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The Ground and Environment court halts the demolition of Sydney's football stadium


February 26, 2019 11:38:21

The Ground and Environment Court has stopped the "severe demolition" at Sydney's football stadium while they are preparing a legal challenge to his recovery.

Key points:

  • Infrastructure NSW warned that delays cost $ 46,000 per day
  • On Friday, at the last minute, the banned party did not allow the developer to carry out "severe demolition"
  • Local Government Lawyers and the Weverly Council claim that the planning process is wrong

Justice Justice Nicholas Bol issued an order for the 11th hour on Friday, which prevented entrepreneur Lendlease from performing the "severe demolition" as part of the $ 730m government plan to destroy and rebuild the stadium.

The decision means that the roof and walls of the stadium can not be removed by early March.

Local Democracy Matters and the Waverley Council launched the legal challenge, arguing that the planning process is wrong.

Their lawyers have stated that the NSW government does not adhere to its own rules on public consultations and requirements for high design requirements.

Thousands of places have already been squeezed out of the stadium.

In court today, local law attorney Tim Robertson said the issue was urgent, as the process was "moving from the so-called soft demolition to the rigid demolition."

"This is the initial step towards destroying the stadium," he said.

"It's not the destruction of the toilet block – it's the destruction of extraordinary value."

SC Philip Clay, representing the Waverley Council, told the court that there was a high degree of public interest in the case.

NSW Infrastructure Lawyer Sandra Dugan warned that delays cost $ 46,000 a day and threatens to end June 30, 2020.

She told the court that the planned work for the next two weeks includes removing the stadium roof, expansion joints and access stairs.

"There is no evidence that work is irreversible," said Douggan, causing laughter from the public gallery.

"The stadium and the roof will remain intact, although the roof will be moved."

The decision to demolish the stadium was followed by the NSW government's request in 2017 that the state's sports infrastructure lagged behind the rest of the country.



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