Public voice ensures hub resistance

Kevin Gillis speaks at the Stop the Hub meeting. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

Kevin Gillis speaks at the Stop the Hub meeting. Picture: GEORGIA MATTS

DESPITE the controversial City Hub being a step closer to realisation, Shellharbour councillor Kellie Marsh said resistance will continue.

Shellharbour City Council this week lodged the development application for the project, which will go on display from tomorrow until July 2.

Cr Marsh hosted an anti-hub meeting at Centenary Hall, Albion Park last weekend, which she said highlighted the case against the project.

"We had a number of people there who don't have kerb and guttering, who have suffered long-term flooding and want those issues to be addressed rather than seeing money ploughed into a project that the community doesn't want," Cr Marsh said.

"People are saying that this is a lost battle and there's lines drawn in council, but it's not a battle, it's about what are the priorities of the community and what does the community want?

"As far as I'm concerned nothing is ever lost when you're on the side of the people."

While Cr Marsh said the meeting illustrated the opposition in the community towards the project, there is some controversy about the number of people in attendance.

Cr Marsh disputes media reports there were only 50 people at the meeting.

"There is a maximum capacity at the hall, so I had somebody on the door doing a head count. I did a rough count and put the number 140 but I was told there was 150.

"There were a lot of new faces who were against the hub, while there was only one or two who spoke for it."

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