Press Release

Following the success of the Informal Gathering held last Saturday, we have the following Press Release.

A PDF is available (MR-post 9-02 mtg(SM)).  Full text is as follows:


Save Arlington Reserve Committee

Community Gathering: Laxton Reserve

Saturday 9 February 2013

No Artificial Turf on Arlington Reserve


Organisers deem Saturdays Community Gathering – Laxton Reserve a success.


Spread out among the shade of the trees Councillors Mark Gardiner (Lib, North Ward), Melissa Brooks (Greens, West Ward ) and Max Phillips (Greens, Central Ward) addressed some 100 residents.  Apart from the valuable opportunity to discuss the issue with so many fellow residents, attendees were particularly encouraged by Councillor Gardiner’s vocal support for maintaining natural turf on Arlington and his appreciation of residents’ concerns.  Other West Ward Councillors Tyler (Lib) and Tsardoulias (ALP) did not attend.


Questions raised during the meeting included:

  • Why did Councillors who voted in Council for artificial turf not inform or consult with residents most affected by the decision?
  • How do Councillors regard their statutory obligations under the Local Government Act to manage sporting facilities ‘having regard to any adverse impact on nearby residences.’  (S36F (a) (b) of the Local Government Act?
  • Are these Councillors aware of the risk of water table contamination, destruction of habitat of the endangered Long Nosed Bandicoot, destruction of established tree stands caused by artificial turf and micro climatic effects of such a large plastic surface during summer?
  • Why did two of  the  three West Ward Councillors in which Arlington is located, Rosanna Tyler (Lib) and Emanuel Tsardoulias (ALP)  not respond to their invitation to attend?  In the case of Cr Tsardoulias’, given his recent fatherhood, why did no other ALP councillor attend in his stead.   (Apologies were received from Mayor Vic Macri and Councillors Morris Hanna: Ind, Sylvie Ellerson and David Leary: Greens) ?
  • What measures did Marrickville Council take to ensure that the natural turf playing surface was maintained to a satisfactory standard for the 2010-2012 soccer seasons?
  • Do these Councillors realise  that hundreds of thousands of dollars of investment will be torn up after only two years in order to spend in excess of $1 million on artificial turf for a single-use elite sports facility?

1500 Marrickville residents have now signed the Committee’s petition completely opposing artificial turf on Arlington – an indication of the ire of local residents/ratepayers.  This exceeds the number of 750 gathered when this matter was fought in 12009.


Contact:   Suzanne Marks: 0409 141 944

Sharyn Moses:   0439 421 906

For Committee to Save Arlington Reserve


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