The Hurlstone Park Association (HPA) is an incorporated association under the auspices of NSW Fair Trading. We are run by a Committee, the members of which provide their time on a voluntary basis.
We represent a diverse and growing cross section of our local community with a reach of in excess of 1000 people through membership, email and social media. Our current President is Kate Lumley.
The HPA was formed in 2014 by a group of local residents in response to growing community concerns about overdevelopment impacting residential areas of our small suburb. The HPA is not against development. However, we consider that recent planning by both the local and state governments has not always embraced community values and expectations.
Initially, the focus of our concerns was development applications that were being lodged with and apparently supported by the former Canterbury Council. These DAs did not comply with the planning controls and did not respond to the local character and heritage of Hurlstone Park. Since that time, the NSW State Government has launched its Urban Renewal Strategy for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor which would have had major impacts on the liveability of our suburb. The NSW Government announced in August 2018 that planning control for the corridor would be handed back to Council.
We see our role as disseminating information to our community about Council and State government activities and initiatives. We have made numerous submissions and representations to both levels of government on a broad range of issues and projects. Projects include:
· Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Sydney Metro Sydenham to Bankstown Upgrade
· Urban Renewal Strategy for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor
· Major development applications in Hurlstone Park, including coordinating community representation for appeals in the Land and Environment Court
· Hurlstone Park Heritage Assessment Study
We are keen to work with government to achieve better planning outcomes. Members of the HPA committee are community representatives of the following Canterbury-Bankstown Council committees:
· Liveable City Advisory Committee
· Heritage Reference Group
· Special Interest Group for the Sydenham to Bankstown Corridor
· Independent Hearing and Assessment Panel(IHAP) for the Canterbury Ward.
We are also represented on the Cooks River Valley Alliance and the Sydenham to Bankstown Alliance, a group representing resident action groups along the Corridor.
We organize community events and have held two BBQs in Ewen Park. Each Christmas we coordinate donations for the Exodus Foundation.
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