Tag Archives: Housing

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.


Dapto School Update

I spoke with Rebecca Flinn from the Illawarra Community Housing Trust today. She states “this is not social housing, this is for middle income earners who cannot afford market rents.” Aparrently only half the site will be used for the units and the other half sold off, so its not too late for a community park. The only question is how? I know Dapto Anglican Church were interested in the land and were supportive of designating some land for a community park. Perhaps Council could buy some? Maybe there are grants available that might help? What do you think? For more info on the project you can call Rebecca Flinn on 4254 1129, or email rebeccaf@housingtrust.org.au Wednesday to Friday. I’ll post more details as they become available and after reviewing the Council Documents.

Ken Davis

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.