The Greens have today voiced their opposition to any further expansion of Headlands Hotel.
Greens MP David Shoebridge has visited the site along with Ward One candidate Mithra Cox, following the lodgement of a Development Application to add 40 square meters of extra floor space and build a roof over existing outdoor areas.
“This is a precious part of the state, where the escarpment frames the beach and headlands,” says Mr Shoebridge. ” The existing building is already far too bulky and out of character.
“The locals I’ve spoken to are saying ‘enough’ and expect their council to oppose the further expansion of this local eyesore,” Mr Shoebridge.
Mithra Cox agrees, saying what the Northern Illawarra actually needs are smaller, more diverse venues.
“Instead of expanding an already massive beer barn,” she says, “we need small bars or clubs in our established town centres. Suburbs such as Thirroul could have more small venues with live music that attract new visitors and benefit the surrounding businesses.
“There is no discernible community benefit from this mega pub, but it will have a serious negative impact on our precious coastline and our local nightlife.
“We are supportive of sensible development that sees real community benefit, that provides a more diverse and vibrant nigh culture and that doesn’t simply pour more concrete onto our coastal fringe”
“If elected I will work with council to ensure the Headlands expansion does not occur and that our community takes back control of our coast from developers.”