Monday 25th of January 2021

the nasty bastards who see history in the way of their new toys, are at it again...


Construction of a new metro station and development at White Bay has cast doubt over the future of the nearby heritage-listed power station, with the state’s Treasurer suggesting it should be knocked down.

A day after committing to a mammoth $107 billion infrastructure pipeline in the state budget, the NSW government on Wednesday officially began work on the largest transport project in Australian history: Metro West.

“It’s full of asbestos, it’s a highly contaminated site, it really adds no value... but we’ve got to work through a process in terms of the decision of government.”

The government in 2016 indicated the White Bay Power Station was being considered by major tech companies, including Google, though by 2017 the plan had fallen through.

In question time on Wednesday Treasurer Dominic Perrottet suggested the building be demolished.

“What’s that building that’s behind it, the rave cave. Shocking building, it should be knocked down like the Sirius Building - I lost that one,” he said, referring to the brutalist harbourside building once used for social housing.

The longest-serving power station in Sydney, it was built between 1912-17 to supply power to the Sydney railway and tramway system before being expanded to the Electricity Commission of NSW. It was decommissioned in 1984.

The 24-kilometre rail line linking Parramatta to the CBD in about 20 minutes is set to open by 2030, including stations at White Bay, Five Dock, Sydney Olympic Park and Westmead.



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This is BULLSHIT! The site is like a CATHEDRAL to the history of this State of New South Wales. The Rozelle Power Station NEEDS TO BE PRESERVED AND RE-USED as a hub of scientific value for the future... Fuck off, Liberal VANDALS!


And either way, the "contamination" would have to be "displaced"... The SMART WAY is to seal-off the "contamination" under coatings of impermeous materials such as epoxy paints and waterproofing membranes. AND THIS WOULD COST FAR LESS that having to bury rubbles somewhere else... What about burying it at the new Sydney Airport site?

Imbeciles! Vandals! Idiots! Bonking Loonies!

this is a cathedral...


For a generation, Battersea power station has been standing empty, noble but slowly rotting, while all around it the unending boom in London domestic property has made its surroundings shinier and pricier. This is the land of "Soanlies" (as in " 's only 10 minutes from Sloane Square"), an almost-Chelsea with almost-Chelsea values. In the early 1980s, a lot of London looked as scabrous as the power station; now it is the capital's last great ruin. It is like a malodorous grandparent who refuses to do the decent thing and die, so that his heirs can put a Bulthaup kitchen in the family home.

Over the past few months calls for its euthanasia have gathered pace, prompted by the fact that bids are currently being considered for the site – of which the most eye-catching is Chelsea FC's proposal to retain fragments of the building and engulf them in a new stadium. The built asset consultancy EC Harris announced that the site would be worth an extra £470m if it were knocked down, and declared that "the economic situation requires practical thinking, and one should consider whether heritage is more important than profit".

The property journalist Giles Barrie said that "the only people who want Battersea power station retained are a few ancient hippies … in the worst financial crisis since the era of Harold Wilson and Ted Heath, it's time to drop Battersea power station – and provide thousands of new homes".

You might see Barrie's point. Battersea has now spent longer as an urban problem than it did producing electricity at full capacity. Except that the same argument was applied to St Pancras station, with its palatial neo-gothic Midland Grand hotel, which was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, grandfather of the power station's architect, Sir Giles. Indeed this argument was used repeatedly. In the Wilson/Heath era to which Barrie refers, the hotel was declared an impossible luxury, a drain on hard-pressed national resources, an unsolvable problem. It did indeed stand empty for decades. But last year it was triumphantly reopened, and no sane person would want it removed.

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And remember Brian immortal words in New Tricks: This is a CATHEDRAL...


The Rozelle Power station is EVEN FAR BETTER THAN THE BATTERSEA ONE...


the libs are toxic...

NSW's transport agency was in chaos on Wednesday night after the sudden resignation of its chief and the referral of the department to the anti-corruption watchdog about a toxic land deal in Parramatta.

Transport for NSW secretary Rodd Staples told staff in an email on Wednesday afternoon that he knew the news of his departure would come as a surprise and that he had "mixed emotions" about the decision. He gave no explanation for his departure.

It comes two days after revelations by the Herald that the NSW government paid three times as much as the Valuer-General's estimate for a parcel of highly contaminated land in Camellia that earned Sydney property developer Billbergia a $15 million windfall in a matter of months.

NSW Labor finance spokesman Daniel Mookhey said remediation of the land could cost taxpayers anywhere from $100 million to $700 million.



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Gladys should resign. Read from top.


moving the goal posts of rezoning, for developers...

Premier Gladys Berejiklian moved the Greater Sydney Commission under her control against the advice of a key departmental boss two months after a secret lobbying push by a group including big business and developers.

A group of prominent Sydney identities wrote a confidential letter to the Premier in March 2018 urging her to seize ministerial control of the commission, which then fell under the Department of Planning.

Among the signatories were Sydney Business Chamber directors and the president of the peak body for developers.

It was delivered just weeks after Department of Planning secretary Carolyn McNally vehemently opposed the move, warning it risked creating uncertainty and confusion, and that it offered no obvious benefits to NSW.

The letter was penned in the same month the Greater Sydney Commission released a report that was unpopular with developers because it recommended industrial land be protected from being rezoned for high-rise residential purposes.

A few months earlier, Ms Berejiklian’s secret lover, disgraced MP Daryl Maguire, had been intercepted by ICAC complaining to her that the Greater Sydney Commission was causing “big problems” with his prospective land deal near Western Sydney Airport.

Ms Berejiklian delivered her verdict in June 2018, opting to take control of the commission.

On Sunday, a spokesperson for the Premier said that the decision was “based on a request from the Greater Sydney Commission”.

A spokesman for the commission confirmed it was supportive of its relocation, saying the move allowed for better coordination of the implementation of its plans.

“It is standard government practice for whole-of-government and cross-agency work to be driven from the centre of government, as is the case with Infrastructure NSW,” he said.

Legislation had also been changed, removing the commission’s powers to rezone land and determine development applications, he noted.

The commission sets the blueprint for development and growth across Sydney.

The 2018 lobbying push can be revealed after the letter was tabled in parliament - and obtained by the Herald - following a call for papers by One Nation MP Mark Latham.

Its signatories included Arthur Ilias, then NSW president of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, which represents developers, and Michael Rose, chair of urban policy think tank Committee for Sydney.

It was also signed by Sydney Business Chamber directors Patricia Forsythe and David Borger and Christopher Brown, chair of the Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue.

A physical copy of the letter was mailed to the Premier, but Mr Brown also emailed her an advance copy because of “pressing timing issues”.

"This is intended as private correspondence to the Premier and we will not be making it available to the media,” Mr Brown wrote.

The non-profit Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue aims to stimulate discussion between a broad cross-section of community leaders, its partners including councils, government agencies, universities and businesses.

However the letter was so confidential Mr Brown said it would not be shared with the dialogue’s partners.

"Obviously I cannot speak for my colleagues who have membership bases they represent and possible need for further disclosure,” Mr Brown wrote.

Mr Brown argued the relocation of the Greater Sydney Commission would add greater certainty to the delivery of urban renewal precincts and bolster community confidence in planning.

The letter said the change would remove the confusion for industry navigating often “conflicting relationships” between the Department of Planning and Greater Sydney Commission.

“We do not believe the GSC should be beholden to any single department,” the letter said.

The view was countered by Ms McNally, who listed more than a dozen reasons why the Premier should not remove the agency from her department’s control, according to advice published by TheAustralian. 

Aside from his role with the Western Sydney Dialogue, Mr Brown is the executive chair of Taylor Street Advisory, a corporate advisory, strategy, public affairs and communications firm.

The firm’s clients include Lendlease, John Holland and Celestino, the development arm of poultry empire Baida which has plans for a $5 billion science park next to Western Sydney Airport.


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Gladys and her cabinet of philistines should have resigned and called new elections for NSW. They are toxic. Read from top.