News

Residents fear affordable housing project may become ghetto

CONCERNS: Green Vision Developments managing director Scott Wharton discusses his vision for the area with concerned residents on Fisher Street.
CONCERNS: Green Vision Developments managing director Scott Wharton discusses his vision for the area with concerned residents on Fisher Street. Marc Stapelberg

A DEVELOPER has met with Goonellabah residents in an attempt to allay concerns about the proposed $22-million ALTITUDE2480 development adjoining Fischer St and Casuarina Dr.

Scott Wharton, Green Vision Developments managing director, met with more than 20 residents in Fischer St yesterday for a productive, and sometimes heated, discussion about the development application.

Residents questioned him about the sustainable development and he attempted to quell speculation that the project, featuring 222 units on 12.94 hectares, will resemble a "ghetto".

"I appreciate your concerns," he told the group.

"But I think if you've got time to sit down, I can show you we've thought about every single part of this, especially the social sustainability."

Tania Fry, the protest group's spokeswoman, lives close to the proposed development's location and said residents have many concerns.

"Primary concerns are there has been no consideration how the residents in this proposed developments will live," she said.

"This area is uninhabitable - it's been used for cattle for a number of years. It was supposed to be housing for Southern Cross students, but that didn't go ahead.

"It begs the question, why is that the case?"

Ms Fry said some residents already experience erosion due to stormwater runoff and are worried further development will worsen the problem.

Residents also noted concerns about environmental issues, outdated aerial maps used in the application, traffic problems, privacy issues, new units not matching the area's family demographic, overuse of amenities and infrastructure and security.

Mr Wharton, who hopes to see the application approved late this year, dismissed many of the concerns and said they largely resulted from misinformation.

While many residents were not visibly pleased with his explanations, others seemed somewhat satisfied with responses.

The Friends of Fisher Street group's current paper petition has gathered more than 160 signatures and an online petition is now being created. They can be contacted at friendsoffischerstreet@hotmail.com.

Topics:  affordable housing goonellabah sustainable housing



'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult

Former The Bachelor Australia contestant Keira Maguire.

Keira Maguire reveals her past to I'm A Celebrity camp mate

Pacific Hwy fully reopens after truck inferno

Emergency services cleaning up the remains of a truck fire that erupted on the Pacific Hwy northbound near Watsons Ln. February 20, 2017.

Pacific Highway fully reopen after truck fire

Special strike force captures alleged ice dealer

90 grams of crystal methamphetamine was found in a car on the Coffs Coast. Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the drug is cloudy and of poor quality and posed a significant risk to meth users.

22 JULY 2015

Photo Gemima Harvey/Coffs Coast Advocate

Accused Wardell man, 42, to face Lismore Court today

Local Partners

'I didn't even know what a mum was': Celeb on Byron cult

FORMER Bachelor contestant, Keira Maguire, reveals her shocking past to a camp mate on I'm A Celebrity.

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Proposed $21 million airpark in holding pattern

A front view of the proposed new aviation museum at Evans Head.

Late businessman's dream on hold ... for now

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

Bidding could start at $1.4M for sought after property

Farrell McCrohon's Jojo Newby rides on a property recently listed at Buccarumbi

One of largest rural properties on market to go under hammer today

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!