Eastern Suburbs Sydney
Largest ever petition, people power against the might of the Coogee Bay Hotel
Coogee Rally Crowd
Greens Lee Rhiannon yesterday joined the long list of people who have signed the petition. Politicians of all colours have been united in their opposition to the Coogee Bay Hotel development plans from the outset including the Member for Coogee Paul Pearce, Randwick Councillor Bruce Notley-Smith (Liberal Candidate for Coogee), local Labor Councillor Tony Bowen, Greens Councillor Murray Matson and more recently the Shadow Minister for Planning Brad Hazzard.
Lee Rhiannon congratulated all those involved in the Coogee Petition on the community spirit involved in delivering the largest single issue petition to the NSW Parliament.
The Campaign to Keep Coogee a Village has also produced a range of badges, many of which are now proudly worn by locals as they go about their daily life. It’s a sign that old fashioned grassroots campaigning is still one of the most powerful ways for the community to unite and let politicians know what electorate wants of its representatives’. The Coogee Precinct has been involved in the campaign from the outset and a growing band of locals have given up hundreds of hours maning stalls and distributing flyers.
In this camapign, locals are asking the State Government to respect the local planning laws. Coogee is already a high-density suburb and multi-storey development is allowed on the site, to a maximum of 12 metres. But the Coogee Bay Hotel development plans exceed this limit and also exceed the density controls on the site. Since the NSW Government introduced the “Major Projects” Part 3A amendment to the EP&A Act, many large developments have bypassed Councils and been submitted to the NSW Department of Planning. Most development applications declared a “Major Project” by the NSW Department of Planning have been approved by the Minister for Planning and not all comply with local planning laws.
While residents groups and Councils have been critical of the Part 3A legislation for failing to adequately consult the community, the NSW Government, including Kristina Keneally when she was Minister of Planning, is proud of the record of the NSW Government in approving large development, arguing that these developments generate employment and economic stimulus to the State. The Liberals have vowed to repel the Part 3A legislation if elected saying that transparency and accountability is not served by the having the Department of Planning and the Minister for Planning make decisions on developments that impact locally.
What do you think of the Coogee Bay Hotel Development Plans?
Campaign to Keep Coogee A Village website http://www.savecoogee.com/MainPage.html
Facebook Page “Save Coogee From High Impact Development”
Developers Plans can be found on the Oakstand site (hosted by Bang the Table) http://thevillagecoogee.com.au/
Streetcorner has been covering the community reaction to the Coogee Bay Hotel development plans since the beginning, if you’d like to learn more about the plans here are some of the articles;
Cheung to host a Boardroom Luncheon on redevelopment plans for Coogee Bay Hotel
Save Coogee Village rally gives high-rise development the thumbs down
Bugseye will undertake community consultation on Coogee Bay Hotel site
10,000 people sign to Keep Coogee a Village
Paul Pearce slams the secrecy of Coogee Bay Hotel developers
Three options for Coogee Bay Hotel, a clever strategy to have locals choose
7,000 now say no to huge development and yes to keeping Coogee a village