Changes to State Planning Laws.
The Trust put in a short submission in response to the State
government’s which proposed substantial changes to the planning and
development process. We have also joined the Better Planning network
which has been set up to consolidate the response of community
organisations to these proposals.
The platform of the Network is:
- Community engagement in decision-making is essential at every stage of the planning and development process.
- Protecting our natural and cultural heritage is fundamental to the wellbeing of our communities.
- Development must put local residents and communities first.
- Strategic planning must be evidence-based.
- Development must comply with strategic planning instruments.
- Infrastructure goes hand in hand with development.
We remain deeply suspicious of any attempts to reduce community involvement in the planning and development process and any attempts to provide greater certainty to developers. The Committee intends to be actively involved in the development of the proposals.
The link to the Better Planning network that we have joined can be found at http://betterplanningnetwork.good.do .
The platform of the Better Planning network can be downloaded as a PDF from HERE
and a PDF version of our submission is available HERE.
2012 Photographic Competition.
The KWT Photography Competition is open to anyone living in the Central Coast region.
Children are encouraged to enter.
BanksiaEach photograph must have, as a substantial component of the composition, at least part of at least one Banksia.
Photographs can be black and white or colour.
One entry per category allowed per person.
Two categories only, Print and Digital.
Only minor image adjustment is permitted, such as cropping, sharpening, contrast, and levels. The photo must not be otherwise greatly manipulated ie. objects should not be added or removed in order to enhance the shot no composite images.
All photographs entered in the print section of the competition must be mounted. Mounts to be of cardboard or mount-board only, no frames/glass will be accepted. Mounts are to be black and have a minimum 50mm border around the photograph. There are no size restrictions.
All photographs entered in the digital section of the competition should be submitted on a CD / DVD and be in JPEG format.
A panel of judges, including one professional photographer and one local artist, will select the category winners and runners-up. The judging panel’s decisions are final.
There will also be an opportunity for people viewing the exhibition to cast a vote which will result in a popular favourite.
Entries must be submitted to the Maitland Bay Centre (open weekends only) by Sunday 16th September 2012. All entries must be accompanied by the completed entry form and either mounted photograph or disc.
Entries will be exhibited at the Maitland Bay Centre over the long weekend and will be returned by mail if a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed with your entry form. Otherwise, prints will be donated to local schools or libraries.
KWT will not cover any transport costs incurred in delivery or return of work.
KWT will not be responsible for any of the entries
Entrants retain copyright of their image. KWT reserves the right to reproduce images by print and electronic media for not for profit publications, advertising and promotions. Entrant’s names will be acknowledged if the image is reproduced.
All personal information gathered by the KWT will be used solely for the purpose of administering this competition and exhibition.
A copy of the Competition Rules, Entry Form and Poster can be downloaded here.
draft Local Environment Plan put up for exhibition has stirred up a
storm of protest across the Coast. All regional governments must
prepare a draft LEP in which they must conform to a new set of
simplified zonings. The aim is to make the planning instruments
consistent across the whole state.
Gosford Council has taken the opportunity to significantly reduce the level of environmental protection given to the Coastal Open Space Scheme (COSS) lands. This scheme was initiated by Council in 1984 with the expressed intention of preserving precious coastal environments and wildlife corridors. It is a unique program and one of the Council’s most farsighted achievements.
In the draft LEP the Council has elected to propose an RE1 (Recreation 1) zoning for the COSS lands. This represents a significant reduction in the level of protection afforded these lands as it allows for the development of all kinds of recreational facilities such as caravan parks and swimming pools. The zoning that is closest to the intentions of the COSS program is an E2 (Environmental Conservation) which is what we are asking Council to use in the final LEP.
The COSS lands in the Bouddi Peninsula are marked as follows on the map (click on map for a larger version):
1. Putty Beach Reserve. Currently zoned 6(a) Open Space recreation. Although weed infested in many places a long term management plan has been prepared.
2. Several blocks below the ridgeline. These are currently zoned 7(a) Conservation and are continuous with other blocks to be zoned E2 in the LEP
3. A block off Fraser Rd (50) and several blocks on the ridge behind the extension on Hardy’s Bay Pde. Currently zoned 7(a) and are continuous with other blocks to be zoned E2 in the LEP
4. A block that goes back up to the ridge from the end of Como Pde. Currently zoned 6(a) but continuous with land to be zoned E1 and E2.
5. The area currently used as a Council dump off Maitland Bay Dr. Currently zoned 6(a).
The first four parcels of land are worthy of the best protection Council can give them which would be an E2 zoning. The fifth block can stay RE1.
There are two other parcels that are not COSS but should be given improved protection from future development.
1. The foreshore reserve that runs along the Killcare waterfront between Noble Rd. and the Hardy’s Bay RSL is zoned RE1 in the draft. This zoning should be extended to include the reserve areas along the waterfront adjoining all of Araluen Dr, around the point to the boat ramp at Pretty Beach. The proposed zoning for this area is R2 (residential) and should be RE2.
2. The blocks in Blythe St that contain swamp mahogany forest and the grave of Thomas Menton (d. 1837). This is currently zoned 6(a) and should be zoned E2 not RE2.
The deadline for submissions was extended to May 8th. The Trust’s submission is on the website as a PDF file.
Empire Bay Electrical Substation.
Australia seems intent on putting a substation in the triangle of land
opposite Impact Plants and next to the Liberty service station. It has
applied for the removal of recently granted protection for this site.
In the Land and Environment Court judgement on the petrol station in 2003, this block was identified as containing the most significant native vegetation on the whole development site. It forms an important corridor for both water flow and wildlife between the ridge and the wetlands on the other side of Empire Bay Drive. A covenant and restriction of use was imposed to protect the remaining native vegetation and the efficiency and quality of the water flow through the block.
The Trust’s objection can also be seen via our website as a PDF file.
Empire Bay Liberty Restaurant Development.
the area adjacent to the Liberty Service station a proposal has been
submitted for three restaurants. The current plan would further erode
the 30m setback recommended by the L&E Court and involve removal of
much of the regrowth of swamp mahoganies along Wards Hill Rd. The Trust
has objected on those grounds and that objection can also be seen on the website as a PDF file.
Hardys Bay Development Land and Environment Court Success - Character wins!
written judgement of the Land and Environment Court on the appeal
against Councils refusal of the Araluen Drive proposal has been made
available. It can be seen on the Court’s website for Bespoke properties vs GCC or on our site as a PDF file.
The appeal was rejected on the sole ground that the proposed development was unsuitable for the character of the area. The visual impact of the bulk and loss of trees was found not to be in keeping with the provisions of Development Control Plan (DCP) 159 which contains Council’s character statement for the Killcare / Hardy’s Bay area.
The judgement was very clear about the importance of DCP’s in the planning process and quoted two planning instruments to back this up.
1. Clause 10(4) of the Gosford Planning Scheme Ordinance — that consent must not be granted for development unless the consent authority has taken into consideration the character of the development site and the surrounding area.
2. Section 8(d) of SEPP 71 requires the consent authority to consider: The suitability of a development given its type, location and design and its relationship with the surrounding area.
Interestingly the Court supported the developer’s arguments on all the other main points. These were the floor-space ratio, the height, the building plane, the status of the spotted gum forest, heritage and bushfire risk.
This was a victory that strengthens our hand in our determination to protect the special character of the area. Well done everyone who supported that campaign.
Following the successful bid for a grant to upgrade the Maitland Bay Centre, a DRAFT Interpretation Plan has been developed.
The initial work covered by the grant funding will involve reconstruction of the window display area, a work station and counter area, and a large photographic wall mural of a Sydney Red gum (smooth barked apple, angophora costata).
As well as some electrical work and internal painting will be completed. Both NPWS staff and external contractors will be employed for this work. What is actually accomplished will depend on how much things cost.
NPWS have purchased a flat-screen TV and DVD player to be installed in the new wall of the window display to continually display visual images and information about Bouddi NP and the area. It is envisaged to get input into developing a DVD from volunteers with expertise in this area eg. photography, web design, computer prowess etc.
THAT MEANS YOU. So please come forward with your help.
We have a new book for sale at the Maitland Bay Centre. Birds and Animals of Bouddi National Park is an activity and colouring in book for children.
50/50 by 2020
We support the objective of meeting a target of a reduction in our energy use by 50% and generation of 50% clean energy by the year 2020 in order to tackle climate change. Read our August 2009 newsletter for more details. Have you filled out the survey on your energy use.
Are you concerned about the amount of bottled water that you purchase? Whatever your answer, maybe you shoud read the attached Powerpoint presentation from the USA. A sobering story.
DA35452/2008 - No 58-62 Araluen Drive Hardys Bay
Our objections and concern for this proposed "over-development" include:
- * Contradiction of Gosford DCP 159 guidelines for "character".
- * The scale and character of the development is unsympathetic to the area
- * The removal of habitat for birds and mammals
- * Removal of in excess of 100 mature Spotted gum and Iron Bark trees
- * Congestion of the intersection during and after construction
- * High visibility structure dominating the landscape
- * Future pressure on infrastructure and roads
- * Parking issues
Hardys Bay Foreshore Walk.
In 2005, a public meeting was held under the "Yum Yum" tree to discuss the need for a Hardys Bay Foreshore Walk. Many ideas were floated and a committee formed. Early this year a detailed plan was formulated and forwarded to Gosford City Council for comment and funding. A master plan was put on display and TWO community meetings were held. A written response from the KWT committee may be read here.
Flooding in the Mudflat Creek has been under study for some time by Gosford City Council. Ann Bowe for the KWT has been a member of the committee that is investigating the Floodplain Risk Management Study. A Community Information Sheet was circulated in July 2006. No final decision has been made.
Turo Creek Floodplain StudyA similar study has recently concluded in the Turo Creek floodplain. . No final decision has been made.
Lobster Beach Walking Track
"The Missing Link" section joining the Lobster Beach Walking Track at Wagstaffe to the National Park at Box Head.is awaiting the final stages. The local residents concerned have given their consent, the Minister has yet to finish the process.
Many patches of the natural vegetation in the area are weed infested. This has been a longtime concern of the KWT. Due to the efforts of a hard working band of volunteers, "The Bouddi Bitou Bashes", many large blocks of bitou bush in the National Park have been eradicated or reduced. Other groups work on Beach Drive and at Wagstaffe.
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