The NSW Government will renew the Interim Heritage Order on the historic Glenlee property at Boronia Parade, Lugarno for another 12 months.
A Development Application for the property calls for the demolition of the existing cottage and associated outbuildings, and a Torrens Title subdivision of the lot into 31 lots.
The Interim Heritage Order on the property was due to lapse on February 14.
At an extraordinary meeting last night, Georges River Council fully supported protecting Glenlee by the future gazettal of a new Interim Heritage Order to be in place on the site for another 12 months.
The council thanked the Minister for Environment and Heritage, James Griffin for responding to the save Glenlee from development campaign.
The council also acknowledged the advocacy of Oatley MP Mark Coure in the save Glenlee campaign.
And it resolved to provide all assistance necessary for the Minister to achieve listing Glenlee on the State Heritage Register.
Finally the council authorised the council's General Manager to immediately prepare a Planning Proposal to include Glenlee on Schedule 5 of the Georges River Local Environmental Plan 2021.
The recommendation put forward by Councillors Peter Mahoney and Colleen Symington was unanimously adopted by the council.
Georges River Council mayor, Nick Katris described it as a great in for the community of Georges River.
"I want to thank the community for its vigilance throughout the process of Glenlee being registered as a significant heritage site," Cr Katris said.
"Such significant community issues must be treated in a bipartisan manner for the ultimate aim of achieving the goals that are in the best interests of the community," he said.
"I am hoping that this is oe of many future occasions where we will be working together to scure positive outcomes for the community benefit. It was wonderful that we were able to work in unison here."
One hectare of the property is covered by blackbutt eucalypt bushland classed as 'High Ecological Value' which filters stormwater runoff from surrounding streets, and is habitat for swamp wallabies, echidnas and 12 species of threatened wildlife, including eastern ospreys, powerful owls, white-bellied sea eagles and endangered microbats.
An Interim Heritage Order was placed on the property last August and a conciliation hearing has been scheduled for early February.
Georges River Council wrote to the NSW Government requesting an Interim Heritage Order which would stop any potential demolition for 12 months.
The council also decided to write to local MPs seeking State and Federal Government funding to purchase the site which has an estimated cost of $15 million.
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