Concern over multi-storey development
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