By Sue Tolley - on behalf of Our Future Shoalhaven
A campaign to stop the multi-purpose 4 storey Motel/Restaurant and Unit complex has been waging with over 100 submissions sent into council and an on-line petition through change.org with over 2000 signatures so far. There is no reason however to feel confident that the DA will be opposed. Answers to questions asked of Council give no indication that they will be influenced by this strong community response. There have been passionate speeches by some Councillors that DA’s need to be fast tracked in order to help stimulate the region and State economy post Covid. In none of these speeches has there been acknowledgment of how increasingly important environmental issues are since the devastating fires and floods in our region. Perhaps this goes without saying but history doesn’t make us feel this way.
More details of questions asked are as follows: Being such a significant development, shouldn’t it be referred to a high authority eg Joint Regional Planning Panel? The Council said No, the costing was not high enough.
We asked, would Council do their own costing to check the applicants? The Council said No, the Quantity Surveyor had all the proper credentials, but if we wanted to pay for one we could.
Huskisson and Woollamia Community Voice (HWCV) have asked for a community briefing. Council said No, giving Covid as their reason.
The Council did say that they were aware of the strong community feelings would closely at the statements and technical challenges that each person/organisation submitted ..and respond.
Council has also said that they will continue to receive submissions whilst other reports required of the applicant are prepared and submitted. Our Future Shoalhaven (OFS) would encourage anyone who hasn’t submitted to do so or if anyone has concerns not expressed in their original submission they should submit another.
OFS is seeking advice from the Environment Defenders Office on what other steps can be taken.
Link to the change.org on-line petition is below please sign if you haven’t done so already and share with your appropriate friends, family, and network. http://chng.it/6WvqxqK5XT