Over many years, successive NSW governments and their agencies have come to look on Moore Park as vacant space, with chunks and slices being appropriated for light rail, roadworks, footbridges, parking – anything but its original intended purpose: public recreation.
What are the threats?
The SCG and Allianz Stadium are built on part of what was the original Sydney Common set aside by Governor Macquarie for the citizens of Sydney. Whether or not these facilities are consistent with ‘public recreation’, the wholesale destruction associated with a new stadium on the site of Kippax Lake was never going to be consistent with this.
The proposed stadium, the Tibby Cotter Walkway and the massive construction activities associated with the light rail – not least the ‘temporary’ diversion of Anzac Parade - are all testament to the fact that Government sees green space as vacant space, something to be filled with projects of one sort or another. Green space is not viewed as having a value in itself or if it is, then its value is certainly less than that of the projects.
Being so close to the City and to major sporting venues, history tells us that the threats to Moore Park will never go away. Governments and their agencies will continue to come up with ideas for using bits of the Park for non-recreation purposes. And this is despite the rapid growth in population expected to the west of Moore Park over the next decade, with the commensurate increase in demand for active and passive recreation space.
It is because of these threats that Saving Moore Park Inc. exists. It is because of these threats that we need your support.