We now understand that the historic Hillview site is also in danger of losing its heritage conservation status in preparation for sale. In 2018, Ku-ring-gai Councillors voted to consign another Public Asset for development. Council planners recommended to allow development of the small green space in Turramurra, known as the Little Village Green. This is despite the recommendation of an independent inquiry to retain this space in the middle of a future massive town-hub development. This vote illustrates the development-driven system that the residents of NSW continue to endure under the current Government. In 2017, the Lindfield Library and Senior Centre site were reclassified as operational land by Ku-ring-gai Council. Overall 25 community assets have now been reclassified by our Council to pay predominantly for the purchase of their new administation building. These so-called “under-utilised assets” included the Culworth Avenue Car Park, Killara; the Lifeline Centre, Gordon; the Gordon Community Pre-school; the Ku-ring-gai Town Hall, Pymble; and various pieces of public land adjacent to East Killara, West Pymble and East Lindfield shops.
With all these sites being rationalised for more highrise development, where will the community facilities and public spaces exist for current and future generations’ benefit and use? With an increasing population and high costs to repurchase land when needed, this is short term thinking in the extreme.