UPDATE: We call for the immediate resignation of Suellen Fitzgerald, Director of the Parramatta Park Trust, and the remaining Board of Trustees - Andrew McDonald (Chair), Philip Bates, Denise Taylor, Stephanie Dale and Stewart Thompson.
$1.3 million in Public Funding was used to rescue the beautiful 147-year-old Mays Hill Gatehouse.
A consortium of Arts and Culture organisations in Western Sydney have proposed turning the Mays Hill Gatehouse into the Western Sydney Creative Centre - a creative co-working facility providing a home for Creative individuals and organisations focused on fostering the Arts in Western Sydney. The Western Sydney Creative Centre will help every other Arts and Culture project in all of Western Sydney and Regional New South Wales.
Expressions of Interest closed in June 2015. In the months following, we never received so much as a call or a letter from the Parramatta Park Trust - until our story was published on the front page of the Parramatta Holroyd Sun.
In September 2015, our representative met with the Director of the Parramatta Park Trust and the Western Sydney Coordinator at Arts NSW - where they made clear that there is no plan whatsoever to support Creative Centres. At that time, we lodged a GIPA (Freedom of Information) request to access the documents held by the Parramatta Park Trust used to justify their decision. These documents were finally released in mid January 2016 - and are all linked here.
The Parramatta Park Trust has chosen to award the tender - at well below market rates - for the Mays Hill Gatehouse to Think Planners - a property development consultancy firm co-owned by former Parramatta Lord Mayor and State Member for Granville David Borger.
Western Sydney's self-appointed champion, David Borger.
Let THINK PLANNERS know what you think -
firstname.lastname@example.org - 0419 288 899
Besides endorsements from Arts and Culture professionals, we've received endorsements from Geoff Lee (Liberal State Member for Parramatta), Julia Finn (Labor State Member for Granville) and Julie Owens (Labor Federal Member for Parramatta). The only part of Government that doesn't seem to support our work is the Parramatta Park Trust!
The Gatehouse is being taken out of Public hands. Help us to #SaveTheGatehouse!
Update 16 Sep: Read our letter to the NSW Ministers for the Arts and the Environment.
Update 11 Sep: Our representative met with the Parramatta Park Trust. Read our Response.
Read our original Expression of Interest (763kb, .pdf)
We've made the Front Page of the Parramatta Holroyd Sun!
Call or Write to the Parramatta Park Trust:
PO Box 3064 Parramatta NSW 2124
email@example.com | (02) 9895 7500
Visit the Parramatta Park Trust:
Level 7, 10 Valentine Avenue
Contact #SaveTheGatehouse at O-vation.com.au - http://www.o-vation.com.au/contactus.php