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Hands of Callan Park presentation


Chair Clr Rochelle Porteous Inner West Mayor

6.00pm Meeting Open and housekeeping
Peter Gainsford General Manager Inner West Council

6.05pm Acknowledgement of Country and welcome from Chair Clr Porteous, Inner West Mayor


6.10pm Clr Rochelle Porteous - Inner West Mayor

6.15pm Hall Greenland - Friends of Callan Park

6.25pm Aaron Callaghan - Parks and Recreation Planning Manager IWC

6.35pm Sue Puckeridge – IWC’s external lawyer

6.45pm Clr Darcy Byrne - Ward Councillor

6.50pm Clr John Stamolis - Ward Councillor

6:55pm Public Q and A session moderated by General Manager

7.25pm Closing remarks from the Chair, Clr Rochelle Porteous - Inner West Mayor

7.30pm Meeting Closed

Callan Park is at risk.

The NSW Government released the Exposure Bill; Greater Sydney Parklands Trust on Friday 1 October. It is proposing changes to the way Callan Park is managed.

This is privatisation by stealth – gutting the Callan Park Act for commercial gain.

Commercial leases of up to 50 years would be offered for some of the most iconic buildings on the site.

The Government wants to remove council as the consent authority and change the Callan Park (Special Provisions) Act 2002.

This will result in privatisation and commercialisation. This is what the Inner West has been fearing for 20 years - that the NSW Government will sell off Callan Park to the highest bidder.

You can make a submission on the Exposure Bill on the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment page which is on exhibition until 29 October.


You can access closed captioning in English during info the session through the MS Teams Live Event platform. Use the CC button bottom right of your screen to turn it on and the settings button beside the CC to change the language. We will also record the session and post it on Council's You Tube channel and this page afterwards.


Closed captions are translated into six languages and are accessed through the MS Team Live Event platform.

  • Chinese Simplified
  • Chinese Traditional
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Vietnamese


Questions about the MS Teams Live Event meeting? Contact Annie Coulthard, Engagement Coordinator on 9392 5328

Posters for residents

'Hands off Callan Park' corflute signs are now available from Leichhardt Service Centre and Balmain Library for residents to collect and display at their homes or on their fences.