Tallawarra Submission Submitted

Tallawarra Lands Major Projects Preferred Project CRED response

There will be a public hearing as part of the next stage. You can also continue to make submissions after the exhibition closing date.

Traffic for Gilba Rd and Cormack/Compton/Emerson is an issue that needs further exploration.

CRED Draft Response to Tallawarra Preferred Project

Thanks to support from a number of locals and Councillor Ann Martin – our submission is ready for scrutiny prior to submission. Because we believe in transparency, we’re not afraid to have our documents open for public scrutiny. Please enter any comments or amendments below. Tallawarra Lands Major Projects Preferred Project CRED response

What you can do before 20th August 2012

At the very least, ask NSW Planning to extend the exhibition and conduct a well advertised public workshop involving representatives from State Planning, TRU and Wollongong City Council. – Then

Get familiar with the facts

  • ~1200 homes on Tallawarra Lands
  • TRU have submitted a “response” to criticisms by Govt Depts., LIA and residents – called the “Preferred Project Report”
  • Residents given 4 weeks to pore through 21 lengthy technical documents. Closes Monday 20 August 2012.
  • Land is earmarked as Employment Lands, but employment land is on Geotechnically challenging contaminated land and may never get built.
  • Responsibility for required infrastructure (schools/transport/access/roads) is being passed on to the surrounding community/services/govenrment.
  • The likely outcome is that land designated as Employment Lands will be a high priced residential development with a negative impact on employment prospects for Dapto which already has a very high unemployment rate.

If you have concerns:

At the very least, ask NSW Planning to extend the exhibition and conduct a well advertised public workshop involving representatives from State Planning, TRU and Wollongong City Council.

The Game is Afoot – Again

After long moths of waiting – finally some news. In response to over 100 objections, TRU have amended their proposal and we have until August 20 to respond. Don’t you love how the system works. We need a big response so now is not the time for submission fatigue. CRED will be drafting a response. All comments are welcome. Trying to find information through the NSW planning website is a nightmare – so here’s what you need:

Look under the Preferred Project Report – its the third last item after all the Appendices. Good luck.

Tallawarra Objection submitted

I have submitted my objections on behalf of CRED incorporating suggestions made. I am also aware that several others have made submissions including Maureen Magee, Rita Webb, Scott Burrows and Rowan Huxtable.

CRED Commended by Council

Is this the dawning of a new day?

On Monday 31 October – the Following motion was moved by Wollongong Council:

Planning and Environment Department

1 The draft submission on Major Project 2009/131 at Tallawarra (Attachment 4 of the report) be endorsed for finalisation by the General Manager and submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

2 The submission –

a Include Council’s desire for infrastructure to lead development, as well as Council to have the ability to prepare a site specific chapter of the DCP and that employment lands be first and foremost in the development.
b Include awareness of the impact on Lake Illawarra.
c Ensure that the water quality from the development is protected.
d Ensure that the bicycle path is appropriate to the requirements identified by the Bicycle Users’ Group.

3 Concerned residents of East Dapto be commended for their hard
work over many years.

Well done to all CRED members who have helped out over the last four years.


WOLLONGONG 2022 Vision Community Summit

This is what community democracy sort of almost looks like

One of the "Ideas" boards

Today I had the privilege of attending the Wollongong Community Summit with 200 other members of the Wollongong community. It was a seemingly diverse group. We were charged with the responsibility of helping formulate the vision to be at the heart of Wollongong City Council’s Community Strategic Plan. Many attendees were cynical, believing this to be another WCC tick the box exercise in faux community consultation. However there are a few promising signs that this may be the dawning of a new day for council. The most significant is that for the first time in my memory, council are submitting serious objections to the TRU concept plan for the Tallawarra Lands. This would never have happened in the old regime.

There are a few warnings. Firstly, although appearing diverse, there were only 2 community members from the Dapto area. See the map below. There were none from Cringila, Warrawong, Port Kembla, Primbee or Windang. The far north was also very lightly represented. Sadly there were very few aboriginal people. People with disabilities seemed well represented. All ages were present in good numbers.

Suburbs represented.

Council did commission a survey of school children from the Warrawong area. Interestingly apart from mentioning their love of beaches and the environment, they were very concerned about prostitution in Wentworth Street. Some cynical people suggested that the data collection process may have been shaped in particular directions. Children’s number one priority for Wollongong was – more “nice people”. Hmmmm.

Also, this is one of several summits. Others have been for “Leaders” and “business”.  While this event seems to be a genuine effort to engage the community, time will tell how much weight is given in practice to these various perspectives. When there is conflict between goals or strategies, how will these be resolved. Will the “ordinary” resident keep their seat at the table or be pushed aside for the interests of “business” and “leaders”?

I shared tables with a number of groups and encountered the usual problems of dominant personalities hijacking the agenda, not respecting others and completely ignoring the task at hand. Maybe Wollongong really does need more nice people. There were also a lot of passionate, respectful articulate people.

Interestingly in terms of content, there was a significant amount of convergence around key issues. The environment rated very highly. There was a strong push for an end to homelessness and unemployment. People wanted Wollongong to genuinely embrace innovation as a real possibility, not just a slogan.

Details will follow shortly, but I thought I’d share my last table’s consensus vision statement for Wollongong. We can’t show you this woman’s face because its irrelevant – read the sign.