Con­cern over multi-storey de­vel­op­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Is the de­vel­op­ment a good for the area? Face­book.com/ mt­druitt­stan­dard MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 1, 2015

RES­I­DENTS are con­cerned a $100 mil­lion hous­ing de­vel­op­ment set for St Marys could “wreck” the area.

Many turned to The Stan­dard’s Face­book page fol­low­ing last week’s story out­lin­ing multi-storey pro­pos­als on Car­son Lane, the Great Western High­way and Phillip St.

The cur­rent tallest build­ings in St Marys are two storeys, how­ever a six-storey apart­ment block is un­der con­struc­tion.

Res­i­dent Si­mone Bar­ber ques­tioned if the in­fra­struc­ture could hold up, Marie Mura said the tall unit blocks were “go­ing to wreck a pretty town” and Donna Rob­son said “we don’t need more homes, we need more jobs”.

Dyl­dam de­vel­op­ments di­rec­tor Re­mon Fayad said am­ple spa­ces would be pro­vided in the base­ment park­ing, and that there would be com­mu­nal open spa­ces and public seat­ing pro­vided out­side the de­vel­op­ment. MORE than a mil­lion Aus­tralians got to know her as a kind, no-non­sense com­mu­nity worker, and now Ivanka Pe­likan has the chance to be recog­nised for her be­hind-the-scenes work for the com­mu­nity of Mt Druitt.

The 48-year-old, who runs the Graceades Cot­tage drop-in cen­tre at Bid­will, has been nom­i­nated for a Pride of Aus­tralia medal by co-worker Jan­ice O’Neill.

The unas­sum­ing hero was over­whelmed by the re­sponse of fel­low Aus­tralians af­ter the screen­ing of SBS’s con­tro­ver­sial se­ries

“It was huge,” she said. “Peo­ple have been so sup­port­ive.”

The nom­i­na­tion, for the Com­mu­nity Spirit Medal, is de­signed for “self­less and largely un­ac­knowl­edged” ac­tions en­rich­ing the com­mu­nity.

“I’m just so very hum­bled,” Mrs Pe­likan said. “I’m just Ivanka and it’s lovely they want to nom­i­nate me, but I’m just do­ing the job I love.”

Graceades Cot­tage is a com­mu­nity hub for res­i­dents, pro­vid­ing recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties, coun­selling and out­reach for trou­bled young­sters and adults. Nom­i­nate at pride­o­faus tralia.com.au

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