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Under Threat

Developers and Councils are planning 17,000 new homes as well as industry and commercial development on the western foreshores and hinterland of Lake Illawarra. Lake Illawarra Authority chairman Doug Prosser says that the threat to our Lake has never been greater. This would have to be the understatement of the decade. Increased stormwater runoff, rubbish and sewerage overflow cannot possibly be healthy for the lake. But it’s not just the lake. What impact will this have on traffic, employment, air pollution, noise, social equity, access to services and quality of life? I’d like to think that developers and council have our best interests at heart, but I’m afraid bitter experience proves otherwise.

These western Illawarra developments are a miniature representation of the “Big Australia” debate. How much of our natural beauty, limited resources and quality of life are we as a community willing to sacrifice? Simple maths tells us that exponential growth cannot continue on a planet or in a community with finite resources. Even astonishing technological advance will only delay the inevitable. Somewhere, sometime a line needs to be drawn. The only question is when we draw that line and what sort of living conditions we want from that time forward. We can make that decision proactively, or we can have it foisted upon us by famine, thirst and civil unrest. Recently we were only six months short of running out of water.

So Rod Oxley was right. Wollongong needs a vision (but not his). We need a vision of a low impact, sustainable future that delivers a reasonable quality of life to all the members of our community. We also need a way for communities to have a voice. This is not just to “have a say” but to actually shape the decisions which affect our lives. Communities have spoken about all these developments. However, as usual, all levels of Government have placed the economic benefit of a few above the wants and needs of the community. It’s not just the Lake, but our children’s future that is under an insidious threat.

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Wollongong gets poor green rating – Local News – News – General – Illawarra Mercury

Illawarra Mercury 15 June 2010.

This is no surprise given the State Government’s propensity for giving away land to developers at bargain basement prices and building houses on high quality agricultural land. CRED calls on council to keep Tallawarra Point and Calderwood green.

BY NICOLE HASHAM

15 Jun, 2010 04:00 AM

Wollongong is the worst ranked of all Australian cities when it comes to coping with emerging environmental pressures such as climate change, a national report has revealed.

The Australian Conservation Foundation’s Sustainable Cities Index, which measured the eco-credentials of the nation’s 20 largest cities across 15 indicators, found Wollongong was Australia’s least “resilient” city – the most likely to falter under major environmental stress.

The unflattering result was due to a low education rate, comparably poor public health, a scarcity of volunteers and a lack of local food production, the index showed.

Just 35 per cent of people aged over 20 have completed Year 12 or equivalent, and almost 7 per cent of the city’s population suffers Type 2 diabetes.

High levels of household loan repayments also contributed to the result.

In terms of overall sustainability, Darwin was ranked No 1.

Wollongong placed 17th, ahead of Newcastle, Geelong and Perth.

Australian Conservation Foundation spokeswoman Monica Richter said a sense of community would help cities stay resilient in the face of threats such as global warming or a peak oil crisis.

“A city with a strong sense of community, volunteering and more places for local food production is better placed to deal with future challenges, by giving people a sense of strong, cohesive community around them,” she said.

“Wollongong has some way to go – it is doing very well in some areas and poorly in others.”

The city also ranked worst in air quality, measuring 2.5 times more particulate matter per cubic metre of air than the best performing city, the Sunshine Coast.

But Wollongong scored well in water usage, low rates of private car ownership and climate change policies put in place by local government.

Cunningham MP Sharon Bird questioned the pessimistic snapshot.

“I very much dispute the argument that somehow there is a major problem in our region that makes it a negative overall – it’s sad to rank in a way that insinuates the bottom cities are not going well,” Ms Bird said.

Conceding youth unemployment and school retention rates were problematic, the Wollongong community boasted a “very deep sense of the need to look after each other”, she said.

Cunningham Greens candidate George Takacs said while Wollongong may have low rates of private car ownership, public transport did not make up the shortfall. He was also concerned about the Illawarra’s hunger for new housing areas, claiming it was eating up valuable agricultural land.

via Wollongong gets poor green rating – Local News – News – General – Illawarra Mercury.

Dapto School D.A. Documents

Closing Date 1st July 2010

Links to Council Documents

Type Title Date Created File Size
City Planning – Lodgement – Plan – Survey 20/05/2009 385.7KB
City Planning – Lodgement – Plan – General – Architecturals 10/05/2010 29MB
City Planning – Lodgement – BASIX 13/05/2010 3.9MB
City Planning – Lodgement – Report – General – Access 13/05/2010 603.9KB
City Planning – Lodgement – Report – Traffic 13/05/2010 18.1MB
City Planning – Lodgement – Report – General – BCA Assessment 13/05/2010 7.3MB
City Planning – Lodgement – Report – Arborist 13/05/2010 15.3MB
City Planning – Lodgement – BASIX 13/05/2010 9MB
City Planning – Lodgement – Plan – Landscape 13/05/2010 21.1MB
City Planning – Assessment – Additional Information – Plan – Landscape – Lot 101 Moombara Street 17/05/2010 4MB
City Planning – Assessment – Certificate – ABSA 18/05/2010 1.6MB

CRED seeks community input on Dapto School Site

As reported by ABC News
Contact details corrected 2/6/2010

The federal Member for Throsby, Jennie George, says she is delighted that the Government’s National Rental Affordablilty Scheme will be able to deliver affordable housing in the Illawarra.

The Illawarra Housing Trust will build 108 new dwellings at the old primary school site at Dapto, which has been vacant for six years. Ms George says the apartments should be completed by the end of next year and will be able to provide accommodation for low and middle income families, at a 20 per cent below the market rental rate.

The Illawarra Housing Trust will start construction as soon as possible on the $25 million project. The trust’s executive officer, Jennifer Stewart, says finance for the project still needs to be secured and a development application needs to be lodged with Wollongong council.

CRED is seeking Community Comment on this proposal. You can vote or comment at this page . We are seeking more information from the Illawarra Community Housing Trust about timing and plans. You can contact them here:

The Illawarra Community Housing Trust
10-12 George Street, Wollongong, NSW 2500
Rebecca Flinn – 4254 1129 – rebeccaf@housingtrust.org.au (works W-Fri)

Aparrently the DA has already been lodged. We have posted links to the Council Documents here.