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Leichhardt Council supports campaign for more play space

Leichhardt Council has announced its support for a community led campaign demanding sport and play space be included in NSW Government’s planning proposal for the Bays Precinct, an area adjoining Balmain, Lilyfield and Rozelle.

Leichhardt Mayor Rochelle Porteous says that plans for increases in housing density could threaten spaces for passive and active recreation.

Sporting Alliance spokesman Glenn Burge thanked the council for supporting the ‘Spaces to Play’ campaign launch.

“The 80 hectares of the Bays Precinct land is a once in a lifetime chance to improve the amenity of the local community by making open space a planning priority, ”he said.

Montessori Opens its Doors

Montessori Academy opened its doors last week, completing its moves into the Co.As.It site on Norton Street.

While some may wonder about the Montessori’s relationship with Little Italy, the childcare group (the biggest in Australia) says its teachings are based on those of Doctor Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman doctor and physicist.

Fittingly, the preschool will offer Italian classes through Co.As.It.

The new preschool will alleviate pressure for childcare services in Leichhardt LGA, where there is an estimated shortage of 284 places in preschools and long daycare centres.

Marrickville Council against Westconnex

Marrickville Council has voiced a vocal opposition to Westconnex, saying that it is, “environemntally unsound and will damage the fabric of the local community.”

The council urged residents of the LGA to attend a St Peters meeting last week held by the Westconnex Delivery Authority on planning for the New M5 and St Peters Interchange.