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May 28 – Strathfield Council to take legal action against ACU

28 May 2012

Strathfield Council has resolved to take legal action against the Australian Catholic University following breaches to its development consent.

The decision came after the results of independent traffic counts, commissioned by Council over the past few weeks, clearly indicated a breach of consent by the university.

Strathfield Mayor, Councillor Paul Barron, said legal action would be pursued in the Land and Environment Court.

“We now have independent evidence that the university is in breach of its consent,” he said.

“We have given the university a chance and asked to bring its student numbers back to the allowed level. They have been very uncooperative so we need to take action. An institution cannot keep pushing the boundaries to the detriment of the local community without assuming consequences. It’s time to seek justice for our residents,” he added.

Current consent provided to the ACU restricts on-site numbers for the main campus to be no more than 510 students during the day and 247 during the night time. As for the Edward Clancy campus, student numbers shall not exceed a maximum of 240 students at any given time.

As a first step in the legal proceedings, Council is requesting access to the university’s files under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.