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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : October 22 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, October 23, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Debate rages on Yasmar's future The Yasmar mansion is part of the estate at Haberfield. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP206056 RESIDENTS For the 11 families of Chandos St whose properties back on to the proposed development, the coun- cil's decision was a victory. They say they support the lo- cation of the school on the site but object to the ''bulkiness'' of the development, in particular the two-storey building that would look into their back yards, which they say does not comply with local planning laws. Because Haberfield is a conser- vation area, two-storey buildings are forbidden under the local environment plan. Speaking at the council meeting, resident Ben Nastasi said he had had to go before Ashfield Council twice with his property and each time he had to comply. ''What gives Co.As.It. the right not to comply?'' he said. They also say a school would compromise pedestrian safety. But while they are still prepared to try to negotiate a compromise, residents' spokesman Adrian Walton said if the matter went to the Land and Environment Court, residents would set up a ''fighting fund'' to support the council. CO.AS.IT. Co.As.It. say its Italian Bilingual School and Yasmar have been denied a future by the council. The Italian organisation's CEO Andrea Comastri said the board was disappointed some local people and interest groups had been ''misinformed'' about com- pliance aspects of the proposal. ''It was clear that some council- lors were insufficiently familiar with the detail of the proposal and that detailed reports provided by Co.As.It. and sought by council- lors were held on council files but unavailable at the meeting,'' he said. ''Co.As.It. has complied with all requirements and is surprised that Ashfield Council based its decision on heritage advice which goes against the approval rec- ommendation of the NSW Heri- tage Council.'' He said Co.As.It. was being advised on its plan of action. The school was to comprise 12 classrooms, a hall, administration building, a covered outdoor learn- ing area, hard/soft play area and a landscaped piazza. HERITAGE GROUPS Haberfield Association president Emma Brooks Maher described the proposal as the ''most import- ant DA that the council will look at in its whole term''. Speaking at the council meeting she said the pro- posed school would ''effectively block any chance of a heritage future for Yasmar'' and she pleaded to councillors not to let it be ''subdivided by stealth''. Friends of Yasmar president Michelle Calvert said they had suggested the school be built in Reg Coady Reserve in Haberfield. ''The future of their school isn't dependent on being on the Yasmar site but the future of the Yasmar site definitely depends on what happens with the school,'' she said. The groups argue that no de- cision can be made about Yasmar until the Lands Department had updated its conservation manage- ment plan for the site. What combatants say ASHFIELD Council rejected the pro- posal for the Italian bilingual school on the Yasmar Estate in Haberfield last Tuesday night on the grounds of bulk and scale, heritage consider- ations and traffic, parking and safety issues. The Italian organisation wants to demolish the existing juvenile deten- tion centre buildings and prison wall and build a school for 240 primary students. But the proposals faced vehement opposition. FIONA BRADY looks at what the stakeholders say. 2283413i iww wk14 Attention all carpet buyers! Australia's leading carpet manufacturer has chosen Carpet Right to urgently clear 30,000m² of top quality wool carpet. 100% NZ wool twist piles, textured loops and sisals. All extra heavy duty and first quality premium grade. At prices never seen before! Save up to 60%! All carpets in stock now and can be laid before Christmas. Offers available at all stores. While stocks last. CARPET RIGHT CARPETS•LAMINATES•VINYLS•TIMBER FLOORS Never beaten on price! All carpets installed on Bridgestone Rubber Underlay OPEN 7 DAYS MONDAY-FRIDAY 8.30AM-5PM SATURDAY 9AM-5PM SUNDAY 10AM-4PM www.carpetright.com.au DRUMMOYNE - 146 VICTORIA ROAD, 9719 8366 DURAL 252 New Line Rd 9651 4625 BELROSE 1/2 Niangala Cl 9450 1511 GORDON 900 Pacific Hwy 9498 8077 CHATSWOOD 234 Victoria Ave 9411 1440 HORNSBY 2 Burdett St 9476 3100 CROWS NEST Shop 32-35, 103-111 Willoughby Rd 9438 3933 CASTLECRAG 165 Eastern Valley Way 9958 4333 BROOKVALE 20 Green St 9938 2306 2181048i iww wk17
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