Residents and Council Ignored by State Government

Labor spokesperson for Ryde, and candidate for West Ward, Jerome Laxale, has criticised the Liberal state government's decision to exclude residents of Ivanhoe place from the recently formed Macquarie Park task force.

Terms of reference released this month have confirmed that despite having the duty of exploring development options and optimizing development on the estate, the group representing those who live on the estate have been excluded.

"It is a complete slap in face to those who live at Ivanhoe that representatives of Macquarie University, the Macquarie Shopping Centre and Ryde Council have a seat at the table yet they do not. This task force will have a final say on whether or not their homes will be knocked down, and the residents deserve their say."

At a local level, representation by Ryde City councillors and residents of Ivanhoe place, is a notion that is well supported. Ryde Council recently unanimously passed a motion to write to Mr Dominello and the Liberal State Government to allow residents of Ivanhoe place to join the task force.

"The release of these terms of reference prove that Mr Dominello, despite recent comments which appear to suggest otherwise, is complicit with Barry O'Farrell's plans to sell more public land in Ryde.

"The good people of Ryde elected Mr Dominello at the last election so that he could protect Ryde's public land and open space. Fast forward to today and we've got Liberal councillors who want to sell of the Civic Centre site, a Liberal State Government who want to over-develop the Tennis World site, sell open space at Smalls Road and now knock-down the homes of 900 residents at Ivanhoe place."

"It is time for Mr Dominello to deliver on his election promises, and stop Barry O'Farrell's government from trampling all over Ryde."

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