A petition is circulating opposing a plan for the development of 57 new townhouses between Thirroul and Bulli.
The vacant eight hectares of land sits between Wilkies Street, Geraghty Street and Sandon Drive includes the old Cookson Pilbrico site and contains a protected remnant of coastal turpentine forest, an aboriginal site, and native bushland.
This land is currently owned by Anglicare and is covered by a concept plan approved by the NSW government in 2006. This plan included a 120 bed aged care home and a retirement village with 250 apartments.
Anglicare has now made an application to alter the 2006 plan.
The new plan sees a reduction in the number of beds in the nursing home and the number of apartments and the addition of medium density private residential housing.
The lobby group fears a portion of the land will be sold to a private developer to complete the project, setting the precedent for further medium-density development in the Northern Illawarra.
“The Aboriginal heritage site, protected remnant of Coastal Turpentine forest and the wildlife in surrounding bushland is under extreme threat,” say local residents. ” Wilkies Walk, which is currently a safe footpath to the beach (as promised by Stocklands), would have four roads crossing it as well as numerous driveways.”
Residents opposing the development say when Stockland designed the roads of McCauleys Beach they stated these were ‘carefully masterplanned to cater for less than 200 dwellings and to integrate into the local Thirroul community’.
The group believes the roads of McCauleys have not been built to cater for an additional 57 townhouses of up to two storeys and the associated traffic and hazards.
“The roads in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra are already heavily congested which will only increase if the 57 townhouses are approved,” they say. ” Increased parking on already narrow streets is a severe safety concern, when parking outside residents’ houses is already a struggle. Increased traffic from 57 townhouses will have a severe impact on the safety of children, pedestrians and cyclists.
“We believe the density of the proposed changes to the concept plan is unacceptable,” says the group. “The bulk, scale and size of the 57 townhouse development is out of context with the current existing housing of Bulli, Thirroul, Sandon Point and McCauley’s Beach and would present a clear precedent for future developers of our land in the Northern Illawarra.”
Copies of the below petition can be signed at Flametree Co-op in Thirroul and Ruby’s Cafe at Bulli.
The petition is as follows…..
Stop overdevelopment in Bulli, Thirroul and surrounding suburbs – Reduce the impact on an already failing traffic network on Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Princes Hwy and surrounding streets.
- Safety of the community is being compromised, more specifically pedestrian safety on the popular Wilkies Walk and those pedestrians who cross from Sturdee Ave to access Wilkies Walk.
- Safety of local residents will be risked without the installation of speed humps, pedestrian crossings, traffic chicanes & reduced speed limits on Geraghty St & Brickworks Ave.
- Current transport infrastructure doesn’t support the size of the development.
- The increase to the existing development plan diminishes the natural scenic quality of the surrounding area.
- Council is failing to take into account safety issues of great total incidence which will impact 10,000+ residents living north of Bulli Pass.
Petition Start Date: August 2018
Prevent the streets of McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul, Sandon Point, Bulli, Austinmer and surrounding suburbs from continuing to become overdeveloped. Save the character of our beautiful towns, stop developers building overly condensed properties and creating congested and dangerous streets.
Anglicare are planning 57 townhouses in addition to their existing plan for an aged care facility and retirement village on the large forested site between Wilkies Street, McCauley Beach Estate and Sandon Drive, Sandon Point. This site encompasses the Remnant of Coastal Turpentine Forest and the Aboriginal archaeological site, both sites should be protected for future generations. Safe and continuous direct beach access via Wilkies Walk is under attack because Anglicare wish to have four roads and multiple driveways crossing Wilkies Walk.
The development is too dense. The bulk, scale and size of the development is inappropriate for the location. It is too close to the protected sites. It is out of context with the existing housing of Bulli, Thirroul, Sandon Point and McCauley’s Beach. The development diminishes the natural scenic quality of the surrounding area and displays no acknowledgement of its setting and seeks to dominant the surrounding area. This development will comprise 57 townhouses, 130 retirement villas and 68 bed aged care/nursing home facility.
This increased development will create more dangerous traffic mayhem for the current area of McCauley’s Beach. And more traffic gridlock for the surrounding streets of Point Street, Lawrence Hargrave Drive, Princes Highway and the further north/south corridor of the Northern Illawarra.
The existing McCauley’s Beach traffic management plan was prepared to reflect the number of residents within the estate and was not designed to accommodate or cope with such a significant increase.
It is extremely hazardous for the safety of residents and community members to have all traffic from the proposed 57 townhouses to be funnelled into the tiny Wilkies Street and the other tiny streets of McCauley’s Beach. It is essential that Anglicare funnel the traffic from their 57 townhouses through their Anglicare development so that their traffic will flow into the much larger arterial road of Geraghty Street.
It is in the best interest of the community that Anglicare cease plans to overdevelop their land with dense, overpopulated, low rent housing. It is essential that they dramatically reduce the density of this added proposal to be large land lots available for individual sale which would be better suited to the existing housing within the area in both size, design & stature.
It is imperative for community safety, that the Anglicare development remain a completely separate development with its own traffic management plan and separate entrance which does not utilise the tiny Wilkies and other surrounding tiny streets within the McCauley’s Beach Estate that do not have the capacity for the added increased traffic flow from this development.
Anglicare are proposing to cut costs and have even suggested not opening the Sandon Point entrance and instead funnel all traffic though the tiny streets of McCauley’s Beach and then onto the already heavily congested Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
It is imperative for continued community safety that appropriate safety measures be implemented on Geraghty Street & Brickworks Ave so that these streets continue to remain safe for the local community. It is critical that speed humps, pedestrian crossings, traffic chicanes and a reduced speed limit be implemented to help keep the community safe when these current quite streets become main thoroughfares.
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