Save Australia's Heritage NOW

Save Australia's Heritage NOW

In 1857, a government proclamation was made by the first NSW Parliament to set aside at least 200 acres "for the health and well-being for the people of Parramatta."

Much of the land now operates as Cumberland Mental Health Hospital. Adjoining the World Heritage listed Parramatta Park, the precinct contains an extraordinary cultural legacy that showcase some of Australia's most wonderful buildings designed by government architect Francis Greenway and Walter Liberty Vernon.

A 30-hectare oasis, the precinct cradles Australia’s largest and most intact ‘Female Factory’, the first Roman Catholic Orphanage and the infamous Parra Girls home. In total ...

In 1857, a government proclamation was made by the first NSW Parliament to set aside at least 200 acres "for the health and well-being for the people of Parramatta."

Much of the land now operates as Cumberland Mental Health Hospital. Adjoining the World Heritage listed Parramatta Park, the precinct contains an extraordinary cultural legacy that showcase some of Australia's most wonderful buildings designed by government architect Francis Greenway and Walter Liberty Vernon.

A 30-hectare oasis, the precinct cradles Australia’s largest and most intact ‘Female Factory’, the first Roman Catholic Orphanage and the infamous Parra Girls home. In total about 40,000 women and children were institutionalized within these walls.  We call this precious precinct the Fleet Street Heritage Precinct.  Containing Australia's ‘Female Factory’, 5,000 convict women were sent from the British Isles.  These women were the mothers of our colonial colony.

Disturbingly, the State Government is proposing to parcel up and sell-off 20-hectares of this public land to developers.  While the government is promising to retain some of the heritage buildings, more than 50% of the buildings will be demolished with the government arguing that many of the significant buildlings no longer have sufficient merit.  In turn this enables the land to be redeveloped into a high-rise urban precinct which includes plans for 3,000 + high density residential units along with commercial and retail facilities.

The plans would spoil this extraordinary heritage legacy which is currently being considered for a National heritage listing. It would also destroy plans to see the precinct World Heritage listed. In response, community, academics, experts and organisations alike including the National Trust, ICOMOS, Royal Australian Historical Society, Parramatta Female Factory Friends are fighting to protect the Heritage Precinct from being sub-divided and sold off. 

With the Berijiklian Government attempting to bulldoze its plans through while the Parramatta City Council is under administration, this has left the community effectively without a democratically elected voice to defend the public interest. 

To save this extraordinary cultural legacy, we need your help. In short we need everyone in Parramatta and across Australia to make their voices heard.  You can do this by formally lodging an objection using the sample template to the right (just edit as you wish). Thank you for your support. Please share this link and encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same. 

Click here to view a video of Thomas Keneally speaking about the precinct's significance.

Click here and here to view the government’s plans (this includes changes to the planning controls).

Click here to view the communities plan to see the precinct become a cultural legacy perserved for future generations.

Click here to make a donation to the community campaign

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Send your OBJECTION NOW

Help save this extraordinary cultural estate by sending off your Objection now.  A sample template is provided below.  Please personalise your submission by using some ot the talking points, then use the 'send' button to automatically email your submission to the relevant parties. Thank you for your support and we look forward to keeping in touch. 

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We have included the basic points for an objection that addresses both the Draft DCP and the Urban Growth Development Application.

We encourage you to add your own thoughts and concerns, e.g How will this development affect your family and community?  What concerns do you have about the heritage part of the precinct being so close to high rise areas?  How do you feel about the loss of public lands and the government's plans. 

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