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Premier Must Listen to Bellerive Community on Kangaroo Bay Development

Parliamentary Activity - Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Ms Woodruff to move—That the House:—


(1) Notes that Clarence City Council has approved a development for a Hotel and Hospitality Training School and apartments to be built in Kangaroo Bay.


(2) Understands the building on Cambridge road would be 5 storeys, 20.2 metres high, and 83 metres long, and form a continuous solid structure with no breaks, obscuring views of the bay, city and mountain from the road and neighbouring suburb, and will be totally out of scale with other buildings on Cambridge Road.


(3) Further understands the first that local residents heard of this building was when a Development Application was lodged with the Clarence City Council and advertised over the Christmas and New Year period, with a submissions open from 17 December 2016 to 12 January 2017.


(4) Recognises the Clarence Council did not facilitate any public consultation about the increased scale of the development, that the timing of the application meant almost no community-wide discussion could occur, and that professional help from legal firms and planning specialists was not available for residents over the Christmas and New Year period.


(5) Notes with concern that Clarence Council made an urgent amendment to change the Clarence Interim Planning Scheme on 9 January 2017 to enable the proposed application to proceed, only three days before the advertised period ended.


(6) Acknowledges Kangaroo Bay residents have collected over 1,700 signatures, the majority being from locals who support a development in this place, but who want to have a say in such a major development proposal, and who want the size and impact of this proposal to be reduced.


(7) Understands planning processes are supposed to ensure developments only proceed if they are in the best interest of the community – yet the Bellerive community have experienced contempt for their views by their local Council and the state Liberal Government who have contributed to this development.


(8) Calls on the Premier, Hon. Will Hodgman, MP in his capacity as the Bellerive community’s local member, to step in and halt the development process until the concerns of local residents about the scale of the Kangaroo Bay development, and the process under which it was approved, can be addressed and a modified development submitted for approval.