The Greens turned up the pressure today in support of the Chinese market gardens in La Perouse, in the lead up to next week's contested vote on Randwick Council which will decide whether the land should be rezoned to primary production to protect the gardens from moves to expand Botany cemetery.
Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon, Greens Councilor for Randwick Murray Matson and Greens candidate for the South Ward James MacDonald today visited the La Perouse market gardens and met with local gardeners Gordon Ha and Robert Teng.
James MacDonald, Greens South Ward candidate in the upcoming council elections, said: "The residents of South Ward that I've spoken to have all conveyed their dismay that such a celebrated local resource is threatened. The destruction of the Chinese market gardens would be a devastating loss to local heritage.
"The council needs to make a firm commitment to protect this valuable contribution to local heritage. The best way to do that is with the RU4 zoning outlined in the draft LEP.
"Space shortages are a challenge which many cemeteries confront all across Sydney. This must be resolved, but not at the cost of a vital urban agriculture project with deep roots in the community", said Mr MacDonald.