URGENT – Botany Cemetery launches surprise land grab on Chinese Market Gardener – 28th August 2014

In a literal “land grab” La Perouse Chinese market gardener Robert Teng has just had some of the valuable soil he grows  in removed from the urban south east Sydney farm site he sub leases.

Laperouse Chinese market gardener Robert Teng with local supporter

Besieged Laperous Chinese market gardener Robert Teng with local supporter Carlos Da Rocha shortly before his valuable urban farming soil was scooped up for road the Botany Memorial Park cemetery is pushing through the market site. (August 2014)

In a move reported to  Randwick Greens Councillor Murray Matson by one outraged observer as being surely “illegal”, the neigbouring Botany Memorial Trust has scooped  up the soil yesterday and used it for a road base that it is building through the market gardens.

At 7.30pm this morning Councillor Matson was woken to the news and stated that he will be asking Randwick City Council to contact the EPA as a matter of urgency to contest the Trust’s actions.

He said,

“This is outrageous! As I understand it Chinese market gardener Robert Teng legitimately sub leases the soil and has been the victim of what seems to be a breath taking and literal ‘land grab’ by the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park”.

Currently used lots on the Laperouse Chinese Market Gardens site. Un-cultivated lot 3 is in the far, far distance.

Archival image of the Laperouse Chinese Market Gardens site adjacent to the Eastern Suburbs Memorial Park cemetary.

There has been a long running dispute between the Memorial Park and Randwick City Council as to whether the former can expand on to the long used farming land of the Market gardens site to use it for burials.

Road on La Perouse Chinese Market Gardens Imported building fill Aug 2014 2

Imported building waste shows up in the intrusive road the Botany Memorial Park cemetery is pushing through the valuable urban food farm land on the Laperous Chinese Market gardens. (August 2014)

 

 

Councillor Matson says that he was rung early this morning by witnesses who reported that the land grab occurred yesterday in what appears to be an escalation of works associated with a roadway the Memorial Park is building on the site.

 

 

 

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