Demolition Of Allianz Stadium May Begin Today
The wrecking balls may be set upon Sydney's Allianz Stadium within hours after a judge ruled the NSW government had followed proper planning procedures in $730 million rebuild plan.
A bid to stop the demolition failed in the Land and Environment Court on Wednesday but parties have until 2pm on Thursday to announce whether they'll appeal to the Supreme Court.
If they don't, a temporary injunction preventing major wrecking works during the case may be lifted.
Justice Nicola Pain on Wednesday dismissed a challenge from community group Local Democracy Matters and Waverley Council that claimed Planning Minister Anthony Roberts had failed to consider "design excellence" before approving the project.
She also threw out LDM claims that the demolition proposal wasn't publicly exhibited for the required period of time and that Mr Roberts didn't consider whether the land in Moore Park was contaminated.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet welcomed the decision and said the Berejiklian government "will now focus on getting on with the job of delivering a world-class stadium for the people of NSW".
Breaking #SydneyStadiums court verdict.— Michael Daley (@michaeldaleyMP) March 6, 2019
The fight is far from over. The only people who can save this stadium are the people of NSW. Your vote on March 23 is now worth $2.2 billion.
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Opposition Leader Michael Daley said he respected the decision but wanted demolition works held off until the state election.
If the wrecking balls move in, Greens MP David Shoebridge said he would be there standing in the way.
"Many members of the community (will be) putting themselves between an arrogant premier and a billion dollars wasted of public money," he told reporters outside court on Wednesday.