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Sandon Point planning mess continues.



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Michael Organ MP

Greens Member for Cunningham

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4 March 2004

SANDON POINT PLANNING MESS CONTINUES

On the eve of Sandon Point community picket’s third anniversary Cunningham MP Michael Organ today told the House of Representatives that all levels of government must lift their game if they are ever to fix the Sandon Point “planning mess”.

“With the complicity of government - particularly Wollongong City Council and the NSW Labor government - much of the Aboriginal and European heritage of the Sandon Point site has been destroyed, or faces imminent destruction, despite concerted efforts by the local community in the courts and through normal channels”, Mr Organ said.

“Council and the State and Federal governments have repeatedly failed to listen to, or take on board, legitimate issues raised by individuals and groups who do not stand to make millions of dollars in profit from the destruction of Aboriginal heritage and the environment at Sandon Point.”

“In addition to that, the Cookson Plibrico factory which employs some 80 people is being threatened with closure because of noise which has emanated from this heavy industrial site for decades.”

“It’s clear that greed, and the development imperative, has been allowed to override community concern and significant environmental and cultural heritage values.”

“I applaud the work of the people involved in the Sandon Point community picket, and the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, and I look forward to joining in the 3rd anniversary celebrations on Saturday, 6 March.” Mr Organ said.

More from: Michael Organ MP 02 6277 4366, 0439 442 550 Allen Clark (Media Adviser) 0439 464 439 www.michaelorgan.org.au

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