Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

A few items to update you on and also recap on after our Member Update of two weeks ago.

Headland Park Interpretation Strategy – deadline for comment extended

Following an approach by HPG the Trust has agreed to extend the deadline for responses to the Harbour Trust’s draft Interpretation Strategy for Headland Park until Monday 16th October. The draft Strategy is available on the Harbour Trust website –  see Link Interpretation Strategy.

We encourage you to make your comments known. HPG will be making a formal submission.

Middle Head Oval

Media response to Middle Head aged care approval

Media response to Middle Head aged care approval

Recent radio interviews

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Call to Arms! Public Meeting 17 July Slide Presentation

Call to Arms! Public Meeting 17 July Slide Presentation

Fantastic attendance at the HPG Public Meeting last night with standing room only! Presentations from HPG members, Charlie Lynn and Tim James (pictured above) were inspirational. We will post some transcriptions as soon as they are available.

Below: Slide presentation from Save Middle Head Public meeting 17 July 2014

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Julie Goodsir: A Meaningful Vision for the 10 Terminal Complex

Julie Goodsir: A Meaningful Vision for the 10 Terminal Complex

At the Harbour Trust Public Board Meeting on Tuesday 17 June 2014 HPG Vice President Julie Goodsir gave an outstanding speech (reproduced in full below) to the board and approximately 120 members of the community. The Harbour Trust revealed little but mentioned a new display and approval process involving the Department of the Environment, the Trust and the proponent separately but simultaneously. HPG is investigating and will keep you posted.

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Expert Heritage Report commissioned by HPG for EPBC

Expert Heritage Report commissioned by HPG for EPBC

Thanks to the generous (and continuing) membership subscriptions and donations, the Headland Preservation Group (HPG) was able to commission Heritage Consultants Graham Brooks & Associates www.gbaheritage.com to prepare an in-depth report as part of HPG’s submission to the Federal Department of Environment calling for an EPBC Act Controlled Action (full environmental impact and heritage assessment) and rejection of the redevelopment of the 10 Terminal buildings and environs.

Graham Brooks received the 2013 Australian Institute of Architect’s Francis Greenway Restoration Award for Conservation and Creative Adaptive Reuse of …

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Public Meeting Thursday 8 May 2014

Public Meeting Thursday 8 May 2014

Come to our next public meeting – 6.30 pm Thursday 8 May

At the Mosman Senior Citizens’ Centre,  Spit Junction, (next to Mosman Town Hall).

Get the full story and ask questions. Pick up draft letters you can send to the decision makers and politicians.

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Key Points For Letter Writers

Key Points For Letter Writers

Download “HPG – Save Middle Head : letter writing – points for letters” PDF here

Please read our explanatory notes to the PDF below.

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In the media: “Public spaces, private interests”

In the media: “Public spaces, private interests”

News Review, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 29 March 2014

The body managing prime harbour sites faces a funding crunch, writes Deborah Snow.

‘It’s not our task to make a lot of money.’  Geoff Bailey

When a man fell to his death after toppling over a Cockatoo Island cliff face last March, it capped what had been a horror stretch for the island’s owner, the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

For months there had been internal angst over another, less public disaster for the trust: the staging of what was meant …

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Mosman Council Unanimous Against Proposed Aged Care Development

Mosman Council Unanimous Against Proposed Aged Care Development

The Headland Preservation Group was well prepared for Mosman Council’s meeting on Tuesday evening 4 March 2014 at which it was to consider and vote on a Motion tabled by Deputy Mayor Roy Bendall and Councillor Tom Sherlock. The Motion was to oppose the proposed development of a residential aged care facility on Middle Head and proposed amendments to the Harbour Trust’s management plan

However at around 10.30pm Monday 3 March 2014 the President of the HPG, Linda Bergin OAM was alerted by Mayor Peter Abelson …

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Julie Goodsir address to Mosman Council

Julie Goodsir address to Mosman Council

Julie Goodsir, Vice President, HPG, address to Mosman Council Meeting, 4 March 2014

My late husband Don Goodsir was one of the founding members of the Headland Preservation Group in 1996 – to prevent privatisation of public lands. A vigorous campaign by the public caused the Commonwealth to establish the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

The 2001 Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act: “to preserve this land to provide a lasting legacy for the people of Australia by creating the finest foreshore park in the world and to provide …

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Comments on errors in the Middle Head Health Care “Planning Assessment Report”

Comments on errors in the Middle Head Health Care “Planning Assessment Report”

The Planning Assessment Report by Evolution Planning, October 2013 was prepared for Middle Head Health Care for the Development Application of the proposed residential Aged Care Home (The Cove at Middle Head).

Headland Preservation has studied this document, at the recent public meeting on 20 February we highlighted the following errors and omissions in this report.

OMMISSION
1. page 1 states: “the report accompanies an Action Application, made under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.”

COMMENT: No details of the Action Application were provided. …

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Save Middle Head 3rd Public Meeting

Save Middle Head 3rd Public Meeting

Almost 200 people attended our 3rd public meeting on Thursday 20 February to continue the campaign against the proposed aged care residential complex in Headland Park on Middle Head.

We heard about the campaign progress from Linda Bergin OAM, President of the recently re-formed Headland Preservation Group Inc, and reviewed errors and omissions on the proponents proposed development application documents. Guest speakers included Mr David Shoebridge, Greens MP NSW Parliament, and Ms Ilona Millar, Special Counsel Baker & McKenzie. We’ll be making transcriptions of these presentations available …

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Phil Jenkyn OAM – why the proposal should not proceed

Phil Jenkyn OAM – why the proposal should not proceed

Phil Jenkyn OAM is a retired barrister and former alderman. Over the years he has been involved in many environmental and heritage battles. He was the first Chair of Defenders of Sydney Harbour Foreshores and the Joint Convener of Protectors of Public Lands. He was awarded an OAM (2005) for services to the protection and preservation of the environment, particularly heritage sites on the Sydney Harbour foreshore. In 2010 he received the National Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to heritage conservation. He is a …

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Astounded the Trust is considering development proposal

Astounded the Trust is considering development proposal

Submission reproduced with permission

To: The Directors, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
PO Box 607 Mosman 2088

26 January 2014

Re Aged Care Proposal Middle

I attended the Save Middle Head meeting on 23rd January and it was only then that the full magnitude of the aged care facility was revealed in graphic detail showing the increase in scale of the proposal relative to the footprint and bulk of the existing buildings. I have to say that I was astounded that the management and board were even considering such a proposal given …

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Mosman Parks & Bushland Association objection to Sydney Harbour Trust privatisation of public land

Reproduced with permission.

Mosman Parks & Bushland Association objection to Sydney Harbour Trust privatisation of public land from Save Middle Head Group

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Proposed private development at Middle Head SHFT (Sydney Harbour Federation Trust) Precinct

Submission to Sydney Harbour Federation Trust 27/11/13

By David Briggs
Published with permission

The Manager,

My name is David Briggs, I am retired and live locally. I register my objection to the proposed aged-care facility and the ancillary uses now before the SHFT.

A summary of my opinion is stated as follows, To submit a full statement is now well beyond my personal resources, but hopefully the concepts and philosophy therein will be fully considered by your Board and other environmental and urban planning professionals.

1)  The Architectural and space planning …

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Save Middle Head from Developer

By Linda Bergin OAM

Like me you probably only recently heard about plans for the construction of a large new aged-care facility on Middle Head (Headland Park, Sydney Harbour Federation Trust). A small news story appeared in the Mosman Daily on 14 November 2013.

I was one of the founders of the Headland Preservation Group, which back in 1996-2001 successfully prevented the sale of Middle Head and Georges Heights, and assisted in the subsequent creation of the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Since that time, the Trust has done …

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