Cemetery bid for market garden a greedy land grab SMH 18 April 2012
Comments by George Passas that ”the heritage value of the gardens was a ‘ruse”’ clearly show he has no understanding of, or respect for, a state heritage listing. Ever since he attempted to grab the whole seven hectares of heritage-listed food-producing market gardens at Phillip Bay, La Perouse, over four years ago, and when not successful decided to then go for 60 per cent, he has attempted to ride roughshod over those whose labour produces food for the local population. What is he doing on land which is not leased to him and why have Crown Lands not advertised the land for lease after the previous tenants retired? Does Mr Passas know more than the general public when he expects government backing?
As far as we know, in Randwick City Council’s draft Local Environment Plan, the proposed rezoning of the whole of the market gardens site is RU4 (Primary production, small lot). We trust the Planning Minister, Brad Hazzard, and the Heritage Minister, Robyn Parker, support this proposal, so food continues to be produced from this flood plain, the dead will not be subjected to a watery grave and the matter can finally be laid to rest.
Daphne Lowe Kelley, President of the Chinese Heritage Association of Australia, Drummoyne
George Passas, cemetery trust chief executive, is incorrect to claim the NSW state heritage listing of the Chinese market gardens site is ”automatically obliterated” if the current farmers, the Ha family, leave (”Dilapidated shack at centre of stoush between cemetery and farmers”, April 17).
Does the Queen Victoria Building lose all its heritage value if shopkeepers go elsewhere or are booted out? No.
Mr Passas’s claim for his neighbours’ land is a simple land grab at the expense of a legitimate, sustainable, small business.
Jake McPherson La Perouse
As we see golf courses and market gardens being overtaken to provide room for the dead, I wonder why we cannot have plaques on memorial walls to commemorate the dead instead of using valuable land, especially in beautiful places. We could say much more on a plaque as well. Do the dead need to have good views?
Christine Stewart Glebe
Why can’t Botany Cemetery and the Chinese gardens co-exist?
Seeing as we’ve been pushing up daisies for years, I don’t have a problem with pushing up bok choy.
John Swanton Botany
Dilapidated shack at centre of stoush between cemetery and farmers
”Shattered if we have to move” … tenant farmer Gordon Ha at the shed on heritage-listed land that has been earmarked for use as burial plots. Photo: Kate Geraghty Continue reading