If elected to the Inner West Council, I will implement a comprehensive plan to bring Darling Street to life and revitalise the local economy in Balmain and Rozelle.
The Peninsula’s famous pub scene, main street businesses and night-life are all under threat due to a combination of changing demographics and retail trends.
The new Council must urgently provide leadership and economic development to make sure Balmain and Rozelle remain the fun, vibrant and interesting places they have always been.
Expanding free parking, creating new festivals, requiring Woolworths to lift their game and renewing our pub sector will breathe new life into these famous old suburbs.
I will also reopen negotiations with Google about locating their headquarters in White Bay. The State Government’s short-sightedness can’t be allowed to stand in the way of our best opportunity to reinvent White Bay Power Station.
LOCAL LABOR’S 8 POINT PLAN FOR DARLING STREET REVITALISATION
- Establish an annual Darling Street Festival – in conjunction with local pubs, and to be curated by local artists and musicians – to showcase local talent and bring people onto Darling Street.
- Propose a joint Council/hotels pub promotional fund and strategy to help promote the Peninsula and keep the area as a famous pub destination.
- Introduce strict new planning controls to prevent the conversion of long standing hotels into other businesses and protecting them from residential redevelopment.
- Require Woolworths to work with Council to provide more free public parking, or facilitate the establishment of another supermarket on the Peninsula to provide competition.
- Reopen negotiations with Google to bring their headquarters to the White Bay Power Station site.
- Propose the extension of the Vivid Festival into Darling Street, Balmain.
- Extend 30-minutes free parking to all meters and turn the meters off after dark to boost our dining precincts and encourage night-time activity.
- Provide support to revitalise Balmain Markets or identify another location for a new market to be established.