Some of the residents who were told at a meeting in Dunoon this week council was not listening to objections against a planned
Some of the residents who were told at a meeting in Dunoon this week council was not listening to objections against a planned

Dunoon expansion labelled shoddy

By HELEN JACK helen.jack@northernstar.com.au ‘SHODDY and complete nonsense’ was how Dunoon residents described a plan to build a 56-lot sub-division and sewerage plant in the village.

Two hundred residents gathered at Dunoon Hall on Thursday night to discuss the proposal which was first mooted by Sydney-based developer Hardie Holdings in 2006.

Dunoon Community Group (DCG) chairman Mick Berry told the meeting a new proposal was revealed by council a week ago with a deadline for public submissions set down for February 1.

“When the first DA was proposed we formed the Dunoon Community Group and I remember saying at the meeting not to worry, that council’s process would look after us,” he said.

“I think now I was naive in that attitude and I have serious concerns that council is not listening to us.”

DCG committee member Paula McDougall said the development had the potential to increase the population of the village by 45 per cent or more.

“This would put quite unnecessary and risky strains on the character, infrastructure and social fabric of this small village which has a population of only 372 at the 2006 census,” she said.

“Coming on top of the recent 17-lot Avondale sub-division this is simply too much growth in one go.”

Council’s Lindsay Walker told the meeting council’s planning staff had identified a lot of inconsistencies in the DA.

He said a report had not yet been written for council and a decision on development had not yet been made.

“The first 2006 application was not withdrawn and is still running. We have stopped the clock on the application,” Mr Walker said.

“We are dealing with a quite savvy and aggressive organisation and if council does not deal with the DA within a certain time-frame we risk it going to the Land and Environment Court and then council will not be the decision maker in this process.”



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