Residents fight to save village future

RESIDENTS opposed to a seniors' housing development at Jamberoo have called on the community to fight for the village's future.

Huntingdale Developments submitted a planning proposal in 2012 to rezone 7.8 hectares in Wyalla Road (currently zoned RU2 Rural Landscape to R2 Low Density Residential and E3 Environmental Management) in order to build 30 Torrens title seniors housing lots and 22 detached residential housing lots.

At the February council meeting, the majority of councillors resolved to adopt the planning proposal. Sixty-five submissions were received during the public exhibition period, including 54 objections.

Matters highlighted in the submissions included flooding issues, loss of village character and inadequate services in Jamberoo.

A development application is yet to be lodged.

At the meeting, councillor Warren Steel said the project was "long overdue" and would save Jamberoo, which he believed was dying. Jamberoo Valley Watch was formed by concerned residents in response to the council's decision.

The group is circulating a survey, seeking residents' thoughts on Wyalla Road, potential future development in Jamberoo, whether a town meeting should take place to discuss Jamberoo's future and "do we continue to fight to save the village of Jamberoo or not?".

Residents have requested the council host a public hearing into the future development of Jamberoo.

"As a result of the recent council meeting, Jamberoo now has an extended town boundary behind Wyalla Road and down to the creek, which could allow for the subdivision of prime rural land," the survey read.

Resident Reg Curnow questioned what would make the Huntingdale proposal viable after two other residential developments on the site had been previously rejected on flooding grounds.

With housing recently built in Allowrie Street, Churchill Street and Tate Place, and an additional 31 lots approved in Drualla Road, residents have argued the council's nominated 3 per cent growth rate would be exceeded and 30 seniors lots were unnecessary.

Mr Curnow believed the council had ignored residents' objections, saying residents were taking advice on potential Land and Environment Court action.

"This and other recent decisions will see the number of building lots in Jamberoo Village increase by at least 25-30 per cent in the near term; well in excess of state government and council requirements," Mr Curnow said.

The survey must be in by Friday. Contact 0407 272 122 or email jamberoovalleywatch@gmail.com.

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