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New Clarence City Council Should Give Kangaroo Bay Back to the People

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Monday, 3 October 2022

Tags: Kangaroo Bay, Public Land, Clarence

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  | Greens Member for Franklin

After six years of misleading and inaction, Chambroad Petrochemicals are back – asking for another two year extension, and this time dropping all pretence of public interest infrastructure.

Their proposed development, which is entirely on prime public land, now doesn’t even present the illusion of community benefit. Dropping the hospitality school from Chambroad’s waterfront hotel plans is a substantial change and should require the company to start a new Development Application, at the least.

We urge the new Clarence City Council, however, to buy the land back for the amount they sold it for, given no works have commenced. Kangaroo Bay is beautiful waterfront public land, and should be used for the community.

Thanks to the hard work of many community members, the developers haven’t been able to bulldoze through their full privitisation plans. The new council should listen to the community’s wishes.

It should be a priority for the new Council to retain the Kangaroo Bay public spaces in any development of the site, in accordance with the Council’s Masterplan that went through a thorough Tasmanian Planning Commission consultation process. Anyone living on the Eastern Shore understands how important this site is for the community, not private profiteers.

We urge residents to vote for the future of Kangaroo Bay in the upcoming election, and preference candidates who want it protected for the public and sensitive development.