(10am, Wednesday 17 October 2012, Mirvac Harold Park Display Suite, Harold Park)
Thank you Brett (Draffen - Mirvac CEO Development).
I'd like to acknowledge the original custodians of our land, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present. I also acknowledge the people of the 200 nations who live in our beautiful city.
I would also like to welcome the Hon Brad Hazzard, Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, and the Hon Gladys Berejiklan, Minister for Transport.
I am delighted to be here today.
Another one million people will be living in greater Sydney by 2026. Under the State Government's Metro Plan, City of Sydney will have to accommodate 61,000 new homes by 2036.
Pushing this growth to Sydney's fringe is not the answer. That option eats away at valuable farm land, forces people to travel long distances for work and other essentials, and would cost the community an extra $5 billion.
Renewing sites such as Harold Park will house our growing population, while protecting our heritage areas.
We've been working with the local community since 2009 to develop appropriate planning controls for Harold Park, which Council adopted in February 2011.
More recently, 15 City staff members worked for over 11 months with Mirvac to ensure we achieve the best possible result for the site and the local area.
We fought to retain control of the planning decisions on Harold Park, rather than lose them to the old Part 3A planning regime which saw Planning Ministers change building heights and density with the stroke of a pen.
Harold Park is well served by transport and the redevelopment will see more than a third of the site handed over for a new public park and also provide community facilities, affordable housing, improved connections for walking and bike riding and much needed new housing with higher sustainability targets.
The transformation of Harold Park will achieve lasting public benefits for the Glebe and Forest Lodge communities while also providing for future generations. It demonstrates what can be achieved when we work together to find housing solutions for Sydney's growing population.
I am delighted to be here for today's first breaking of the ground. Thank you.