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Special place for NAC
InformationDejanSunday, 4 October 2020 - 1:13pm
Part of my contribution to MCC's strategic plans was to suggest special place for our community in those strategies (as one of largest ratepaying communities in MCC), letter to Council's meeting last month:
North Arm Cove is a subdivision different from other “paper subdivisions” – masterplan was done by experts, Walter and Marion Burley Griffin, this represents a national treasure. Plans for URBAN DEVELOPMENT were approved by then Stroud Shire Council in May of 1918 and first lots were sold exactly 100 years ago.
It is a long standing issue of injustice, where large number of rate payers were denied rights and service, where large number of land owners were denied their basic right to dwell on their land, with potential legal risks of class actions and further drain on Council’s resources.
Environmental issues are overstateted and not supported by evidence – area is not genuine “Australian bushland” – it has been regularly cleared of native vegetation for almost two centuries (From the history of The Australian Agricultural Company):
"By June 1826 headquarters had been established, including historic Tahlee House which was occupied by the first four commissioners: Robert Dawson, Sir Edward Parry, Henry Dumaresq and Philip Parker King. Adjacent Carrington was the site of spacious stores, workshops, accommodation and later a church.By the 1830s it was realised that the Post Stephens’ grant was unsuitable for farming and by 1851 the AACo had moved its headquarters to Stroud."
Council owns about 1000 lots of potential value of $250mil. Investment in sustainable communal infrastructure would be a small fraction of that. From our research with infrastructure providers and experienced planning and infrastructure experts (DESIM, Stantec, Alluvium, Flow Systems), apart from roads, infrastructure could be delivered for less than $50,000 per lot on average – profit of $200,000 per lot, or provision of affordable lots for those in need. More than 1000 lots owned by Council could help many.
Ratepayers and community could be provided real opportunity to participate in shaping their own future together with council and industry’s professional teams.
This could be a project that can assist with many of Council’s current issues identified in LSPS:
· Affordable housing
· Opportunity for young population
· Sustainable and affordable services for communities
· Creating resilient, selfsufficient community
· State and Federal government programs invest in sustainable infrastructure and smart communities
This kind of development would be fully aligned with Hunter Region’s vision to create a "leading regional economy in Australia".
World will be different after COVID-19, we can make it better together for the benefit of all.
North Arm Cove and its long-suffering community and ratepayers deserve a Fair Go. And young people of MCC deserve a hope.
Sincerely yours, Landowner and Ratepayer at North Arm Cove,