New Lambton Heights residents look at possible mine link to park

Residents look at mine link to park Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland
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Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

Newcastle councillors Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo meet with spokesperson for the New Lambton Heights residents, including Linda Griffiths. Picture: Dean Osland

TweetFacebookRESIDENTS trying to save a New Lambton Heights park want to know if the area was a former mine pit top with subsidence issues that would stop it from being built on.

As the Newcastle Herald reported this week, residents fear Newcastle City Council is set to sell the land at 45 Lookout Road, New Lambton Heights, which they have maintained for years as a park.

Amateur historian Peter Ward of Merriwa rang the Herald on Friday to say that a lot of the ‘‘pocket parks’’ around Newcastle were the sites of former mine entries, with shallow workings that meant they could not be built on without grouting.

New Lambton Heights resident Linda Griffiths said the paperwork she had showed the land was gifted to the community in 1942 by the Scottish Australian Mining Company.

‘‘It was designated as a public garden and recreation space and was known as Lot 40 of the subdivision the coal company did at the time,’’ Ms Griffiths said.

Coal Mining in Newcastle 1801 – 1900 by historian the late John Turner notes that Scottish Australia ran its ‘‘B’’ Pit at Lambton. Similar records were retrieved by environmentalist Doug Lithgow through the Parks and Playgrounds Movement.

‘‘The Community Land provisions of the Local Government Act 1993 were enacted with one of its principles to ensure that public parkland was protected and properly managed by councils and the community,’’ Mr Lithgow wrote to councillors on Monday.

‘‘I cannot believe that our council is not aware that this land is community land dedicated and held in trust not just for the current residents and those in 1942 but for future residents also.’’

The Herald asked the council in writing, repeatedly, on Friday about the mining connection to the land, but none of the council’s responses addressed this issue.

The Herald contacted the Mine Subsidence Board for information, but it did not respond by time of writing.

Councillors Brad Luke, Nuatali Nelmes and Andrea Rufo met with residents to inspect the site on Friday, and Ms Griffiths said they were ‘‘quite receptive’’.

‘‘I think they could see as a community we’ve been trying for a long time to get some of these issues resolved,’’ she said. ‘‘We’re trying to make sure they make an informed decision.’’

Speaking beforehand, Ms Griffiths said she did not believe the council when it said the removal of a set of goal posts from the park had nothing to do with its future.

‘‘The goalposts were moved there a few months ago from Alder Park, they’re council goalposts even if they didn’t put them there,’’ Ms Griffiths said.

A council spokesperson said on Friday that the council had not made a decision on the land.

‘‘It follows that council has not investigated the possibility of building on the land,’’ the spokesperson said.

Ms Griffiths said the council had been planning to sell the land, regardless of what it was now saying.

‘‘They had a road planned for one end of the block to the other with at least six and probably more residential blocks,’’ Ms Griffiths said.


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