We need both NSW Government, Communities and Justice DCI Housing NSW, Western NSW and Land and Housing Corporation, Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to respect not only the current residents of selected solid brick 1950s homes but the historical development of Orange.
My concerns relate to the historical development of Orange, its residents and the unique mix of both public and private housing that currently exists in East Orange.
Several homes in this area represent features of different periods and are on Orange City Councils Heritage Conservation Inventory.
Heritage conservation requires that consideration be given to the way any new development takes place to fit in with the city's heritage, in particular areas of significance.
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East Orange is of particular significance having the property "Strathroy " (along with other listed properties). Strathroy was built in 1884-85 by the first Mayor of East Orange Josiah Parker.
The second owner was the second Mayor of East Orange James Bonnor. Strathroy is of both Technical and Historic significance. Technical, as a Late Victorian 1880-1900 state Mansion. Historic, for its association with Josiah Parker, a prominent Chemist. James Bonner, Produce and Seed Merchant and George Bonnor his brother, Australian Test Cricketer.
As residents of East Orange we are proud of the strong feel of community which we share with families from all backgrounds and experiences.
Public housing residents and property owners have lived together for decades as both friends and neighbours.
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A mix that any community would be proud of, and a situation that Government Planning Departments strive to achieve.
One of the families to be relocated have lived in their public housing home for 27 years with beautifully manicured gardens, another a resident of 60 years.
The LAHC plans to destroy this much desired community mix by forced relocation of existing residents against their will, to then demolish these existing 1953 homes.
Then construct inappropriate high density housing in a Sensitive Heritage Significant Streetscape and area.
The thought of what these residents face in loosing their much-loved homes and the effects on our history and heritage is outrageous.
The worst possible outcome for all concerned.
This section of Spring Street (between Byng and Summer Street East) hosts four Heritage Significant Items.
Which when joined with 1950s housing delivers both items and streetscape that deserves protection from NSW Government departments, along with tenants from public housing in this area.
Deanne Phillips OAM
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