Sunday, December 30, 2007
It would be a shame to let this day pass us by. It is our opportunity to offer our thanks to the leading light of Newcastle that has guided many a soul home to safe shores.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The Hon Peter Garrett
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts
Box 6022 House of Representatives
Parliament House Canberra ACT 2600
Nobbys Lighthouse - Controlled Action EPBC Act, Commonwealth Heritage Place
It is essential that the proposed development affecting the 150 year old Nobbys Lighthouse is rejected and the Conservation and Tourism plan for the whole Coal River Precinct SHR 1674 be publicly exhibited and adopted.
Attached is a copy of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement submission to the proponents of the Controlled Action. Nobbys Lighthouse, 20th July 2007. Also attached is a copy of the National Nomination, Coal River Heritage Park, prepared by the University’s Coal River Working Party under the chairmanship of Dr. Erik Eklund.
The national and world heritage value of Newcastle’s Coal River Heritage Park which includes the whole public foreshore through to the ocean with its heritage transition from Aboriginal and Convict to Colonial and modern times, should be acknowledged in any future development.
The Nobbys Lighthouse is a Commonwealth Heritage Place of special significance and the key heritage item on Nobbys Headland within the Coal River Precinct SHR 1674.
The proposed development that would impact on and impair the efficiency of Nobbys Lighthouse must be rejected.
We ask you to help the Parks and Playgrounds Movement and the people of Newcastle, protect, preserve and promote, their Nobbys Lighthouse as part of the Coal River Precinct SHR 1674.
A Freeman of the City of Newcastle
President Parks and Playgrounds Movement Inc.
A copy was sent with 2 electronic attachments to Peter.Garrett.MP@aph.gov.au 26/12/07 Enclosed with this letter: Copy of P&PM Submission to Controlled Dev. Copy of submission Controlled Development from combined conservation groups in NSW National Nomination Coal River Heritage Park, Newcastle University Coal River Working Party.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Fellow Citizens of
Nobbys Lighthouse should stand free as a lighthouse and a beacon to all. We don't need to sell off the Nobbys headland to open it to the public.
The wretched gate stopping public access to Nobbys Headland must be removed forthwith.
Click the link for a copy of the submission we made to the developer who would destroy Nobbys Lighthouse (re the Controlled Action Nobbys Lighthouse 20th July 2007).
Also read a copy of the National Nomination of the
This matter will not be finished until Newcastle has National recognition of the World Heritage value of this iconic Nobbys site within the whole Coal River Heritage Park which includes the entire public foreshore through to the ocean featuring a heritage continuum from Aboriginal and Convict to Colonial and modern times.
What we are seeing is a targeted action through the property development lobby that have the NSW Labor Party in their pocket.
They are a well entrenched vested interest cluster in Newcastle that is taking over Nobbys and other public ocean front sites at Newcastle at Fort Scratchley (Succeeded) Newcastle Baths, The Newcastle Bowling Club (In the process) and at the Merewether Surf Pavilion. Also at the headland at Catherine Hill Bay in Lake Macquarie
Given the representatives we have we may not be able to prevent the excesses of crass privatisation of our public foreshores at these other places but at Nobbys commercial interests are not content to take over the use of the Macquarie Pier for access to their development at Nobbys they have already scarred the Nobbys headland with a widened road way and turning area without development consent. They intend leasing most of Nobbys and the adjacent turning area and build another house on the headland for their manager, gut and extend the existing buildings for 8 motel styled units.
The last straw in all this is the proposal to swallow the 150 year old Lighthouse in a surrounding restaurant and takeaway and kitchen that destroys the lighthouse as a lighthouse that removes the view from Nobbys except for patrons inside the restaurant.
The public would be relegated to a stairway onto the roof of the restaurant at the pleasure of the owner. The public would not be able to have access in front of the lighthouse or restaurant. Nor would the public be allowed free access to see the operating lighthouse which is a unique heritage item and one of the earliest navigational aids on the Australian coast.
You are seeing ugly hand of blatant privatisation of Nobbys which could ultimately be sold off if the NSW Government continues in its current public asset sell off trend.
Please spread the word. I ask that all concerned citizens write to Prime Minister Mr Kevin Rudd and Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Mr Peter Garrett and ask that the Nobbys Lighthouse be saved from the impact of this development and that Nobbys be transferred to the National Parks Service.
They are the current legal issues that must be addressed but Novocastrians will also have a view on the Privatisation of Nobbys and the over building on this iconic site.
The breathtaking vista of our beautiful Newcastle from the summit of Nobbys is for all, not for the few who can afford it.
Freeman of the City of
Sunday, December 16, 2007
This is an extraordinary and unsatisfactory situation we find ourselves in after nearly 40 years of open and transparent community effort not even recognised or consulted.
A full enquiry should be made to investigate better Governance of the site. The way the Council and the former Federal Government has dealt with this matter is totally confusing and unsatisfactory.
President, Parks and Playgrounds Movement and Freeman of the City of Newcastle
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Parks and Playgrounds Movement seek your support for the National Nomination of the
The National recognition and further development of the
On behalf of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement in
We thank you for your help and ask you to Email your support to:
The Hon Peter Garrett MP,
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts Peter.Garrett.MP@aph.gov.au
Please advise me by return Email of the action you can take to support the national nomination..
Freeman of the City of
The Parks and Playgrounds Movement was brought to Newcastle (Australia) by the late Tom Farrell in 1952. The Parks and Playgrounds Movement of New South Wales was established in Sydney in the early 1930s. Its secretary was the late C E W Bean, the historian, lawyer and journalist. The Newcastle organisation was originally called the Northern Parks and Playgrounds Movement. Under the legendary Doug Lithgow the Movement was incorporated in 1999 under the Associations Incorporation Act of 1984, and continues the fight to safeguard the Hunter Region's Natural and Cultural Heritage. If you wish to become a member of the Parks and Playgrounds Movement Inc., please read throught our stated aims, and if you wish to support the organisation, fill out the registration form.
For information on our past campaigns please click here: http://www.geocities.com/parksandplaygrounds
President and Freeman of the City of Newcastle Australia