Sydney's Strathfield Council will use $100,000 from the sale of a park to fight an Australian Catholic University expansion plan, reports the Inner West Courier.
At a recent extraordinary meeting, the council agreed to allocate the sum from the sale of Matthews Park for the payment of legal and consultancy fees and the preparation of a Part 3A submission to the ACU Concept Plan.
It is the latest development in the ACUs bid to expand its Strathfield campus. Residents have opposed the expansion, citing traffic and parking problems in the area surrounding the Barker Street campus.
“As is routine, the allocation was put before the council for its approval because the funds for this important community issue were not allocated in the original budget,” a council spokesman said. The money would also be used for an independent student number and traffic count study.
“Council’s traffic study will verify the ACU’s data to ensure the information used by the ACU in its proposal is valid,” the spokesman said.
Strathfield park sale to fund ACU fight (Inner West Courier)
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