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We need a dedicated team to put the interests of our city spaces first

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18.05.2019

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Architect and councillor Philip Thalis delivers the difficult truth (“Historic buildings replaced by ‘junk’ architect warns”, May 12).

Our city’s cultural heritage sell-off is appalling.

Likewise our public city spaces are under constant attack of gradual incursions by rampant development.

Design issues such as usage, accessibility, overshadowing and public safety require constant professional assessment against new development.

Who is actually looking after these spaces and advocating for their greater cultural and health benefits?

It shouldn’t be left to well-intentioned politicians and prominent individuals to advocate for their preservation.

We need a city design team, independent of short-term political agendas, who can guide our city’s public realm and the evolving life of our cultural buildings, for generations to come .

Without such a public resource, savvy private developers with their considerable resources, risk calling the shots to benefit their own commercial interests above that of the city’s. – Cleveland Rose, Dee Why

“Hear, hear” to the criticism of NSW government destruction and sale of public assets by Councillor Thalis during the National Trust Heritage awards.

The carnage began when........

© The Sydney Morning Herald