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Hadley’s heritage preserved

The state government has ensured an important part of western Sydney history will be protected for future generations.

Planning Minister Anthony Roberts has confirmed the government has acquired the Hadley Park property from the Penrith Lakes development corporation.

The Castlereagh property has a special meaning for Ray, belonging to his fourth great-grandfather Charles Hadley in the 18th century.

The homestead’s significance is undeniable as one of Australia’s oldest farming estates but keeping it on the map for future generations has been a struggle.

Mr Roberts tells Ray Hadley, “we can now preserve and protect this state heritage listed site”.

“We can allow future generations to come and learn about an important part of Australia’s history.”

Ray has applauded the government’s decision.

“Far too often in the history of this country… we knock over beautiful old homes that should be preserved for generations.”

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The planning minister also addressed questions around Sydney’s Opal Tower probe.

The final report found multiple design and construction faults behind the significant damage that saw residents evacuated on Christmas eve amid fears of structural integrity.

Mr Roberts says, “Minister [Matt] Kean has announced today, a raft of reforms that will further strengthen the building code in New South Wales”.