Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Parramatta in a powerful show of strength of the community support to save historic Willow Grove from Gladys Berejiklian’s wrecking ball.

Built in 1886, Willow Grove is a State Heritage listed, two-storey brick Italianate house set in a flourishing garden typical of the High Victorian period at Phillip St, Parramatta.

In 2020, Arts Minister Don Harwin said that the building would be dismantled and shifted to North Parramatta.

“The May Day rally on Saturday should serve as a warning to the government of the type of mobilisation they can expect if they attempt to defy the wishes of the people of Parramatta and move to destroy Willow Grove,” said Darren Greenfield, CMFEU NSW Secretary.

“This was by far the biggest march and rally seen in Parramatta in decades and shows how deeply the opposition to the government’s plans runs. It also shows that trade unionists from around Sydney would be willing to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Parramatta to preserve this unique heritage site.

A birds eye view of Willow Grove. 🔭

While demolition of the surrounding structures has started, esteemed Sydney…

Posted by Save Willow Grove on Saturday, 24 April 2021

“There is no need to destroy Willow Grove to make way for the government’s proposed museum and shopping complex. It is bizarre to suggest the only way the people of Sydney’s west can have a new cultural institution is by tearing down and paving over irreplaceable heritage sites.

“The government can run as much push-polling as it likes, but at the end of the day the people of Parramatta and their supporters across the trade union movement have shown they can put the boots on the ground to stop the destruction of Willow Grove.

Yesterday history was made with the May Day march moving to Parramatta to support the CFMEU Construction & General NSW…

Posted by Save Willow Grove on Saturday, 1 May 2021

“The Green Ban on the destruction of Willow Grove remains in force. It’s time for the Berejiklian Government to sit down with the community to find a way to build the Powerhouse without destroying this important heritage site.”