Centre/Camden-Town-Centre-Multi-Storey-Car-Park-Study-April-2014.pdf

Brown (2013) Camden Town Centre Traffic and Transport Study September 2013 Reference Number: X13060. Available at http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/Major-Projects/2015/Camden-Town-Centre/Camden-Town-Centre-Traffic-and-Transport-Study-September-2013.pdf

(4) Willis Ian (2016) Force or farce Community consultation in local government Available at  https://www.academia.edu/26423228/Force_or_farce_Community_consultation_in_local_government

(5) Camden Council (December 2014) Camden Town Centre Vision:  Our future Camden  Available at http://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/assets/pdf/CamdenTownCentre/WEB-15-73062-Camden-Town-Centre-Vision-Report-09-04-2015-.PDF

(6) Camden Chamber of Commerce (17 September 2014) Re: Camden Town Centre Enhancement Strategy Available at http://assets.camdenchamber.com.au/files/Resources/ChamberSubmissionreproposedinterventionsV6140917.pdf

(7) For instance see:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sydneys-last-country-town-camden-divided-by-town-centre-revamp-20150615-ghnzxs.html

http://www.camdenadvertiser.com.au/story/2579043/camden-council-cuts-ties-with-camden-chamber-of-commerce/