IS  IT  POSSIBLE  THAT  THE  MAINSTREAM  MEDIA

HAVE  BECOME  THE  PROTECTIONISTS  OF  THE

N.S.W.  GOVT.  AND  CANTERBURY  CITY  COUNCIL?

 

One can be forgiven for believing that the N.S.W. mainstream media's investigative journalism is based on reporting what they "want you to know, not what we should know."

 

The following article, Council Got Its Suburbs All Wrong by journalist Linda Silmalis, appeared in the Sunday Telegraph on October 12, 2014.   "A Sydney council has been left red-faced after alerting almost 100 residents to a proposal to permit six-storey buildings in the wrong suburb.  As a result of Canterbury City Council mistakenly describing the rezoning proposal as occurring in Punchbowl, many residents in neighbouring Roselands claimed they failed to take up the option to provide feedback prior to the plan being approved.  With the proposal adopted last week, residents are demanding council put it on hold pending a re-exhibition.

 

Resident Michael Zacharelis said he threw the letter in the bin.  "Later I realised it was happening up the road," he said.  The letter, sent on June 6, stated the council was intending to amend the Canterbury Local Environmental Plan to rezone land from an enterprise corridor to business use.

 

Council General Manager, Jim Montague, admitted a mistake had been made.

 

"The letter incorrectly referred to the property as 1112-1186 Canterbury Road, Punchbowl," he said.  "All exhibition documents correctly identified the property as being 1112-1186 Canterbury Road, Roselands."

 

With due respect to Linda Silmalis, she failed to correct council's General Manager's assertion because, if the residents were not notified about the development, then it was impossible to know the exhibition documents were on display.